Galvanise Brighton & Hove is governed by a Management Committee, a group of community volunteers, including a member from every active Ambition Development Group. The Committee structure includes a Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. 

The Management Committee meets roughly once a month to discuss ongoing plans, actions and strategy, and the notes from each of these meetings is available below, bar any personal or sensitive information. Please get in touch at if you have any thoughts. 


GalvaniseBH Management Committee Minutes

28th June 2018

1.    Emily gave a summary of the Housing First Conference she attended in Scotland – she is sharing the Public Health report and notes with the group.

2.    Review of previous actions. Emily is circulating the constitution for the Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary and Treasurer to sign. Kerry and Atholl to complete set up of the bank account.

3.    It was decided minutes from each Management Committee (MC) meeting will be posted on the website to ensure transparency and accountability. 

4.    GalvaniseBH new email address. Sally updated that the new email address allows multiple users to be added with their own project name and own log-ins. Email Sally if you want a project team email address.

5.    Ambition Development Group (ADG) updates. Emily reported the Housing First meeting went well, with positive actions. James is arranging a meeting for the Modular Housing Group, there was discussion about whether to combine with the Housing First group. James to confirm plans with Emily. Aisling to ask member of the PRA at living Rent ADG to represent their group on the MC. 

It was also agreed ADG coordinator emails could be shared amongst the groups to facilitate knowledge and ideas sharing.

GalvaniseBH Management Committee Minutes

5th July 2018

1. The launch event venue was discussed, with the Management Committee (MC) deciding on One Church on Monday 16 July from 6-8pm. James will confirm this at a meeting on Tuesday 10 July.

2. Sally discussed the invitation and guestlist for the event. Sally to update and send around invitation and updated guestlist to the MC. 

3. Discussion on the event structure, who to invite as guest speakers and who to present on each section. James to ask relevant people to speak at the event, Sue to update a presentation and send to Kerry and Sally, and Sally to send around an updated session plan to the MC. Sally to send Sue slides from the Innovation Event and Emily to send Sue text from a previous presentation.

4. Discussion on the events purpose. 

5. Atholl discussed the issue of strategic leadership – how to keep GalvaniseBH connected to the wider community. Emily suggested using the day of consultant time to address this – it was agreed to raise this following the event.

6. Emily updated on the report progress. Emily continuing to draft report, and Sally to check in with printers.

7. Atholl discussed the bank account set-up process. All members of the GalvaniseBH Management Committee present agreed that an account would be set up with the chosen bank. These funds are to be used for all activity working towards ending rough sleeping in Brighton and Hove. The officials of the bank account will be Atholl and Kerry, with a third name to be added. Sally to send Atholl copy of the signed constitution document.

GalvaniseBH Management Committee Minutes

16th July 2018

1. Discussion about the launch event postponement. James to update on venue availability.

2. Discussion on the need for a campaigning group. Arguments put forward that we need to look at the result findings and identify gaps that we have a chance of impacting. It was suggested Fiona lead this group, and she discussed a contact she had that was wanting to bring businesses together to help get people back into work. 

3. Emily gave an update on the report, and we recapped what rough sleepers had told us they want during Connections Week - we have done nothing around paid employment yet. Discussion about whether the report should use data from other sources.

4. Update on the Ambition Development Groups. RR suggested that there is an overlap with the PRA at Living Rent and local providers offering units (Every Home Makes a Difference). Kerry to discuss with RR. 

5. Discussion about the need for a policy for future funds raised. Greg mentioned a contact that would like to contribute to the campaign, and the MC discussed where this would best fit. Emily and Atholl are developing an options paper for Greg.

6. Emily updated on her ADG’s progress - they are doing a feasibility study, and may need a planning consultant. Atholl updated on the Self Help ADG, and their planned outing on Friday 20 July. Aisling to write a short summary post-outing.

7. Discussion about how we best reach rough sleepers with complex needs, as many of the current ADG’s are geared towards those with low or medium needs.

8. The World Habitat webinar on political advocacy took place on Wednesday 18 July. Greg listening in.

GalvaniseBH Management Committee Minutes

1st August 2018  


1. Atholl updated the Management Committee (MC) about the bank account - it has now been finalised.

2. Atholl updated about the Brighton and Home Ambition Development Group (ADG) and its trip to a self-help project in London on Friday 20 July. 15 people visited the project and two converted properties. The next stage is to set up a workshop, find a workshop space and write a second project business proposal. Atholl and Aisling to send Sally images, quotes and video.

3. Atholl updated about the architect contact and possible funding for GalvaniseBH - he has been invited to go in and meet the team to discuss feasibility and next steps.

4. Emily informed the group that the Housing First/ Modular Housing ADG has a meeting coming up with a local organisation to discuss modular housing land. Meeting to take place on Monday 13 August. Emily sharing a business plan on the costs of flipping shared housing.

5. Kerry and Rebecca informed the group that they had met to discuss the overlap between the Every Home Matters and Living Rent ADGs.

6. Rebecca updated on the Living Rent ADG - it is doing research about the work being done in other cities, and it hopes to speak with similar projects. It may get in touch with the London Renters Union. 

7. James was unable to log on to the World Habitat webinar on political advocacy, but is getting a recording to share with the MC.

8. Emily discussed ways to expedite the report writing. The MC discussed the need for a designer - Sally to put a call out on social media for volunteers. 

9. James is asking the event venue about their availability in the last two weeks of September.

10. Discussion about the money going to Umbrella Brighton and Hove, how it works, the process and how to get feedback at certain intervals.

11. Emily showed us a presentation she put together for the Safeguarding Adult Board.

12. Kerry to circulate possible dates for the next MC meeting.

GalvaniseBH Management Committee Minutes

3rd September 2018  


1. Sally updated on the transfer of funds to GalvaniseBH’s bank account. 

2. James updated on the World Habitat political advocacy webinar. He will forward the Dropbox recording for those that are interested in listening. The MC discussed the importance of campaigning and what we would need.

3. Discussion about the need to nail down GalvaniseBH's aims. Questions raised about what the purpose of the next planned event is. Do we need to think of a campaigning issue? Or is the format more of a community forum? MC to discuss this and the structure in the next MC meeting.

4. Discussion about the progress of the full report. Sue sharing the report with Sally and Fiona. Greg helping source a report designer. Kerry to support by doing data visualisations.

5. Sue informed the MC about asking public questions, where you sit in front of locally elected members. Fiona submitted question about the council’s commitment to the Housing First model. 

6. Discussion about how we can engage with the media once we have the full report.

GalvaniseBH Management Committee Minutes

18th September 2018  


1. Discussion about how to ensure more members of the Management Committee (MC) can make the meetings - decision to book in the next three meetings to allow maximum time to plan, and will avoid Tuesdays. Sally to send out invites.

2. Update on report. Decision to get the report ready for World Habitat’s European Campaign to End Street Homelessness conference. MC agreed to the fee for the report design. Sue to share draft report with Sally and Fiona for writing support. James asking contact about printing.

3. Discussion about submitting questions to future BHCC committee meetings. Sally to print and bring the list of future Committees to the next meeting. MC to decide which to publicly promote and ask for a GalvaniseBH supporter to attend/ get involved. Idea to hand over management of this to the community at the next event.

4. World Habitat’s European End Street Homelessness Campaign All City Annual Gathering is taking place in Amsterdam on Weds 28 November to Fri 30 November. MC members to put forward their names if they would like to attend. James finding out if other spaces are available.

5. Brief discussion on upcoming event - based on a few pertinent questions - groups to discuss?

6. Sally updated about payments made. Sarah to update on progress homing low need rough sleepers. Sally updated that YMCA DLG are processing the invoice from GalvaniseBH’s account.

7. Sally updated that our website domain renews on 1 October. We need to update the credit card details to pay the fee. Atholl to advise if we can change the details online using the GalvaniseBH info.

8. Kerry is a panel member at Think Nation’s Brighton Digital Festival on 13 October. James letting Kerry know if he can be a mentor on the day. Kerry sharing stuff for Sally to share on social media.

9. Sally drafted paragraph about GalvaniseBH for World Habitat’s blog for World Homelessness Day on 10 October. MC to agree on wording by 3 October.  

GalvaniseBH Management Committee Minutes

11th October 2018  

1. Discussion about how to ensure more members of the Management Committee (MC) can make the meetings - decision that each meeting will fall on the second Wednesday of the month. Sally to send out invites.

2. Discussion about BHCC Committees and Boards - decision to focus on the Health & Wellbeing Board, Neighbourhoods, Inclusion, Communities & Equalities Committee (NICE - next meeting 3 Dec) and Housing & New Homes (next meeting 14 Nov, recommend asking a question). Fiona to submit this question once drafted by Emily.

3. Funds raised have now transferred across. Kerry to write a formal thank you. Sally to thank via social media.  

4. Emily updated about the Housing First Ambition Development Group - she will update about a modular housing opportunity following a meeting on Weds 17 October.

5. Update about Umbrella - they have clients ready and the money ready, but they need landlords. Sally to do a shout-out on social media - get in touch with Umbrella!

6. Sally to forward draft report to Emily.

7. Discussion about what GalvaniseBH is - lobby and campaigning group? An organisation that raises funds and awareness - raises money for organisations that are evidence-based. Discussion about need to do Connections Week next year - to talk about further in the next meeting.

1. Discussion about how to update our supporters on what we’ve been doing since May. Idea to include a digital copy of the full report in an email update to go out early to mid-December. We will also use this opportunity to mention the community event. We will also mention the questions we’re posing to BHCC, and the success with the investigation into rough sleeper deaths. Sally to draft copy for this email and share with the MC for input.

2. Group discussion about the need for a community event next year. We would also discuss the need for volunteers to plan and help carry out Connections Week 2019. MC to discuss at next meeting.

3. Discussion about the ESH Annual Gathering. Filled out the questionnaire for the gathering together. James to finalise and send back to Celeste. Greg finding out about the Coracle referral process.

4. Think Nation event follow up - GalvaniseBH invited to attend meeting this Friday, where young people from the event will be presenting their ideas about how to use tech to improve our lives to Peter Kyle. Anyone able to attend let Kerry know asap.  

5. Sally updated that £115 has been raised for GalvaniseBH. Kerry to send them a thank you card, Sally to thank on social media.

6. World Habitat advised we still have a day of consultancy time - do any of the MC have an idea of what this could be used for? Please let Kerry know asap - by Tuesday latest.

7. Brief discussion about Connections Week 2019 - the resource need and logistics. We will need someone to coordinate the volunteers without resource from YMCA DLG. Decision to pick up planning for this after next year’s event.

GalvaniseBH Management Committee Minutes

14th November 2018