Off The Fence - resisting poverty, empowering people, restoring hope Five projects have been established by Off The Fence to provide life-saving support and care for the most vulnerable individuals in Brighton and Hove: Antifreeze, Outreach, Gateway, Hygiene for All and their Schools & Youth team. Every day, these projects make contact with thousands of individuals to provide crucial support and care. We are proud of the hundreds of young people, members of the homeless community and women facing difficulties, who have been housed, advocated for, befriended and mentored. Sutton Winson Insurance Brokers are passionate about community support. We have been working with Off the Fence for the past year, decorating their Antifreeze drop-in centre, raising awareness, donating clothes and purchasing a van which has been converted into a mobile shower unit for the homeless. However, we want to help more, which is why we are crowdfunding for the next project/goal. Here’s why: Numbers living on the streets in the city last autumn were up almost a quarter on the previous year, with 178 people left without a roof over their heads between October 1 and November 30. That represents a 24 per cent increase on the same period in 2016, making the city the worst area in the country outside London for rough sleeping for the second year running. Off The Fence's services are needed today more than ever before. 17 homeless people died on the streets of Brighton & Hove last year. Money raised from crowd funding will provide high quality sleeping bags to the homeless this winter to help towards preventing further deaths. The sleeping bags would be handed out to some of the hundreds of individuals met with, sleeping on the streets of Brighton & Hove. With no means of warmth or basic survival, they are without sufficient protection against the elements. The procedure of requesting a bag at the centre involves a homeless client filling out a form with a keyworker; for new clients, this is a vital and informal way of finding out a bit about their history, what their circumstances are like at present and the issues the keyworker can begin to assist with, to get them back on their feet. Off The Fence not only change lives, they save lives.