The Clock Tower Sanctuary is the only drop-in service providing all-round information, advice and support to homeless young people aged 16-25 years old in Brighton and Hove. Shockingly, the average life expectancy of a rough sleeper is just 47 years old. The Clock Tower Sancturary believes that every young person must be given the right support and encouragement to unlock their potential and not become part of that statistic.
With support from DM Thomas Foundation, The Clock Tower Sanctuary has been able to launch their exciting new project – Developing Life Skills for Independent Living. The project is about helping to remove barriers to independent living for homeless young people by providing AQA accredited training opportunities to help get young people ready for the world of work. It involves a variety of fun, hands on bite-sized training modules, including budgeting and cookery. Over forty certificates have been achieved to date.
Here is Toby’s story:
When Toby first presented at The Sanctuary he was exhausted and alone. Due to a family breakdown he ended up sleeping rough on the streets. It was winter and to keep safe he would walk for hours along Brighton seafront at night and when it was light he’d find a place to put his sleeping bag and sleep.
The volunteers at The Sanctuary welcomed Toby and showed him the food, laundry and shower facilities available. Their Client Case Worker worked with Toby to help him secure hostel accommodation and encouraged him to get involved with the Lifeskill courses. Keen to get back into work, Toby has attended modules ‘Writing a CV’ and ‘Interview Skills’. He is happier and looking to the future.
“It was really helpful having support with my CV. I want to apply for non-catering positions and start applying for jobs that I enjoy and that use my languages. I’ve got the other Lifewise certificate I achieved on there too.” Toby, 22 years old.
DM Thomas Foundation awarded The Clock Tower Sanctuary £8,800 in 2014.