Welcome to Community Base

Community Base is a charity providing a home for community and voluntary groups in Brighton and Hove and services to the local community. We use income from our services, including the provision of office space and the use of our South Wing meeting rooms, to repay a mortgage on our accessible seven floor building a few minutes from Brighton station and meet our running costs.

Real help for real people

The friendly, supportive environment provided by Community Base helps a wide range of charities and community groups work together, share their expertise and provide much needed services to the local community and beyond. Thousands of people get real help from groups at Community Base every year.


A multicultural community centre

Community Base is a truly multicultural community centre, providing a home to groups offering help to local black and minority ethnic communities alongside groups providing services to the wider community. Groups at Community Base provide help and support to a wide range of communities locally, throughout the UK and abroad.

Our reception

Community Base's reception greets visitors at Community Base and deals with hundreds of enquiries about local community services every month. Here you can pick up leaflets, local newsletters or a free copy of our poster guide to local community services or browse folders with details of local volunteering and community job opportunities. It is normally open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. You can contact our reception on (01273) 234000 or by email at .

Our online services

Community Base runs a range of free online information services



Our values

Community Base's activities are guided by our core values which include a commitment to ensuring the existence of a strong, independent and diverse community and voluntary sector as an essential element of a democratic society.

Our governance and management

Community Base is a registered charity (1052456) and a company limited by guarantee (3121688) with no share capital governed by a memorandum and articles of association. The membership of Community Base is composed of charities and other not-for-profit, non-governmental organisations that use Community Base services. All members of Community Base are entitled to vote at Community Base's general meetings.

Our annual general meeting elects a board of trustees/directors to run the charity and the company. There are current board members are - Paul Evans (chair), Adrian Palmer (Treasurer), Dougal Tyrie and Zoe Brinkworth. All trustees sign a code of conduct. Board meetings usually take place every two months.

Community Base has a statement of core values and policies and procedures to make our practice transparent and accountable.

Our onsite team at Community Base is Centre Manager Olivia Canham, Receptionist/Administrator Alison Gaywood, Events and Marketing Manager Grace Towner, Administration and Marketing Assistant Ashlyn Gaywood and Ade Lawrence-Redish.

Our finances

Community Base uses income from rent, service charges and advertising on its north wall to repay a mortgage on the building we own and meet our running costs. Brighton and Hove City Council shows its support for Community Base by giving us 85% discretionary rate relief.

You can contact Community Base reception on (01273) 234000 or by email at

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