Make Change Count: Help Brighton’s Homeless
The Make Change Count campaign aims to raise awareness about how to best help Brighton’s Homeless. By providing appropriate services and support, without giving money directly on the street, Make Change Count helps to provide long term solutions for people who are sleeping rough.
The Number of people sleeping rough in England has increased for the seventh year in a row, and Brighton and the South East have the highest amount of homeless people outside of London (BBC – Sourced from DCLG)
The campaign links eight local charities that provide professional help for people who are sleeping on the streets. This professional help gives “anyone who is rough sleeping the best chance to rebuild their lives and move away from the dangerous existence of living on the streets.” (Brighton and Hove City Council)
Cllar Clare Moon, who is the lead councillor for rough sleeping has said
“We’re working closely with our partners to make sure vulnerable people on the streets are offered the help they need.”
“Make Change Count offers residents and visitors to the city a way to make sure their generosity helps people to move away from rough sleeping. The alternative giving campaign provides options and information to help people decide how best to give their money, if they choose to do so. It’s not about telling people what to do.”
The Make Change Count Campaign helps to offer support, options, and information for homeless people, by funding the charities that provide essential services and support 24 hours a day. The money raised will be used to provide clothing, toiletries, food, individual support, day center services and much more. Donating through the campaign also means that you are a part of offering long-term solutions for people who are sleeping rough.
Andy Winter, who is the chief executive of Brighton Housing Trust has said:
“Begging is not about rough sleeping. It is about addictions. Begging feeds addictions and provides a disincentive to seeking and accepting help. People give money for the best of motives but at best they are helping to sustain addictions and rough sleeping. At worst it provides the means to acquire the drugs that could kill them.”
“Those giving money can be conned by those begging. A sign that says that someone needs £20 to book into a hostel is a great begging pitch, but it is untrue. No hostel in Brighton charges upfront. But £20 will be enough to feed a drug addiction for a short while.”
Donations from this campaign are to be shared equally by St Mungo’s, BHT, Sussex Nightstop, Equinox, Antifreeze, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, YMCA Downslink Group, YMCA Brighton and Umbrella Brighton & Hove. No funds raised will be used for the administration of the charities.
Last year’s Make Change Count raised more than £40,000 and made a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our city.
Make Change Count is supported by Brighton & Hove City Council, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.
© Danielle Scott