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First Base Day Centre

More and more people are facing homelessness.

First Base offers a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in the city, to get off the streets, start realising their aspirations through work, learning and leisure and find a place they can call home.

We provide a centre of excellence for our partners in the city ensuring that by working together we can improve health, reduce crime and realise opportunity.

We provide a range of support services for clients including:

  • Food, showers, lockers and laundry facilities
  • Case Work Support so people can address the problems causing them to be homeless
  • Accommodation and relocation services
  • Health Care – access to physical, mental and emotional health services including podiatry, physiotherapy, optometry, dentistry and mental health advice and support

We provide a range of activities and further support for clients including:

  • Access to IT facilities
  • Catering training
  • Support to gain qualifications
  • Help with applications for benefits, training and employment
  • Leisure activities
  • Occupational Therapy
  • A “Care Of” postal address

Accessing the Service

First Base is an ‘open door’ day centre which means that anyone can use the service at certain times without the need of a referral. However, the early morning sessions between 8am and 11am are for people who are street homeless.

First Base Day Centre opening times

Rough Sleepers session: 8am – 11am, Monday to Friday

Activity sessions: 11am – 1pm on Monday, 11am - 3:30pm Tuesday-Friday

Offices close: 4.30pm

Contact Details

St Stephen’s Hall, Montpelier Place, Brighton, BN1 3BF

BHT Case Study

Michael

Around half those sleeping rough in Brighton and Hove have a local connection. Others come to Brighton for many reasons: the image of the city that has attracted many of us, perhaps a happy childhood memory of visiting the seaside, or because of its reputation for tolerance and acceptance (for example drugs and the acceptance of LGBT people).

Very, very rarely does someone say that they came to Brighton because of the services for homeless people. Unfortunately, when people arrive in the city without a plan, without social networks, or without considerable financial resources, they can find themselves on the streets.

Michael is a 63 year old man who came to First Base in November 2017. He was new to Brighton and had become homeless after the break-up of his marriage and losing his job. He had moved to Brighton as he thought it would be a more tolerant place.

Neil

Neil started sleeping rough around two years ago. He was suffering from physical and mental health problems that had been exacerbated by life on the streets.

When he first started coming to First Base, Neil was sleeping under Brighton’s Palace Pier. After sleeping out all night, he looked forward to the chance to get warm and have a shower, put on clean clothes, and have a hot meal. More importantly, he was able to get support and advice to help him find a way out of rough sleeping.

First Base supported Neil to access temporary accommodation but after a serious deterioration in his mental health he was admitted to hospital. While he was in hospital Neil lost his accommodation and, on discharge, he returned to rough sleeping

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