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Homeless Pride community blanket donated to Brighton MCC

Besi Besemar January 28, 2018

Following Homeless Pride last summer, organisers needed to find a home for the Community Blanket woven on the day by those attending.

Homeless Pride 2017, a free family event to enable the homeless, members of the public and service providers to come together, took place at The Level on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

There was something for everyone from live music to poetry, tug of war games and races, food for those in need and tea for everyone. During the course of the afternoon, attendees helped weave the Homeless Pride Community Blanket.

Imogen Di Sapia of Brightmoon Weaving, said: “Homelessness is a complex umbrella term for what is a very real, vibrant and large community, especially here in Brighton. I met so many wonderful people, and the loom was really calling to people to connect with their stories, journeys and histories, and in its own special way, facilitated people to just talk and weave. It was a huge privilege to be part of this event, and the outcome is this Homeless Pride Community Blanket (Pictured above) which was made by many hands.”

Pastor Andrew Ramage and MCC volunteers
Pastor Andrew Ramage and MCC volunteers

The blanket was presented to MCC Brighton at their Street Church project which takes place every Wednesday at 4pm on the Old Steine.

Pastor Ramage
Pastor Ramage

Pastor Andrew Ramage from Brighton MCC, said: “It is an honour to receive the fruit of so much great community spirit. MCC Brighton is very much involved in the Homeless and Rough Sleeping community and Homeless Pride 2017 was just one example of how that community comes together and supports one another. I had a great day, caught up with some old friends, made new ones and saw a number of people I had helped during the year. I look forward to the next one.”