Who we are

We're a small staff team supported by 45 volunteers working together to provide a safe space and practical support for young people experiencing homelessness in Brighton.


About us

The Clock Tower Sanctuary is the only drop-in day centre in Brighton & Hove for young people aged 16-25 experiencing homelessness. We were founded in 1998 by a group of concerned people who wanted to help the increasing number of people experiencing homelessness in the city.  

Ever since then, it's been our mission to work with young people experiencing homelessness to help them to move from crisis to stability.  

Everything we do is guided by our values: 

  • We look for the best in everyone 
  • We challenge inequality and prejudice 
  • We collaborate whenever we can 

You can read our 2022-24 strategy here


We're based right in the heart of the city and supported by our amazing local community. We don't get any government or council funding - our running costs are met by donations from the generous people, schools, businesses and community groups of Brighton & Hove and local and national Trusts & Foundations.

We have a team of 45 trained volunteers who commit their time and energy to supporting the young people who visit the day centre. We couldn't do it without them!

Last year, we were visited 3531 times by 108 individuals in need of support. 46% of these people were new to our service. 

43% of the clients we worked with moved into safe and supported accommodation. Even in the midst of the pandemic, we helped 11 young people into education or employment, and 56 young people participated in an activities like yoga, cookery, table tennis, Men’s Group, Women’s Group and LGBTQ+ group, helping to build self-esteem and confidence. 

You can read our 2023 Impact Report here.


Meet our staff and volunteers...

Meet the team

“We want Brighton and Hove to be a city where young people’s experience of homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.” 

- Frances Duncan, CEO


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Where we are

Opening hours - revised

10.30am - 1.30pm (for people rough sleeping, sofa surfing or in emergency accommodation)

12pm - 1.30pm (for people in supported accommodation)


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 down the alley to the left of The Body Shop. 

Please see our 'Contact' page for more information.