Lewes Santa Run Success

Lewes | Santa Run 2017

The Bevern Trust welcomed scores of good girls and boys participating in the first ever Lewes ‘Santa Run’ on Saturday 2nd December to Harvey’s Yard. The fun run kick-started the festive season for the town as ‘Santas’ suited-up for a Yuletide 2km run and walk, setting off from Harvey’s Yard around Malling Brooks in Lewes, raising vital funds for the Sussex disability charity.

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Our Patron Natasha Kaplinsky and CEO Jonathan Spencer with Santas!

Thank you to the 150 participants, supporters and the pupils and teachers from Priory School in Lewes who joined us. Beneficiaries from the charity’s home Bevern View in Barcombe, also took part with family and friends supporting them along the way. The route was fully accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, so the whole family could take part, even festive dressed dogs! Our thanks also go to Lewes Lions who helped marshal the route.

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Lewes Lions and Marshals – Santa Run 2017

The Charity’s Patron, newsreader and television presenter Natasha Kaplinsky officially started the run, after Group Exercise & Gym Coordinator Debbie McLean from Wave Leisure kindly provided the warm up for all the Santas to get on their way.

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Our Patron Natasha Kaplinsky with parents of residents from Bevern View

At least £1130 has been raised so far from the event to support the charity and its work caring for profoundly disabled people and their families across East Sussex.

All those entering were given their own Santa suits and medal with refreshments and mince pies afterwards provided courtesy of Harvey’s Brewery. The Bevern Trust relies on donations from the public to raise more than £12,000 each month to continue providing its specialist services and opportunities for profoundly disabled people to get more from life.

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Santas in Harvey’s Yard, Lewes

Chief Executive for The Bevern Trust, Jonathan Spencer said “For us to bring the first ever Santa Run to Lewes is very exciting. Not only have we raised vital funds for the profoundly disabled people we care for, but we also hope to have Santa Run as an annual inclusive event that brings the Lewes community together, whilst raising awareness for The Bevern Trust who care for people with highly complex needs in Sussex.”

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Debbie from Wave Leisure, warming up Santas!

Lewes Santa Run 2017 was kindly supported by Lewes District Council and sponsored by Lewes businesses: Harvey’s, HRS Creative and WE Clark & Son, which means all the money raised from runner’s sponsorship goes towards the vital care The Bevern Trust provides.

For more information on The Bevern Trust and how you can get involved like us at www.Facebook.com/thebeverntrust or follow us at www.twitter.com/thebeverntrust


Christ Church Lewes

Christ Church Lewes support The Bevern Trust

Christ Church in Lewes selected The Bevern Trust as their local charity of the year in 2017 which has raised a wonderful £1200 so far. We would like to thank everyone who has donated and supported The Bevern Trust from the Church, it is very much appreciated.

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Jonathan Spencer from The Bevern Trust with Lindsay Frost and Rev. Peter Rayson from Christ Church, Lewes.

On Sunday 9th July, Jonathan Spencer, Chief Executive of the charity was invited to the Service at Christ Church to talk to the congregation about the The Bevern Trust and explain how their fundraising and support has such a positive impact on the lives of the profoundly disabled people in Sussex that we care for.

The Bevern Trust must raise at least £12,000 each month to allow people with profound disabilities to live their lives in abundance. As a charity, we ensure each person we support has real choice and control over the care they need to achieve their goals, to live a fulfilling life and stay in contact with their family and the local community. We rely on the local community to raise the vital funds we need to do this and so we are delighted to have the support from Christ Church in Lewes this year.

If your Church or community group choose a local charity to support each year, The Bevern Trust would be the perfect match and can clearly demonstrate the positive impact of giving back to your local community. You can call 01273 021241 or email info@beverntrust.org for details of how your support can provide life-changing support for people in Sussex who live with the most complex needs, every day.

Bevern Trust Newsletter

The Bevern Trust  Newsletter

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Bevern Newsletter March 2016

You can download a copy by clicking on the download at the base of this article

Please click below to download our latest newsletter & magazine, ‘Bevern’ The Bevern Trust newsletter you can get a hard copy by dropping by Bevern View in Barcombe or we can send one to you: donations welcome. ‘Bevern’ tells you a little of what we do, of the great people we have working for us and the incredible people we look after.  There is a informative central article about people with profound disabilities and how we define ‘profound’.

As we move into spring we have some exciting projects planned in our desire to reach out to more people with profound disabilities. We hope you will continue to help and support us with your time and donations. The Bevern Trust newsletter is a way of keeping you in touch with some of the thing we do and have planned and hopefully an encouragement to get more involved.

Wishing you a wonderful Easter.

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CQC Inspections Report GOOD

CQC Inspections Report of Bevern View in March 2015 was rated good in all five areas; Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led.

CQC Inspections Report rated The Bevern Trust’s home, Bevern View as ‘good’ and everyone has worked very hard to make sure standards in all areas are met and are delighted with the report.

You can read the full Report here.

Our recent unannounced CQC Inspections Report puts us in the top 59% of inspections that are across the board ‘Good.’ And we can work now to be in the 0.6% of those that are ‘Outstanding’. We all would love to achieve Outstanding and we are in contact with CQC Inspections to find out how we can strive to achieve this.

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CQC Inspection Report

Our CQC Report mentioned the following:

“People were treated with respect and dignity by staff. They were spoken with and supported in a sensitive, respectful and caring manner. People were seen laughing and smiling with staff. Staff took trouble to develop the best communication possible with people.”

“Parents we spoke with told us they were happy with the care provided. One parent told us “He’s as happy here as he is at home.” Another parent we spoke with told us “It’s a very happy home. He’s always excited about coming back.”

This a positive CQC Report that clearly highlights the hard work that is put in by everyone here. It is brilliant to have the recognition for not only the loving care that we provide, but that residents experience the very best outcomes.

Commitment to A Living Wage

Commitment to A Living Wage

The Bevern Trust celebrates their commitment to a living wage for all its staff. And Joins the Living wage campaign. The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that The Bevern Trust is accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at The Trust regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK.

Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. Our commitment of care which is so central to the service we provide, is something we want to ensure is also felt by our staff. The Bevern Trust like other employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome The Bevern Trust to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. “The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay. “We have accredited over 1,000 leading employers, including The Bevern Trust, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. “



Ace of Space – Care, freedom and opportunity

To offer the care, freedom and opportunity to the people we look after, we are reminded that everything we do has an impact on the people we care for: the decor, the company administration, as well as the care itself. But to offer the correct operating systems to support the care we need space. Space for admin and management is limited, and whilst we are fundraising for The Wellbeing and Activities Centre, we still need to be more space efficient.

You may have noticed offices are being redesigned with new desks to accommodate staff and provide adequate secure storage so we are fit for the future. Some staff are keen to use their own IT equipment which has saved money, all helping in our drive for efficiency and compliance.

Investing in our health and safety is key to ensuring we have the best support systems in place to care for residents. We have finally got high speed broadband in Barcombe which means changes ahead for every organisation based here. It means we can access a much greater range of online tools and facilities. In our case this means we have been looking to move towards a more paperless office and using more ‘cloud’ based systems for office and business administration.