Have you had enough of seeing people sleeping on our streets?
workING together as a community to end rough sleeping
Galvanise Brighton & Hove is a community-led campaign with local people working together to end rough sleeping.
The aim is that no-one has the need to sleep rough in Brighton and Hove by 2020, in line with the aspirations of the city’s Rough Sleeping Strategy.
Galvanise Brighton & Hove (GalvaniseBH) is part of the European Campaign to End Street Homelessness, coordinated by World Habitat, and currently operating in 10 European cities. The project has seen over 1,000 volunteers survey rough sleepers in cities across Europe, from Valencia to London.
The campaign is supported by YMCA DownsLink Group, Brighton YMCA, St. Mungo’s, The Passage, Fulfilling Lives, Brighton and Hove City Council and a variety of community organisations and local businesses. To learn more about how organisations are continuing to work together to raise awareness about rough sleeping and how best to help the homeless, read about the Make Change Count campaign.
At the end of 2017, 160 community volunteers in Brighton and Hove spoke to rough sleepers about their lives, hopes and aspirations. The purpose was to ensure that the views of homeless people feed into service redesign and to bring together different sections of society to discuss innovative housing solutions.
To find out more about the survey results, click here.
Watch this heart-warming short film by Toby Madden on how this campaign is being run across Europe.
Ambition Development Groups
The Innovation Event took place on Tuesday 27 March and was designed to bring together the local community and the homelessness sector to discuss innovative housing solutions, and to match recommendations with resources.
The evening centred on informal discussions in small groups around innovative housing solutions for rough sleepers and began the process of trying to identify resources which could help make these ideas a reality.
The ultimate aim of the evening was to form Ambition Development Groups focused around a select set of innovations that can be worked on throughout 2018. Check back here in the coming weeks to see how the groups are progressing and how you can get involved.
In the meantime, you can pledge your support for the campaign below, and make sure you're kept up-to-date with all the latest news and events.