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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are unprecedented and challenging times, for everyone. At Turning Tides we are adapting to face the challenge of Covid-19. This charity exists to protect and support some of the most vulnerable in our community, so we are keenly aware of the impact Covid-19 could have on them. We provide a lifeline to people whose health will have been compromised through trauma, rough sleeping, poverty and much more besides.
Chris Lawson, previously a client of Turning Tides is now a musician. Chris has honoured the acts of kindness he received in the form of a song dedicated to Sophie, now a Fundraising Officer, with Turning Tides. At a very low point in his life Sophie appeared and gave him hope for a better future.
From speedboats and holidays to living in a car for a year – Gemma and Dale have been on a difficult journey. With the help of Turning Tides the couple are on the right path to turning their life around – and coming out stronger on the other side.