We often receive concerns from our community regarding Homelessness and as a result I wanted to pass on some of the council’s recent information regarding Make Change Count.
You can directly help people on the street by supporting the city’s Make Change Count campaign. Nine local charitable organisations are working together in the campaign, helping some of the most vulnerable people in our city to stay safe and move on from homelessness.
Make Change Count has three main aims:
- Helping people who are rough sleeping to access support services available in the city and to move away from the streets
- Encourage an alternative option to giving directly to individuals on the street
- Asking residents to let Streetlink know where to find anyone in need so tailored help can be offered (more details below)
All money donated to the Make Change Count campaign goes to people in need in our city. Contributions are used to provide food, access to shower facilities, healthcare, clothing and a wide range of practical help based on individual needs. Outreach workers and street services guide people to access the right accommodation where they will be further helped on a one to one basis to recover physically and mentally from the trauma of rough sleeping. No funds raised are used for administration of the charities or the campaign.
The nine Make Change Count charities and organisations are:
- St Mungo’s
- Sussex Nightstop
- The Clock Tower Sanctuary
- YMCA DownsLink Group
- Brighton YMCA
- Umbrella Brighton & Hove
Please donate now at www.justgiving.com/campaign/mcc19 or by texting 19UMCC 3/5/10 or 20 to 70085
What do to if you’re worried about someone on the streets in Brighton & Hove:
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in our city, you can use the Streetlink website to send an alert. The details you provide are sent to our local outreach service to help them find the individual and connect them to support (go to the StreetLink website or call 0300 500 0914). Outreach workers are experienced in supporting people to move away from the streets.
People who are rough sleeping need help to rebuild their lives and support to move away from the dangerous existence of living on the streets. The best chance for anyone who is rough sleeping to get off the street is with professional help.
How else you can help:
Working to prevent and end rough-sleeping needs a community response. Change is happening through the efforts of many dedicated and committed volunteers. If you’d like to help, please get in touch with the organisations involved in Make Change Count to find out how your time, skills and experience can make a difference.