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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

Strengthening body and spirit at Equinox Mitcham Park

Posted by on 23 February 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Equinox Mitcham Park offers a 13 week residential alcohol rehabilitation programme for men with a connection to the London Boroughs of Merton or Sutton. There are 8 rooms in the shared house, with community detox facilities available.

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Take 5 at Brook Drive - open event & seminar

Posted by on 26 November 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

On Friday 28th November, Equinox Brook Drive is opening its doors to commissioners and referrers of residential drug and alcohol detoxification services. Lunch, refreshments, a 1 hour seminar, cream teas and tours of the building will be provided - between 12.30pm and 4pm. 

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Community detox at Equinox Mitcham Park

Posted by on 2 July 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

7 days before Christmas 2013, Simon* was referred to Equinox Mitcham Park for a community detox.  In this article, Equinox Service Manager, Walter Boyle, describes Simon’s progress and explains the background to this pilot Equinox project.

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Video intro to Equinox Care with CEO Bill Puddicombe

Posted by on 26 March 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

There's a new video available on the Equinox Care YouTube channel, featuring CEO Bill Puddicombe. In this short video, Bill talks about what Equinox Care does, and who for. Bill also talks about what he's most proud of over the past 2-3 years, what changes he has seen in the field and what lies ahead.

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LDAN newsletter - profile of Equinox Aspinden Wood

Posted by on 26 February 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

The latest edition of the London Drug and Alcohol Network newsletter features a piece on Older People and Substance Misuse, in which Equinox Aspinden Wood are profiled (see page 5 to 6). 

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Hope without exclusion for entrenched rough sleepers in Wandsworth

Posted by on 19 February 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Equinox Wandsworth’s Floating Support and Outreach service works with adults who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, and dependent on alcohol or drugs.  Working from the Wandsworth Housing Department, Paul Thomas and Muneer Butt work with some of the hardest to reach people in the borough. Many Equinox Wandsworth service users are entrenched rough sleepers, as is the case of William*.

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Changing face of drug use - Equinox Brook Drive article

Posted by Phil Watterson on 5 February 2014 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , ,

Equinox Brook Drive is a 27 bed detoxification unit in South London, providing medically assisted detoxification for people with alcohol and/or drug dependence. In this article, Equinox Brook Drive team leader, nurse Phil Watterson, describes the changes he has seen amongst the service user group at Equinox Brook Drive and he writes about some of the effects of using ketamine, GHB and mephedrone.

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