Crossover started in 1997 and marks today over 19 years of work amongst the disadvantaged and homeless of Brighton and Hove by providing food and practical support where feasible. We’d love for you to partner with us in reaching those who are vulnerable and in doing so, enable us to continue responding to the call.
The work was birthed out of Citycoast Trust in Portslade and some 10 years ago was further developed by Project Co-ordinators David and Linda Bolton who have previously initiated work projects and a community Charity shop which is still successfully running under separate management and is called Second Chance. Crossover is now entirely independent and has it’s own formal Charitable status (numbered 1153475) formed in August 2013.
2010 saw exciting developments for Crossover with the rebirth of St. Peter’s Church in York Place, Brighton right in the heart of the City. An opportunity arose for the already existing Crossover Street feeding programme to relocate it’s venue from the streets and into the Church’s Hall.
A joint feeding project named Safehaven was soon developed early on in 2010 and was manned by a substantial group of volunteers resourced not only from Crossover but also St Peters Church and One Church. This initiative is still operating as a St Peters Church Project during University term times and the venue is now in a warm carpeted Church! Many volunteers are University students and because of this Safehaven can only effectively operate during the school/University terms.
Crossover recognised a gap in services to those who are homeless on our streets all year-round and so we stepped in to fill the gap. With a much smaller group of volunteers Crossover Brighton pulls upon its many years of experience. We step back in to feed the guests with our catering van in St Peters Church car park with a project called S.A.S – Saturday at Six!
Early in 2014 we recognised another gap – weekend breakfasts! Statutory services provide support during the week but there is not breakfast provision at the weekend. Crossover trialed Saturday morning breakfasts with our catering van. this was an immediate success so we extended the service to include Sundays! Currently we serve cooked breakfasts to between 30 and 50 guests each day 52 weeks a year.
About rough sleeping
If you’re concerned about someone sleeping rough, get in touch so that we can connect them to local support and services they need.
Anyone can become homeless, and sleeping rough can be dangerous and can damage your health.
The longer someone sleeps rough, the greater the risk that they will become trapped on the streets and vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime, developing drug or alcohol problems, or experiencing problems with their health.
Rough sleepers may not be known to local services because they remain out of sight, bedding down at different times of day or night, and moving from place to place.
Not all rough sleepers are aware that advice and support is available to them.
How you can help
By telling us about someone who is sleeping rough, you will help to connect that person to the local services available.
We are a service that enables the public to alert local authorities in England and Wales about rough sleepers in their area.
We aim to offer the public a means to act when they see someone sleeping rough, and provide the first step someone can take to ensure people sleeping rough are connected to the local services and support available to them.
69X supports WCHP
Our vision for the Worthing and surrounding area is a community where no local person needs to sleep out and everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential
This is such a great story and the reason why 69X support this charity
"At the beginning of this year 2013 I was looking at being homeless for a second time in my life and once again WCHP was there to provide help and support. Initially through the day centre with help from the staff which included breakfast and advice. After a very short time I was provided with a room of my own at Byron Road (Short Term Assessment Hostel) and give further support with my addiction anxiety and depression. With regular meetings with my key worker and with the substance abuse worker I was gradually able to make more sense of my life and where I wanted to be.
At the beginning of this year 2013 I was looking at being homeless for a second time in my life and once again WCHP was there to provide help and support. Initially through the day centre with help from the staff which included breakfast and advice. After a very short time I was provided with a room of my own at Byron Road (Short Term Assessment Hostel) and give further support with my addiction anxiety and depression. With regular meetings with my key worker and with the substance abuse worker I was gradually able to make more sense of my life and where I wanted to be.
After only 8 weeks at Byron Road I was able to move to Manor Road (Stepping Stones Project) and with a lot of support from the staff, especially my key worker, I came to the decision to move back to my home town and try and rekindle my relationship with my daughter. I have my own flat and I see my daughter fairly regularly.
Life is very different now thanks to WCHP. I owe them more than I can say and will always be in their debt. The staffs are dedicated and hardworking and deserve nothing but praise. I’m one of many that have been helped and although unfortunately there are many more people that need help, WCHP will continue to provide help and support for as many people as possible!
WCHP deserves more help and support with funding so they can provide the help that is need out there. I was lucky.
My very best wishes to everybody who works for WCHP.
69X was inspired by the musicians I watched play in Brighton many years ago. All the members of the band were homeless . With my best endeavours, I-69X, shall work towards supporting homeless charities in the future. Shelter are really excited 69X will be working with them in the near future starting with the 69X tour in December 2016
‘This sounds like a really exciting opportunity and we are so grateful that you want to fundraise for us through this tour’ Josephine (Shelter), September, 2016
A friend of mine the truly amazing Mark Elliott has set this up
Please check this out !!!!!!
Homelessness in a wealthy country is immoral and in breach of the UN universal declaration of human rights article 25, article 21 and probably others. https://www.facebook.com/eliminatehomelessness/