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Make Change Count

Local charities are asking people to help rough sleepers by donating to recognised organisations and not giving on the street.

The charities’ research shows that best way to help someone sleeping rough is through professional help.

The latest stage of the Make Change Count campaign builds on an initial collaboration last year. Charities are continuing to work together to raise awareness about what support is available in the city for people sleeping rough and offering advice on how best to help.

This summer, five local charities are addressing this national issue at a local level. Brighton Housing Trust, St Mungo’s, Pavilions, Equinox, Nightstop and Antifreeze are highlighting the practical support available all year round in the city and how best to help rough sleepers. The campaign is supported Brighton & Hove City Council and Sussex Police.

The participating charities say giving money on the street can be counter-productive and lead to people staying in their current situation when more effective help is available.  Local organisations make sure those in need have hot meals, access to shower facilities, clothing and support from outreach workers to move people away from the street to rebuild their lives.

Speaking on behalf of the organising charities, Nikki Homewood, Director of Services for BHT, said: “The Make Change Count campaign is all about getting the right help at the right time for those who are sleeping on our streets. We’re sharing information on how residents can refer people they are concerned about and providing an alternative giving option to donating on the street.

“The campaign aims to help people make informed decisions when giving money or other items to rough sleepers. We are keen to make clear that we’re not telling anyone how they should spend their money, that’s a matter of personal choice.

“We’d like to share the experiences we’ve gained from many years of working with rough sleepers. We know that moving off the streets is a difficult thing to do, no matter how much people want a better standard of living. People sleeping rough are often very vulnerable and have lost confidence to plan for the future because of the circumstances they’re in. Support is needed to help people rebuild their lives.

“We’re keen to all work together to give people the best chance for the future. People understandably want to help those living on the streets, and giving to someone right in front of you is a natural reaction. But there can be better ways to help and we’re asking people to think about how they can really make their change count.”

How you can help:       

  • Donate today by texting UMCC17 £3 to 70070
  • Contact Streetlink with information about where people are rough sleeping is a way to make sure they are known to support agencies offering professional help. The rough sleeper outreach team, run by St Mungo’s, respond to details given to Streetlink and go out to see all known rough sleepers in the city. The team discuss a person’s needs, working with them to explore options to try to move them off the streets and into accommodation. or 0300 500 0914
  • Please click the button below to visit the Make Change Count page and donate.

Cllr Clare Moonan, lead councillor for rough sleeping, said: “The Make Change Count campaign can transform and, even save, lives. In Brighton & Hove we have a wide range of services and support designed to help those in need but there is always more we can do to help. Working together, everyone in this caring city really make a difference.”

More information about the Make Change Count charities:

Brighton Housing Trust 
St Mungo’s 


Equinox Service Centres to become Psychologically Informed Environments

May 15 2017

Equinox has begun the implementation of a Psychologically Informed Environment framework across all of its Service Centres in the UK.

The purpose of a psychologically informed environment is to enable clients to make positive changes to their lives.  It is one that takes into account the psychological makeup – the thinking, emotions, personalities and past experience - of its participants in the way that it operates. 

The PIE framework also considers the psychological needs of our staff; developing skills and knowledge, increasing motivation, job satisfaction and resilience. 

As Equinox continues to grow and diversify we feel it is a good time to consider how we can develop our services so that they become even more effective.  Becoming an organisation wide PIE will help us develop our service models further and subsequently help our Service Users to have happier lives. 

We feel that working and caring about our staff and Service Users together will encourage the opportunity to reflect and develop awareness and skills that are psychologically informed and significantly improve outcomes for Service Users. 

For further details contact Dolores Kelly, Marketing and Communications Manager at

Double result for Equinox Brighton

Posted by on 17 April 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

A big thank you to two of Equinox's funders, who are supporting Equinox Brighton to tackle alcohol dependence, street drinking and homelessness.
Firstly, the Equinox Brighton Alcohol Outreach Service has been awarded additional funding from Brighton Council to go towards another full time post for the team in financial year 2013-14.  The service works with street drinkers in Brighton and Hove, identifying them through daily outreach work then working with people to reduce alcohol consumption and street drinking presence, access treatment, maintain tenancies and promote recovery in all areas of their life.
Equinox Brighton Services Manager Jesse Wilde said: “The new post will be for another much-needed outreach worker, with an emphasis on organising periodic counts of street drinkers, tracking work done and monitoring outcomes. This will allow Equinox Brighton to map and research not just street drinkers but the wider street community. This is a very exciting development for the work we are doing in Brighton and Hove to tackle alcohol dependence and homelessness.”
Secondly, work has begun on the refurbishments at Equinox Brighton Stanley Rd supported accommodation following a £10,000 grant from CRASH, the construction industry charity. The Equinox Brighton house provides a safe and peaceful space for 5 men with a history of homelessness and alcohol dependence. With support from the on-site Equinox housing worker, residents work towards sustainable recovery and independent living. Watch this space for more about the refurbishments.

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Free and confidential Equinox network for Watford cannabis users

Posted by on 27 March 2013 | 1 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Free and confidential meetings are starting up in Watford for people aged 18 and over who would like to talk about their cannabis use. Group meetings take place every Tuesday evening (6pm to 8pm) at Watford Fire Station (starting on Tuesday 2nd April). For full details download the Equinox Recovery Network cannabis flier.

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Equinox Three Rivers Recovery Network - first meeting announced

Posted by on 22 March 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

Research has shown that there are high numbers of people in the Three Rivers area who are drinking alcohol above safe levels but who are currently accessing no help. These people are typically in high levels of employment and if they continue to drink to unsafe levels, there may be implications for their health, family life and career.

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Equinox hosts Muslim Communities UK training day

Posted by on 13 March 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Equinox is pleased to be hosting Muslim Communities UK (MC-UK) at our London Head Office on Thursday 25th April 2013. The MC-UK team are running a 1 day training course on Islam Cultural Awareness.

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On International Women's Day, a big thanks to all the Equinox women

Posted by on 7 March 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Equinox support the fantastic efforts of all those people who are involved in International Women's Day 2013 around the world.

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Equinox Brighton tackle rising levels of rough sleeping

Posted by on 6 March 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Equinox Brighton is made up of the Alcohol Outreach Service which works with the street drinking population, as well as our Supported Housing Service, which provides accommodation and support to men with a history of homelessness and alcohol use. In the last quarter, Equinox Brighton have recorded some very positive results in tackling the issue of rising levels of rough sleeping in Brighton and Hove.

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Equinox response to Ministry of Justice

Posted by on 20 February 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags:

Equinox’ response to the Ministry of Justice proposals “Transforming Rehabilitation: a revolution in the way we manage offenders” is published here. It combines cautious optimism over the plans to increase the role of the voluntary sector with concerns that the large scale commissioning proposed could stifle innovation.

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Alcohol recovery at Equinox Sutton

Posted by on 6 February 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

Equinox Sutton at Greenford Road offers counselling and a day programme for people with alcohol dependence, as well as their families and supporters. In this article, Helen Marshall and Paula Hoppin explain Equinox’s work in Sutton and Merton, where they are part of a team of 4 who are helping people toward recovery from alcohol dependence.

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Equinox innovates in climate change field

Posted by on 24 January 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

It's a first for people with mental ill health, alcohol dependence and drug dependence - an opportunity to collect and present vital information about climate change.

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Equinox Three Rivers - a new confidential network for those who get no alcohol help

Posted by on 16 January 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Equinox Chief Executive, Bill Puddicombe, talks about the people at the centre of an innovative Equinox project in Three Rivers, Hertfordshire - the men and women on their way to work, currently not accessing any support for their high alcohol intake.

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