We need your help!

We need your continued support to help us tackle chronic street homelessness in our communities. All volunteers will be well supported by a Volunteer Coordinator.  

Current opportunities to get involved include:

Innovation Event

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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.

We genuinely believe that everyone has the power to make a positive impact and that having a much more diverse group of people working on this is the only way we are going to end street homelessness. 

During this event, we outlined what we have done so far in the campaign and shared the recommendations from the report based on the analysis of the data volunteers collected while surveying rough sleepers in the November 2017 Connections Week.

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. 

Further updates about how to get involved with these Ambition Development Groups will be posted shortly. 

Sleep Easy

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On Friday 16th March 2018, YMCA DLG hosted a fundraising event called Sleep Easy, raising money for GalvaniseBH and YMCA DLG to help change the lives of homeless or vulnerable people.

177 people (90 in Brighton & Hove) spent one night under the stars to better understand the experience of sleeping rough, swapping their beds for a sleeping bag and cardboard box. It was chilly and uncomfortable, but over £43,000 has been raised, which will make a huge difference to people’s lives.

Four Sleep Easy events took place on the same night, with BHASVIC’s piazza accommodating the 90 participants in Brighton and Hove. William Baldwin, Principal at BHASVIC, comments, “BHASVIC is proud to have supported YMCA DownsLink Group in its efforts to help vulnerable and homeless people. We pride ourselves on our inclusivity and this extends to the wider community too. Homelessness does not stop at the college gates, and we need to ensure young people, and all other vulnerable people, are getting the support they deserve.”  

Deputy mayor Dee Simson helped welcome participants on the night, and it was a sobering experience for many. Hayley Davies slept out during the night and said it was “one night of cold and discomfort. But I have the luxury of knowing I have a warm home to go back to. I can’t believe that that’s not the reality for many.”

Chas Walker, CEO of YMCA DLG, said, “On one of the coldest nights of the year, when many local authorities were implementing severe weather warning protocols to try and protect rough sleepers, 177 of our supporters were taking part in the YMCA DLG Sleep Easy event. They braved freezing temperatures to sleep out and raise awareness of the issue of homelessness and funds for the work of YMCA DownsLink Group and the Galvanise Brighton & Hove campaign.

“This heroic effort has got us very close to our £50k fundraising target and continued to raise the profile of the GalvaniseBH campaign – a community led response to rough sleeping. We are so thankful for the great work of all those involved.”

You can still sponsor individuals or donate directly to the appeal through our JustGiving page.

Community Volunteer Representatives

Please email galvanise@ymcadlg.org specifying why you should be considered for the role. 

This role will represent the community volunteers at the GalvaniseBH Steering and Working Group meetings. This group acts as the community arm under the city’s broader Rough Sleeping Strategy Board.

As a representative, you will ensure the ideas and views of the volunteers are communicated to the Group. Your role will likely involve reading the materials ahead of each meeting, sharing and discussing the agenda with the volunteers, then feeding through outcomes to them for further discussion. 

During meetings, we would like you to actively engage in discussion around the strategic direction of the campaign and the specific tasks that need to be completed.  

In order to fulfil this role, you need basic literacy, numeracy, communication and negotiation skills. You need to be able to interact positively with a wide variety of people with a stake in the GalvaniseBH campaign. We expect you to attend a two-hour meeting in Brighton and Hove every month and spend at least three hours in between meetings liaising with other community volunteers.