Community Groups

Clare Project

The Clare Project is a self-supporting group based in Brighton.  Our main activity is our weekly drop-in on Tuesday afternoons which is open to anyone who wants to explore issues around gender identity.  The drop-in is from 2.30 to 5.30 pm every Tuesday, except the first Tuesday of each month.  On the first Tuesday of each month it takes place from 5 to 7.30 pm – and from 7.30 onwards everyone is welcome to join us in a visit to a local pub or restaurant for a meal.  A facilitator and a psychotherapist are at the drop-in each Tuesday.  Whilst the group is mainly attended by transgender, transsexual and gender dysphoric people, we aim to be all-inclusive as we recognise the complexities surrounding the issue of gender identity.  More information can be found on the website:

Lunch Positive

Every week we get together and offer a healthy and enjoyable meal and a safe and supportive space for all people living with and affected by HIV.  The Lunch Club is welcoming, informal and supportive of everyone who visits.  We serve a healthy starter, main course, vegetarian option and dessert.  You’re welcome to come along any time during opening hours – and there’s no need to ‘book’ ahead.  More information can be found on the website:

Brighton GEMS

Brighton GEMS meet every last Friday of the month from 7 pm to 10 pm in the Main Hall.  GEMS is a social group for mature gay men whose aims and objectives are to reduce isolation and provide a safe environment to meet and socialise.  The monthly meeting is not only to socialise but statutory body speakers frequently give talks and advice to members.  More information can be found on the website:


The Methodist Church has a long tradition of direct contact with and ministry to women and men who are alcohol dependent.  As such "Alcoholics Anonymous" meets every Monday morning at 7.30 am and Thursday evening at 8 pm in the church hall and is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.  More information can be found on the website:


Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem, and help others to recover from their addiction.  The members of CA are all recovering addicts who maintain their individual sobriety by working with others.  We come from various social, ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds, but what we have in common is addiction.  We meet every Saturday morning at 10.30 am and Sunday evening at 6.30 pm in the church hall.  Anyone who wants to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances (including alcohol and other drugs) is welcome.  More information can be found on the website:


Headway works to improve life after a brain injury.  They run a monthly drop in on the third Wednesday evening of each month.  For information about the group please visit their website:

Stay Up Late

They are a charity that was set up to ensure that person centred planning for people with learning disabilities and autism meant that it truly reflected what an individual wanted to do in their life. In particular they are concerned that people with learning disabilities, and autism, weren't able to Stay Up Late and do the things so many people, who don't need support, take for granted.  From the middle of May 2019 Stay Up Late will be moving to Emmaus Manor Offices in Portslade.  More information about Stay Up Late can be found on their website:

Slimming World

Slimming World is the UK’s leading weight loss organisation.  Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan encourages slimmers to eat unlimited amounts of satisfying foods such as fruit and veg, fish, poultry, lean meat, pasta, rice and potatoes, while still enjoying treats such as chocolate or a glass of wine, meaning they never have to go hungry.

Throughout the year we work alongside several other groups who access our building on regular basis, they include:-

Possibility People:  This group promotes independent living for all.  It offers support for disabled people, older people, their carers, families and friends.  They run regular training sessions.

Sussex Defend the NHS:  The group brings together NHS Workers, Campaigners and Communities. They are concerned with what is really happening to our NHS. Their aim is to protect the NHS for Patients and Staff through campaigning and raising awareness.