Who we are

We're a small staff team supported by 45 volunteers working together to make sure that no young person becomes part of the long-term homeless population.


Our history and our values

The Clock Tower Sanctuary was founded in 1998 by a group of concerned people (some of whom still volunteer with us today), who wanted to do something about the rising homelessness in the city. 

Ever since then, it's been our mission to work with young homeless people 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

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!

In 2019, we hosted 4,008 visits from 186 young homeless people who had nowhere else to turn. This was a 17% increase to 2018 and of the young people we worked with last year, 69% were new to our service. 

We supported 43 clients into work, training or education and we placed 45 young people into accommodation. 113 clients took part in activities like yoga, cookery, Men's Group and Women's Group, helping to build their self-esteem and confidence. 

You can read our 2019 Impact Report here and our 2018 Annual Review here


Meet our staff and volunteers...

Meet the team

“ The Clock Tower Sanctuary’s vision is that no young person becomes part of the long-term homeless population. Through our one-to-one work and collaboration with partner agencies, we provide a network of support to move young homeless people from crisis to stability. ”

- 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 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.