Based in Brighton but with links covering the UK, SHS is a homeless charity that works with and supports many others in the city to achieve its ambition of zero food poverty and 100 % support for all people in Brighton.
As well as collecting food and items of clothing and distributing them out daily to people on the streets, SHS provides cooking for the Anti-Freeze Homeless Project (Mondays) and hosts the lively Street Kitchen at the Clock tower on Sundays. The charity also provides supplies to people recently re-housed. Recently it has acquired an old school bus which volunteers are converting into a mobile night shelter.
Sunday Street Kitchen
The lively Street Kitchen runs every Sunday at the Brighton Clock tower. It sets up at 1pm and finishes at 3pm and leaves little evidence it was there at all. During that time, volunteers serve hot food and drinks and provide supplies such as clothing, sleeping bags and toiletries to up to eighty people who have been unfortunate enough to have ended up on the streets.
The Street Vets are also present, giving food, toys and providing medical treatment for homeless dogs.
The Street Kitchen is very much what you see on the tin; you can donate an item on Sunday and two minutes later see someone on the streets wearing it. If you want to help out, just stand behind a stall and pitch in.
SHS has several ex-service volunteers and links with ex-military bases such as Royal Artillery in Selsey who provide much of the kit donated out to the homeless. Together with one of the UKs largest military surplus stores the bases have provided many boxes of clothes, boots, sleeping bags and liners which have literally saved lives last winter. The charity has 20 regular ex-service homeless people and has assisted one person recently into secure tenancy and access to his children.
The Mobile Night Shelter
Recently the charity has acquired an old school bus and is converting it to a mobile night shelter. There are ten bunks upstairs and seating and bathroom area downstairs. Construction is nearly finished but volunteers are still required for some DIY and for overnight support when the bus is active. The bus will also act as education so schools for example can see and learn more about the homeless crisis.
They aim to have people in bunks by the end of January and our official launch date is 10 February 2017.
Sussex Homeless Support, Unit 7E 196 Old Shoreham Rd, Hove BN3 7EX
Email: Jim Deans at email@example.com