Our story

St Anne’s was started in 1945 by an order of Catholic nuns, originally as a children’s home, and from 1983 as a Day Centre serving local homeless and isolated people. In 2003, we achieved charitable status and St Anne’s Trust was formed, allowing Gift Aid rebates to be claimed on donations.

St Mary’s Church Hall

St Anne’s moved to its current site at St Mary’s Church Hall in Kemptown in 2007, and since then the Centre has been providing food and support to homeless and isolated visitors each weekday.

Our 30th anniversary

In 2013, the Centre celebrated its 30th year serving our community. Despite its apparent wealth, Brighton & Hove is a ‘city of two halves’, with a significant homeless population; the number of people visiting the Centre, sometimes hungry, lonely or traumatised, remains high.

Homeless support in Brighton & Hove

We know that there are still many homeless people on the streets of Brighton and Hove, or individuals struggling in inadequate temporary accommodation. Our catchment area is large, and while we cannot provide homes, we can carry on the work started so many years ago by the nuns of St Anne’s.

Powered by community spirit

We are supported by people from many different faiths (or none) and we are grateful for our many volunteers, donations of food or goods, financial donations and legacies. Many local schools and parishes aid us in similar ways. We are also thankful for the generosity of local businesses and other charities.