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Make Change Count 2020

Make Change Count Campaign

Brighton & Hove’s, Make Change Count campaign supporting people who are rough sleeping, is back for 2020.  We’re teaming up again with many other local organisations who are experienced in supporting rough sleepers and preventing homelessness. Like us, these organisations are working during the Coronavirus crisis to provide connections into services and help people meet their basic needs.

The participating organisations are: BHT, St Mungo’s, Sussex Nightstop, Equinox, Antifreeze, The Clock Tower Sanctuary, Umbrella Brighton & Hove and YMCA Brighton.

Over four years, more than £100,000 has been raised and gone directly to help some of Brighton & Hove’s most vulnerable residents.

Our CEO, Chas Walker, explains why we’ve always been a part of the Make Change Count campaign:

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with other local charities on the Make Change Count campaign again. As a charity that tackles the issues of youth homelessness, through a range of services, from our Youth Advice Centres (YMCA YAC) to our supported housing projects in the city, we understand the complexity of homelessness. It is only by working together that we can tackle the issues and combat the rise in homelessness. Our aim is a future in which every young person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”

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. You can donate to Make Change Count online .
  • Let Streetlink know if you see anyone in need living on the streets so tailored help can be offered.

Cllr Gill Williams, chair of housing committee, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to all the organisations who help our vulnerable residents and to everyone who supports their work.

“The Make Change Count campaign makes a positive difference for so money people if all ages and backgrounds. It’s great that all money donated to the campaign goes directly 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. This can be lifechanging and lifesaving.”

To find out more visit Brighton & Hove’s Council website.


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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