There are a few dedicated charities in Brighton and Hove that are also able to help with any issues you may notice, or hear about when speaking with rough sleepers in your area. We have listed a few of them below in case you have anything you can offer to help fight the problem and be a part of the solution to street homelessness in Brighton and Hove:

The Clock Tower Sanctuary supports homeless young people in the city. Volunteers help deliver their services, including information and advice to young people who are homeless and insecurely housed.

St Anne’s Day Centre offers a warm, safe and friendly environment where people are made to feel welcome and have a chance to eat, relax and socialise. Their volunteers help prepare and serve meals, along with playing games and talking to their clients.

Safehaven welcomes and supports vulnerable men and women in Brighton & Hove. Safehaven likes to meet volunteers to identify their passions and skills before they help out.

YMCA DownsLink Group provides supported accommodation and organises community projects. Along with general volunteering roles, the charity also have specific opportunities for young people aged 16 to 25 years old.

Love Activists provide free hot food and hot drinks for those in need every Sunday at the Clocktower. This is a great organisation that deeply cares about those individuals in need of help.

Brighton Homelessness Action are a great organisation full of amazing people who take direct actions to help those who are without a home. Providing useful links for practical help. Providing useful equipment to those living on the street where possible. Support their crowd-funderto help them provide rugh-sleepers with winter survival kits!

You can make a text donation of £3 to the ‘Make Change Count’ campaign by texting  UMCC17 £3 to the number 70070

The latest stage of the Make Change Count campaign, builds on an initial collaboration last year. Charities are continuing to work together to raise awareness about what support is available in the city for people sleeping rough and offering advice on how best to help.

Five local charities are addressing this national issue at a local level. Brighton Housing Trust, St Mungo’s,  Equinox, Nightstop and Antifreeze are highlighting the practical support available all year round in the city and how best to help rough sleepers. The campaign is supported Brighton & Hove City Council and Sussex Police.

The participating charities say that giving money on the street can be counter-productive and lead to people staying in their current situation when more effective help is available. Local organisations make sure those in need have hot meals, access to shower facilities, clothing and support from outreach workers to move people away from the street to rebuild their lives.

Much debate has been had recently about the best way to help homeless individuals that you may come across in your local area. Vehement voices from within and without the rough sleeping community say that small cash offerings only exacerbate problems, not being enough to meaningfully help an individual out of their situation, and only enough to provide a bit of short term comfort and relief. But similarly a debate is to be had towards whether denying a homeless individual even the basic choice as to what to do with the little money they have is the right thing to do. In all the confusion, maybe it is best to support the experts, and let them do what they do best…