Brighton Housing Trust & Caroline Lucas launch appeal for International Women’s Day

Brighton Housing Trust has launched an appeal for people to donate sanitary and other products for homeless women in Brighton and Hove.

The appeal was launched to coincide with International Women’s Day (8th March) by Brighton Pavilion MP, Caroline Lucas, when she visited First Base Day Centre.

Caroline Lucas said: “It’s crucial that homelessness services provide a safe and supportive environment for women. I’m sure that generous Brightonians will be fully supportive of this campaign and I hope it helps homeless women feel more comfortable and secure.”

Deirdre O'Halloran and Caroline Lucas
Deirdre O’Halloran and Caroline Lucas

First Base deputy manager, Deirdre O’Halloran, said: “While it is difficult for any individual who finds themselves homeless, for women specific difficulties arise. They will often have been through violent relationships, abuse and trauma, and are more likely to be suffering from mental health difficulties.

“In homeless services, which are often dominated by male clients, it can be difficult for women to know where to ask for help and it is up to those working in these services to create an environment where female clients feel safe and welcome.

“For those specific  day to day challenges that arise in terms of self-care, donating to our wish list can go a long way towards making the lives of female clients of First Base somewhat more comfortable.”

If you would like to support the appeal please go to the First Base Amazon Wish List at http://www.amazon.co.uk/wishlist/1LXVG93QIJ6XP/ref=sr_1_1_acs_wl_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401463304&sr=8-1-acs

Alternatively, you can make a donation to the work of First Base by sending a cheque payable to ‘BHT’ to 144 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4PH or you can donate online at www.bht.org.uk