The Clock Tower Sanctuary

The Clock Tower Sanctuary

At a glance

Causes

  • Housing and homelessness
  • Young people

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

The Clock Tower Sanctuary is the only drop-in day centre in Brighton & Hove for young people aged 16-25 experiencing homelessness. We were founded in 1998 by a group of concerned people who wanted to help the increasing number of people experiencing homelessness in the city.  

Ever since then, it's been our mission to work with young people experiencing homelessness to help them to move from crisis to stability.  

Everything we do is guided by our values: 

  • We look for the best in everyone 
  • We challenge inequality and prejudice 
  • We collaborate whenever we can 

Activities

Crisis support - when young people experiencing homelessness arrive here they are often in a state of distress. We meet their immediate needs by providing a freshly-cooked and healthy hot meal, clean clothes and a hot shower. Last year, we provided more than 1,500 showers and our volunteers cooked hundreds of hot lunches. We know that homelessness can be a very isolating experience, so we offer a friendly face and listening ear. 

Building trust, self-esteem and confidence - we run weekly activities and workshops which help our clients to build their self-esteem and gain new life skills including yoga, fitness, table tennis, men's group and women's group, CV writing, healthy eating, anger management and budgeting.  

Towards stability - every young person who arrives here has their own unique set of circumstances. We assign each client a Support Co-ordinator who works through a plan to identify and access the services they need, such as seeing a doctor or getting registered for benefits. We also help our clients to find housing and look for training or work. We can meet the travel costs of attending interviews or buying a smart pair of shoes or clothing. 

Partnership working - as a small charity, we collaborate with lots of other organisations and aim to make sure that any young person who is homeless or insecurely housed, knows about us and feels welcome to come to us for help. We work with agencies who can help with substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health, as these can be barriers which prevent our clients from finding a pathway out of their crisis. 

Last year, we had 2,912 visits from young people who had nowhere to call home.

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