Project information

Homeless Day Centre: Catering Goods Storage

We run a Day Centre for men and women who are homeless, badly housed, or just lonely; our facility is in the Kemp Town district of Brighton. We have leased a brick garage and require help in fitting it out for storing packaged food used in providing a daily hot meal for our visitors.

Start date likely January 2014, will take about a month to repair and fit out.

Charity information: St Anne's Trust

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  • Need


    Lack of storage for donated food supplies. We have adequate storage in the Day Centre for fresh and frozen food which is supplied mainly by FareShare, but lack the space to create storage racking for donated tins and packeted food.

    The storage premises we have leased needs to be repaired before it can be used, and the cost of this has been taken into account in the very low rental which is guaranteed for the first five years.


    Our newly leased garage is virtually next door to us and can be fitted out to take all the stock we have recently accumulated and allow it to be organised to allow proper inventory control and quick allocation and retrieval by item type. It will allow us to turn over stock more efficiently, ensure short dated stock is used first, and we will be able to accept more frequent and larger donations of tinned, bottled and packeted food stocks.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    More efficient use of donated resources to lessen the cost of buying-in ingredients, reducing waste.


    » Efficient inventory of donated goods controls how the goods are ordered when putting them into storage, making them easy to identify and retrieve.

    What success will look like

    Records showing items received and used will demonstrate quantities needed for meals and help us to focus our requests for donations ensuring we are given more of what we need.

  • Impact


    There will be savings in costs of bought-in food, making us more efficient in meal-planning and better able to make nutricious high quality meals, spending savings on more fresh chilled or frozen ingredients such as meat to cook from fresh rather than tinned.

    Apart from the anticipated cost savings, success will be demonstrated by visitor feedback, whether these are service users or other visitors keen to see what we do.


    The lease on the premises could be terminated after five years, but we are assured by the landlord (the local council) that they have no plans to use the building themselves and they have already offered us the option of a ten year lease instead of the present five years. The trustees prefer to take the shorter option since it is they who will be liable to pay the rent if the Day Centre is unable to continue to meet its obligations. The trustees are confident that this is not likely to occur.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Roller Shutter Replacement to secure the building overnight
      £1,500 Roof repairs Building has been squatted via the roof
      £1,500 Storage shelving Racking and storage bins for tins etc
  • Background


    The storage facility is next door to our Day Centre building situated in the Kemp Town district of Brighton. The local clientelle (mostly men) includes rough sleepers, and some non-uk nationals. Brighton has long been a popular destination for homeless people, adding to its own housing problems being landlocked between the South Downs and the sea.


    The Day Centre is open access. We don't seek funding from central or local government , so we are not bound by the national Local Connections policy on accessing services. We open our doors to anyone, so long as they behave themselves. Many of our visitors have alcohol and/or drug dependencies and our food is the only hot meal they get. The centre's ambience helps them take steps to get help with their problems. The locale is poor, surrounded by upwardly mobile, which heightens contrast.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only open access homeless day centre in the city of Brighton & Hove.
    Our day centre takes those at the bottom our society - homeless or not - and tries to help them, at first through the warmth, shelter and companionship they find in our centre, then when confidence is building, with signposting or referral to other service which can help with their problems.
    Our independence from tied funding ensures we can continue to serve all who need us, not just those with local connections.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Manages the day centre, co-ordinates the volunteers, befriends the visitors, keeps records including H&S policies. Reports to trustees.


    Manages all aspects of the catering: sourcing supplies, training and co-ordinating kitchen volunteers, planning and supervising preparation of meals.