Helping at the Green Centre

Sorting Bottle Tops at the Green Centre

Sorting Bottle Tops at the Green Centre


Kelly and Roz went to help sort bottle tops with Melanie Rees at The Green Centre in East Brighton on Tuesday 30th July. We had a great time helping out the team and meeting other volunteers and managed to fill three sackfuls of sorted bottle tops to be sent off to the recycling centre in Portsmouth. We also had a small celebration for Melanie’s upcoming birthday with the rest of her team at The Green Centre.

The Green Centre is still looking for people to sort bottle tops. You can volunteer your  help on a Tuesday or a Thursday between 10.30 and 4.30.  Alternatively, if you want to get your own team together you can do this as a group activity. If you think you can help please contact Melanie and leave a message on 01273 687700  or email

Help Needed at the Green Centre

68564_166832536688063_4190379_nThe Green Centre in East Brighton is run by Melanie Rees (one of the founders of the Lupus Brighton & Hove group). They have been collecting milk bottle tops there for the past 6 years to support Lupus UK.

From 2013 any funds raised will go to Lupus Brighton & Hove, who will share them equally with Lupus UK. Collecting milk bottle tops doesn’t raise gazillions of money, but it does raise gazillions of positive energy and awareness as there are literally thousands of collectors around the country! They come from far and wide. As an activity it is also of great support to the environment saving tonnes of plastic from going to landfill.
The Green Centre is currently looking for people to help sort the bottle tops – either for a couple of hours on a Tuesday or Thursday at the Green Centre. Alternatively if you know any groups (eg. families, work groups, Scouts, Girl Guides, etc) they could come and do this as  a group activity on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. The Green Centre is a very peaceful environment with a beautiful garden, a fabulous range of teas and coffee and a very well stocked biscuit box!
If you think you can help please contact Melanie and leave a message on 01273 687700  or email 

July 2013 -Coffee and Chat

We had another very successful coffee and chat despite the overwhelming heat! We were delighted to welcome our youngest member to Lupus Brighton and Hove for the first time- baby Freya.

Kelly brought in her completed poster designs to the coffee and chat and we all had fun colouring them in together.


These are the three lovely designs that will be used to help raise awareness about lupus, our website and the group. They’re available to anyone who ‘d like to distribute them.

Any of these lovely posters promoting Lupus Brighton and Hove can be obtained from our coffee and chats or by contacting us.

DLA/PIP changing Mobility component from 50m to 20m

International_Symbol_of_Access.svgIf you receive DLA or have a blue badge, then you probably know that the current benchmark for mobility is being able to walk a maximum of 50m. The government want to change this to 20m, which will have a huge impact on many people. 

Spartacus is a disability campaign group and this is their last ditch attempt  to improve the personal independence component of the mobility payment.

If you are in receipt of DLA, PIP or have a blue badge, then please take some time to read this and add your voice to fighting this change by heading over to their website and writing a response to the Government’s consultation and/or by signing this open letter to David Cameron and Nick Clegg opposing it.

This extract explaining more about it, is from the Benefits and Work newsletter:

“Spartacus supporters have already taken the DWP to the High Court and forced them to carry out an additional consultation on PIP mobility. The DWP know that without this embarrassing extra consultation there is a real risk that the court would find that reducing the qualifying distance for enhanced PIP mobility from 50 metres to 20 metres was unlawful.

Now Spartacus are asking for your support by not only responding to the new PIP consultation, but also by sending them a copy of your response and signing the open letter that.

If there is overwhelming  support for keeping the distance at 50 metres, the DWP will either have to abide by this or admit that the reason they intend to disqualify hundreds of thousands of disabled people is solely to cut the benefits bill, something which they have repeatedly denied.

Whatever the outcome of the consultation, Benefits and Work believes it’s vital that Spartacus receives the biggest possible response.  The reality is that the well-funded organisations who should, and once would, have fought these battles on behalf of disabled claimants are no longer willing to do so.”