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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

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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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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Equinox Brighton awarded grant for Hostel Link Team

Posted by on 20 November 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

Equinox Brighton have been awarded a grant of £96,075 from the Homelessness Transition Fund, an initiative funded by the Department for Communities & Local Government and administered by Homeless Link.
The Equinox Care Hostel Link Team aims to reduce rough sleeping by working to a preventative brief, engaging with people in hostels who are at risk of/have histories of, street drinking, evictions and rough sleeping. 
The team will use a small ‘Personalised’ budget to facilitate access to meaningful day structure ( exercise, voluntary work, education etc) as an alternative to a street life-style. 
The service will achieve accommodation, treatment and meaningful structure outcomes for 75 clients over 12 months.  
Welcoming the grant, Bill Puddicombe, Chief Executive of Equinox said:
“We are delighted that Equinox has been awarded this grant, especially at a time when Brighton’s street population has increased significantly. Our 2013 street drinking count found 93 people over the course of a week.
“The Equinox Hostel Link Team will engage with people in hostels who have a history or risk of street drinking, evictions and rough sleeping. Our specialist workers will help this group of people in Brighton and Hove to secure tenancies, access treatment and build structure in their lives.”
The target group will be 75 men and women living in hostels who are at risk of, and have histories of, street drinking, eviction and rough sleeping.
This service will consist of team of 3 hostel link workers who will intervene early to stop this group becoming entrenched in a street lifestyle, securing their tenancies and diverting them into treatment and meaningful structure.

Equinox Brighton have been awarded a grant of £96,075 from the Homelessness Transition Fund, an initiative funded by the Department for Communities & Local Government and administered by Homeless Link.

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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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How do you reach the hardest-to-reach people?

Posted by on 19 December 2012 | 1 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

The Equinox Wandsworth service is one answer. Muneer Butt and Paul Thomas are the Equinox Floating Support Outreach Workers in Wandsworth with a mission to find and support some of borough’s most vulnerable people. They were voted best performing team of the year in Wandsworth’s Housing Department in 2012, working in conjunction with voluntary staff from various departments in Housing.

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Climate harm reduction: Equinox takes action on the environment

Posted by on 26 November 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

How does climate change affect some of the most vulnerable people in society? In this feature article, Equinox Trustee Catherine Max writes about the innovative work at Equinox in this area. This includes news of a grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), awarded to Equinox in October 2012, as well as Equinox’s previous credentials in this specialist field...

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