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Jubilee Square in Brighton to turn into living room to highlight homelessness

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A public square will be transformed into a living space to highlight the difficulties faced by homeless people.

Homelessness charity Emmaus Brighton and Hove will set up a living room and bedroom in Brighton’s Jubilee Square next month in what they are billing as ‘an uprising of kindness’.

The event will mark the 60th anniversary of the moment when the movement’s founder Abbé Pierre launched a similar uprising in Paris and will be one of hundreds of similar events across the globe.


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Organisers, who say the event will be the charity’s “biggest and best yet”, will use the uprising to call on passers-by to commit to an act of kindness to help those in greater need than themselves.

They say acts of kindness could include supplying underwear, socks or sleeping bags Visitors to the makeshift maison will also have the chance to sit down with charity members to discuss its work across the globe.

On February 1 1954, Abbé Pierre, took to the airwaves of Radio Luxembourg and appealed to the people of France to do something to help those sleeping rough on Parisian streets. It brought in donations of more than 500 million francs as well as blankets, stoves, and other items.

Business manager Joel Lewis said: “There are probably a lot of people in Brighton who think of us as ‘that homeless charity’ or ‘that second hand furniture place’ but we want to show that we are so much more.

“It’s about simple things that can make a big difference and give people the power to take control of their own lives.”

Companion Brendan, a former homeless resident with the charity, said: “Six decades ago Abbé Pierre looked around him and saw people sleeping outside, people without a voice, who needed him to speak out on their behalf. Emmaus is still doing that today.

“Sixteen months ago I was one of those people, but Emmaus has given me a home and work to do.

“Even if people just take the time to stop and talk to us, to find out a bit more about what we do, that would be great, but if they could bring a tin or packet of food, we will pass that to local food banks, or perhaps they might bring warm clothes or sleeping bags for local night shelters.”

Staff, trustees and companions will be in Jubilee Square from 10am to 4pm on Saturday February 1.

Residents can support the event by making a pledge at www.facebook.com/UprisingofkindnessBrighton or by sending a video pledge to emmausbrightonvideo @gmail.com.

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8:13am Mon 20 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

Well the 'resident whingers' will have a field day commenting on this.

I'll give a free thumbs up to whoever can come up with the most oafish, bigoted comment.
Well the 'resident whingers' will have a field day commenting on this. I'll give a free thumbs up to whoever can come up with the most oafish, bigoted comment. Gribbet
  • Score: 3

8:23am Mon 20 Jan 14

JHunty says...

Gribbet wrote:
Well the 'resident whingers' will have a field day commenting on this.

I'll give a free thumbs up to whoever can come up with the most oafish, bigoted comment.
You win! Give yourself a thumbs up
[quote][p][bold]Gribbet[/bold] wrote: Well the 'resident whingers' will have a field day commenting on this. I'll give a free thumbs up to whoever can come up with the most oafish, bigoted comment.[/p][/quote]You win! Give yourself a thumbs up JHunty
  • Score: 16

9:56am Mon 20 Jan 14

SirLancelot says...

It's actually the extension. Jubilee Library is the living room. I think this is an excellent idea.
It's actually the extension. Jubilee Library is the living room. I think this is an excellent idea. SirLancelot
  • Score: 4

1:57pm Mon 20 Jan 14

shining star says...

I also think this is a great idea, Yes, there will be the trolls that attack this. I will certainly be taking some stuff down there. Its great to see hands on charity. Clothing that doesn't have to be purchased from charity shops, by people that haven't got the money to spend on the rising price of items donated to the shops. I heard a homeless poor looking person ask for an item of clothing in a charity shop one time, only to be told "I'm sorry you will have to pay for it". This is a great chance to actually hand direct to the people who need this help.
I also think this is a great idea, Yes, there will be the trolls that attack this. I will certainly be taking some stuff down there. Its great to see hands on charity. Clothing that doesn't have to be purchased from charity shops, by people that haven't got the money to spend on the rising price of items donated to the shops. I heard a homeless poor looking person ask for an item of clothing in a charity shop one time, only to be told "I'm sorry you will have to pay for it". This is a great chance to actually hand direct to the people who need this help. shining star
  • Score: 2

2:40pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Fairfax Aches says...

I saw a homeless chap along the seafront the other day. Poor fellow smelt frightful and looked like he needed a jolly good wash behind the ears!
I saw a homeless chap along the seafront the other day. Poor fellow smelt frightful and looked like he needed a jolly good wash behind the ears! Fairfax Aches
  • Score: 0

6:31pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Hove Actually says...

Trouble is all the Big issue sellers sit there drinking coffee and smoking claiming to be homeless with designer clothes, trainers and a dog, what happened to the proper tramps who you saw pushing all their worldly goods in a trolley .
Hope it stays dry.....
Trouble is all the Big issue sellers sit there drinking coffee and smoking claiming to be homeless with designer clothes, trainers and a dog, what happened to the proper tramps who you saw pushing all their worldly goods in a trolley . Hope it stays dry..... Hove Actually
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