Off The Fence is a charity founded with a vision to end poverty in all forms around Brighton & Hove. Off The Fence offers people hope, a way forward and the opportunity to live a new and transformed life.
Off The Fence work in 3 areas:
Antifreeze gives life-saving support to homeless individuals around the City as well as those who, for many years, have struggled with addictions, mental health issues, job loss, violence and grief which have led to life on the streets. We listen to them and value them as people, offering motivational interviewing and one to one sessions with trained key workers. We provide access to a telephone, computers as well as foot care, healthcare, dental care, and legal advice. We work closely with many agencies to ensure our clients get the best possible help and liaise on their behalf with issues such as housing, temporary accommodation, offending history and finances.
The Gateway Centre provides a flexible, non-judgemental support service for women experiencing difficulties such as abuse, isolation, mental health issues, financial and emotional crisis. We offer women the chance to speak confidentially to trained staff, obtain advice and receive practical and emotional support. They can learn skills in various workshops including IT and craft. We treat each woman as an individual, providing relevant help, including networking to agencies as required. We also offer an outreach befriending service, carry out home visits, make regular contact with clients and accompany them to hospital or doctors’ appointments, court visits or tribunals. Our aim is to encourage, support and motivate our clients.
The Schools & Youth Team supports school pupils across Brighton & Hove. The team deliver a package of after school activities, assemblies, Self-Esteem lessons, Prayer Spaces, Drug and alcohol awareness lessons, mentoring and safe space drop ins. The aim of the programme is to equip young people for dealing with difficulties later in life, encourage them to build healthy friendships, grow in confidence and prevent them from entering a life of addiction and poverty.