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As part of a city-wide approach to rough sleeping, Make Change Count links local charities in Brighton & Hove in alternating giving and awareness-raising campaigns.
The campaign has three main aims:
- helping rough sleepers to access support services available in the city and to move away from the streets
- asking residents to say where they’ve seen those in need so tailored help can be offered
- suggesting an alternative giving option to donating on the street
The Make Change Count campaign began in 2016. The most recent phase of the campaign ran from August 2017 to the end of January 2018 and raised more than £23,000 for BHT, St Mungo’s, Nightstop, Equinox and Antifreeze
or by texting UMCC18 £3, £5 or £10 to 70070
All money donated will be shared between the organising charities and will go directly to people sleeping rough. Contributions will be used to provide food, access to shower facilities, healthcare, clothing and support from outreach workers to move people away from the street as well as a wide range of practical help to suit individual needs. No funds raised will be used for administration of the charities.
Make Change Count is supported by Brighton and Hove City Council, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.
We are sharing our experience of working with people in need and know that giving money on the street can be counter-productive.
It’s a very human reaction to want to help and to hand over money when asked but this can lead to people becoming entrenched in their current situation when more effective help is available.
Colm Keegan, Interim Head of Services, Equinox Brighton
BHT thanks everyone who has donated to the Make Change Count Campaign.
Our portion of the funds will go towards direct provision to rough sleepers, in particular shower, laundry and clothing facilities at First Base Day Centre.