5K May

5K May

At the beginning of the pandemic  Run for Heroes, the infamous 5K running challenge, brought more than a million people together – a fantastic fundraiser as well as a viral fitness motivator asking participants to run 5, donate 5 and nominate 5. Following on from the success of the original fundraiser, the nation is once again being encouraged to get active this May – and we have partnered with Run for Heroes encouraging the community to sign up, have fun and support record numbers of homeless men and women at the same time. 

5kMay, as the name suggests, is a whole month all about getting fit and hitting that 5km target. It’s not just about running though – participants could walk, roll, skip or even swim 5k if they wish! All that matters is getting your body moving and raising vital funds for people in need. 

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Hercule Van Wolfwinkle

Hercule Van Wolfwinkle

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.

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Homeless Crisis

Homeless Crisis

This April Turning Tides have launched a Crisis Appeal for public support as escalating numbers of local people become homeless.

We are seeing unprecedented numbers of local people lose their livelihoods and their homes, as a result of Covid. We work across the county to support men and women who have become homeless or who are at risk of losing their home. Our services are now under huge pressure and we are appealing for urgent public support as a ‘homeless crisis in our community’ unfolds.

In recent months, an upsurge across the north and south of the county has been reported in the number of people presenting as homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. In Worthing, for example, the number of people reporting as homeless doubled last year. Further north, Horsham has received a 216% increase in people sleeping rough in the district during the pandemic.

Our charity is currently supporting almost 500 men and women throughout our countywide services. We are appealing to the community to donate whatever they can afford to enable us to provide the support that is so desperately needed by a growing number of people.

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Ending Women’s Homelessness

Ending Women’s Homelessness

An exhibition of evocative images taken by a group of women affected by homelessness has opened in Worthing this Spring.

The exhibition is the result of several month’s partnership working from Turning Tides, Safe in Sussex and the Brighton Women’s Centre. The project is part of the wider initiative to raise the profile of the challenges faced by women experiencing homelessness funded by Homeless Link.

Sharing these poignant photos and expressions with the wider public is fundamental to imparting what it has been like for women experiencing homelessness where we live. As one stark statement emphasizes, “If I’m not of any worth, why would I bother getting better?”.

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Worthing Community Hub

Worthing Community Hub

Turning Tides’ Community Hub in Worthing has never experienced anything like the increasing demand for support received over the last year. Enquiries have been flooding in from concerned local people who have nowhere else to turn.

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Business Awards Sussex

Business Awards Sussex

Turning Tides were delighted to be announced the winners of the Community Award at the inaugural Virtual Business Awards Sussex in December 2020.

After an incredibly challenging year, with a near doubling in the number of individuals accessing their services due to the pandemic, the news brought a real moment of positivity, bringing 2020 to conclusion on an unexpectedly high note.

In a break from traditional ceremonies, the awards evening – which celebrates and recognises business achievements across Sussex – was hosted virtually, bringing together business owners, directors and teams remotely from the comfort of their sofas to network and honour each other’s accomplishments.

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Woolly Hat Day

Woolly Hat Day

Launched on 1st February, Turning Tides were delighted by the success of the new style virtual event which saw over 102 competition entries across the four categories and over 1,500 public votes, with the event reaching almost 9,000 people. Everyone, from babies to pets, neighbours to family, colleagues to congregations were invited to enter the Woolly Hat themed social media photo competition – with some awesome prizes up for grabs!

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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.

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Charity Calendar 2021

Charity Calendar 2021

Ethereal Sussex Scenes Beautiful 2021 calendar by Lorraine Heaysman   Lorraine Heaysman, a renowned Sussex photographer, has once again kindly shown her support for our charity by giving 50% of the profits on her calendar sales to support our vital work across...

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My Life – Ben

My Life – Ben

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.

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Littlehampton Developments

Littlehampton Developments

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.

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Emergency hotel accommodation ceases in worthing

Emergency hotel accommodation ceases in worthing

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.

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Fundraising Staff Event

Get Involved & Make a Difference

There are so many ways you can support homeless men and women in your community. By supporting us – you are supporting those most vulnerable.

We run our own amazing events that you can come to, sponsor or share with others. We recruit volunteers and staff to support the projects we run across the county. We welcome students to join us for their professional placements. We encourage businesses to join us on or DIY corporate volunteer days and much more.

One thing we can promise you is that however you get involved – you will have made a difference.

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