The city's Make Change Count campaign, supporting people who are rough sleeping is back for 2021.
More than £100,000 has been raised and gone directly to help some of our most vulnerable residents since the campaign began five years ago.
The campaign is more needed than ever. The global pandemic has had a huge impact on vulnerable rough sleepers. This has been seen here in our city as elsewhere.
Day centres closed and night shelters stopped running to prevent the spread of the virus. At the same time, rooms have been found for anyone who is sleeping rough to help them have a safe space to follow the stay at home guidance. The familiarity of friends has been limited by the physical distancing rules.
People need help and support to adapt to living in new ways. Support is vital.
The Make Change Count campaign links local organisations which are experienced in supporting rough sleepers and preventing homelessness, and BHT Sussex is one of them.
These organisations are working during the Coronavirus crisis to provide connections to services and help people meet their basic needs. Teams are out on the frontline as well as providing essential support behind the scenes and gearing up for all that will need to be done when the pandemic is over.
Through Make Change Count, you can help with this essential action by supporting the aims of the campaign which are to:
- Help people who are rough sleeping to access support services available in the city and to move away from the streets for good
- Encourage an alternative option to giving directly to individuals on the street
- Let Streetlink know if you see anyone in need living on the streets so tailored help can be offered
We know that the best chance for a homeless person to get off the streets and stay off the streets is with professional help. Making sure help reaches homeless people is far more effective than giving money to people directly. Make Change Count is a way for you to make that happen.
- No funds raised are used for the administration of the charities or the campaign. If £5 is donated, then £5 will go to people in need.
- 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.
- The campaign is supported by Brighton & Hove City Council, Sussex Police Crime Commissioner and Sussex Police.
- If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in England or Wales, you can use the Streetlink website or call 0300 500 0914 to send an alert. The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area in which you have seen the person, to help them find the individual and connect them to support. Outreach workers are experienced in supporting people to move away from the streets.