What we do
We provide vital practical and emotional support so that young people who are homeless can move from crisis to stability.
Help in a crisis and a path out of homelessness.
The Clock Tower Sanctuary is the only drop-in day centre for homeless 16-to-25 year olds in the city. Based in central Brighton, it's a place where young people who have nowhere to call home can feel safe and 'just be'. We listen and respond to what they need and treat everyone as an individual. We know that no young person chooses to be homeless.
Crisis support - when young homeless people arrive here they are often in a state of distress. We meet their immediate needs by providing a freshly-cooked and healthy hot meal, clean clothes and a hot shower. Last year, we provided more than 1,500 showers and our volunteers cooked hundreds of hot lunches. We know that homelessness can be a very isolating experience, so we offer a friendly face and listening ear.
Building trust, self-esteem and confidence - we run weekly activities and workshops which help our clients to build their self-esteem and gain new life skills including yoga, fitness, table tennis, men's group and women's group, CV writing, healthy eating, anger management and budgeting.
Towards stability - every young person who arrives here has their own unique set of circumstances. We assign each client a Support Co-ordinator who works through a plan to identify and access the services they need, such as seeing a doctor or getting registered for benefits. We also help our clients to find housing and look for training or work. We can meet the travel costs of attending interviews or buying a smart pair of shoes, or clothing.
Partnership working - as a small charity, we collaborate with lots of other organisations and aim to make sure that any young person who is homeless or insecurely housed, knows about us and feels welcome to come to us for help. We work with agencies who can help with substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health, as these can be barriers which prevent our clients from finding a pathway out of their crisis.
Last year, we had 4,008 visits from young people who had nowhere to call home.
Donate today and change a young person's life for the better. Just £10 can pay for a homeless young person to have warm shower, a hot meal and clean clothes.
Where we are
Opening hours - revised
Due to COVID-19, we are running a more limited service at the day centre and you will need to book a slot to visit us. See the 'Contact' page for details. Case working continues as usual.
Day centre entrance for young people
You can find us just off Ship Street. We're in a little alley way called Lewis Buildings which is between a clothes shop and The Trading Post cafe. Look for the sign on the street.
Office entrance for visitors and deliveries
We are at Wenlock House, 41-43 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1RH. You can find us to the left of The Body Shop. Please note our office is currently closed to visitors.
Email and phone
Please see our 'Contact' page for more information.