Off The Fence are delighted to be distributing their 2018 Street Sheet leaflet; a practical and informative resource for the homeless community in Brighton & Hove.

Since being founded in 1997, Off The Fence’s Project Antifreeze has compiled a growing list of all the local agencies and services available around the city, offering practical, wellbeing and specialist finance, housing and medical-related services, to name a few. Listings include where to go to for food and hot meals throughout the week, where individuals can shower, wash clothes, available day centres and their opening hours, plus a large map on one side of the document. 

Project Antifreeze is the only provider of this map of the Brighton & Hove services available to homeless individuals on an easy to read fold up A3 page, which makes it a very well-known and popular flyer. The Street Sheet provides practical support to the homeless community, particularly as up to 50% are not from the local area. 

The Street Sheet is distributed through the Project Antifreeze day centre, on the Antifreeze outreach, local libraries, public spaces such as libraries, information centres and many other agencies that interact with rough sleepers and temporarily housed individuals in the city.  One key supporter of the Street Sheet is the Brighton & Hove Buses who funded the printing of 5,000 copies of the document which was kindly designed by Compound Design.

Brighton & Hove Buses’ Managing Director Martin Harris said: “We’re committed to doing our bit to help homeless people in the city. The Street Sheet is a brilliant resource. It’s easy to use and practical and, I have no doubt, it makes a tangible difference to many people’s lives.”

Off The Fence is an active member of the Brighton & Hove Council’s Homeless Strategy, recognising the importance of working in partnership with other relevant agencies to meet the needs of homeless individuals rather than working in isolation.

Steve Brunton, Manager of Project Antifreeze says “Without the Street Sheet, it would be far more challenging for the Street Community to discover these services and could therefore delay the move-on progress. We have seen that very often the longer people are on the streets and in low-level accommodation, the worse the impact is on their health and social behaviour and the more acclimatised they become to this concerning style of living. The map inside the Street Sheet particularly helps the large number of people who are not familiar with Brighton to access the services available to them, including those who struggle with the English Language.”