If you visit our Meet the team page or browse the range of projects we're involved in, you might assume that Brighton Permaculture Trust is a large organisation with a central office where you can pop by and meet everyone.
That couldn't be further from the reality!
Achieving more with less
In actual fact, we have no central office, and most of the people on our team are part-time or contractual.
Our administration staff all work from home part-time to keep course/event registrations running smoothly and answer any questions, allowing flexible working without the need to commute. Our tutors work for us as and when courses run. Much of the practical work we do with fruit and orchards is seasonal, so our fruit team also work part-time when the demand is there.
The overall management of Brighton Permaculture Trust is carried out by a group of eight people working in a voluntary capacity (including two busy trustees), though many are paid for other roles.
Everyone involved in Brighton Permaculture Trust does other paid work elsewhere, and all of our team put in a large amount of voluntary time to keep our wonderful organisation running.
We are also completely reliant on the wider support we get from people who sign up to our volunteer list. Without you, we would not be able to do what we do: thank you! From harvesting apples to supporting courses, you are essential.
So, when it comes down to the daily running of Brighton Permaculture Trust, we are actually a very small and sometimes overstretched team. Our annual turnover is just £200,000, but even with the limited resources we have we're proud of the work we do, delivering fantastic courses and managing great projects with ingenuity and plenty of elbow grease.
Why we need your involvement
Your support of Brighton Permaculture Trust means a lot to us. You can support us in a number of ways, from attending courses to following us on social media. We welcome volunteers no matter how much or how little time they have to give; you pick what you want to help us with, when you want to do it.
Donations are also a huge support. Right now, you can donate to us when you book on a course, but soon we'll be offering the ability to donate online with Gift Aid.
Spreading the word about permaculture, making connections, and making the earth a better place for future generations: those are just a few of the things that make being involved with Brighton Permaculture Trust so rewarding.
Find out more ways that you can get involved.