The Clock Tower Sanctuary is the only voluntary drop-in information and advice centre for young homeless people aged 16-25 in Brighton and Hove.
One of the young people who has benefited from The Clock Tower Sanctuary’s services is Jay. Jay’s relationship with his parents was very difficult. When he turned 18 years old the relationship completely broke down and he left home and travelled to Brighton. Despite his optimism, he soon realised the severity of his situation. After two years of sleeping in tents and on the streets, with no security or support, he became depressed and isolated.
After hearing about The Clock Tower Sanctuary from another young person, he soon became a regular visitor to the day centre. “The people at The Sanctuary are positive and non-judgemental – it feels like an optimistic place”.
The Sanctuary helped Jay secure a place in supported accommodation and since then, he has been able to start building up his skills. He said: “For the first time in years I have a room that feels secure. The Sanctuary has supported me to get onto a barista training course. It’s going really well and I finally feel able to start applying for jobs.”
Thanks to the funding from the Foundation, Jay is ABLE to attend the Life Skills Classes provided at The Sanctuary, including ‘Writing a CV’ and ‘Budgeting’, which have helped him achieve a place on a training course!