CASE (‘Community, Advice, Support and Education’) was born on 29 April 2015, counting on the professionalism, enthusiasm and creativity of our teams of Welfare Rights Advisers, Event Organisers and Front of House volunteers, and their 10+ years experience.
We have also counted on the warm support from the local community in Hollingdean and from the whole of Brighton and Hove, including disabled and unemployed people, but also from our local MP and local Councillors, and representatives of other organisations against poverty and for social justice.
We are based at CASE Central. CASE Central is a much needed hub for local people in Hollingdean. We are open every week day, 10-5, offering space for socialising, free tea/coffee, free bread/snacks, free clothes, free telephone for welfare purposes, and free computer access for benefits purposes.
We offer free Welfare Rights advice to benefits and Tax Credit claimants from Brighton and Hove – and sometimes to people from outside the city: we have had people seeing us or phoning us from Newhaven, Peacehaven, Lewes, Worthing… On rare occasions we had phone calls from other areas, for example Yorkshire or North London!
We have also continued a 15-year tradition of organising recreational and educational events for children of families on low incomes and refugees, helping many hundreds of parents and children who risk social and financial exclusion.
Since opening, we have improved the venue we are based on, through a programme that started with the creation of our new sign and its unveiling on 18 January 2016, and which has continued with the refurbishment of our front of house, kitchen and offices.
Since April 2015 we have filled the void left by two charities that provided welfare advice and free events for children in Hollingdean (Brighton and Hove Unwaged Advice and Rights Centre and Brighton and Hove Parents and Children Group). Such help is even more necessary now, in times of draconian cuts to welfare benefits and services, and of rising housing and fuel costs.
If you want to read what people say of us click here. We have collected comments from individuals and families who have visited us, received Welfare Rights Advice or attended our events for children, as well as from people we have worked with.
Please explore our menu to discover: what we do for the community, our Welfare Rights advice and support work, and our educational (and recreational) events!