Christmas Is Not Cancelled

Christmas Is Not Cancelled

This month sees us launch our Christmas Appeal – in response to a looming crisis in our community as homelessness escalates this winter. Covid is taking a rising number of jobs and livelihoods, leaving local men and women without a home – just as the harsh winter months and a second wave of the pandemic approach.For those living on the streets, it is hard enough to find food, and stay warm and dry. But Christmas can bring heartache too – it highlights what is missing from a person’s life: family, food, safety, happiness.

At Turning Tides, we are determined that Christmas will not be cancelled. Caring is never cancelled and we want these men and women to know they are not alone. 90% of the people we support are local people – they are our neighbours – and we’d like to show them that their local community cares.

My Life – Ben

Ben's life

When you live on the streets, you just can’t see how you are going to do anything else with your life. It takes everything out of you to just survive and you lose hope of achieving anything else. Gradually, depression, despair and embarrassment took hold and as my circle of friends decreased, I had no one to turn to. For five long years, I simply survived.

Hercule Van Wolfwinkle

Hercule

Phil Heckels of Worthing (38), also known as Hercule Van Wolfwinkle, could never have believed that his “rubbish” drawings would raise over £20,000 in just over a month for our charity. He has been plunged into the limelight – becoming a global sensation overnight! Overwhelming support of this local artist has raised the profile of homelessness in our community and raised an enormous amount to support local men and women who have nowhere to call home.

Littlehampton Developments

Littlehampton Community Hub

This year brings significant hope for homeless men and women in Littlehampton as local homeless charity, Turning Tides, prepares to open a newly developed drop in Community Hub later this summer. For the first time, the Hub will also be supported by six new bedrooms offering a much needed lifeline for people who are homeless or sleeping rough.

Emergency hotel accommodation ceases in worthing

News Feature

We can confirm that all of the homeless men and women who were staying in the Chatsworth Hotel in Worthing, West Sussex, have now been offered alternative accommodation. We have managed to absorb 16 of the 54 Chatsworth residents into our own projects, which places our services and staff under continued and significant pressure.

Queen’s Award Win

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and on the 2nd June it will be announced that this prestigious accolade is being awarded to – Turning Tides. Our charity was founded on the sheer effort, spirit and tenacity of a group of volunteers who wanted to make a real difference to those locally who had nowhere to call home.

Emergency Covid Appeal

Covid Appeal

Join our campaign to keep homeless people in our community alive. We urgently need your help.

We are the largest provider of support for single homeless people in West Sussex and we’ve been doing this work for 28 years – but we have never seen anything like the situation we are facing now.

We run 21 properties supporting some 200 homeless people. On top of this, a new intake of homeless men and women are being temporarily housed in hotels and B&Bs to protect them from Covid-19. These numbers are growing all the time – there is more call than ever for our support services.

For every rough sleeper there are approximately 20 others sleeping on sofas, in vehicles or in insecure circumstances. As the virus spreads, these arrangements are breaking down. Covid-19 is accelerating financial hardship, relationship breakdown and mental health issues, all of which contribute to homelessness.

Our courageous staff are designated keyworkers and are under huge pressure. Putting their own health at risk, they are providing support to so many who are completely reliant on them to survive this crisis – from the basic necessities of food and toiletries to physical and mental health support. On the streets, homeless people survive on the generosity of the public. But now, although temporarily housed, most are very much alone, frightened, in poor health and more unsure than ever as to what their future holds. Many are housed in one room with no support networks or family to lean on.

Please do help us by making a donation – you will ensure our services keep running and you will genuinely help to save, and transform, lives.

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Homeless people are incredibly vulnerable in the face of Covid-19. For so many their health has already been damaged by trauma, rough sleeping and poverty.

80% of the people we support have mental health issues. Half are aged over 50. Homeless people already die 30 years sooner than everyone else.

But as the need for our support grows, at least half of our annual fundraising income from events and community donations will be heavily impacted.

The Government recently announced a £750 million fund to support charities through the crisis. We welcome this but we know it won’t go far enough and won’t reach everyone in need. As a whole, the charity sector is set to lose a staggering £4 billion in 12 weeks.

Download our press release below.

 

Community Funding

Thank You Community

As the largest provider of homeless services for single people in West Sussex we are seeing huge changes to the homelessness sector as a result of Covid 19. Here at Turning Tides our staff and services are stretched to the limit as we navigate significantly increased need for our support alongside the cancellation of many of our fundraising events and activities.

Unselfie May

News Unselfie May

Kindness and solidarity and good old-fashioned community spirit are so precious at the moment. We are continually uplifted by the generous words and actions of our supporters. We hope that the public will enter into the spirit of #UnselfieMay and share, in their own words, messages of support so that we can pass those messages on to the people who most need to hear them.

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