The Fine & Country Foundation give £1,398 to Brighton YMCA’s EVOLVE service

The Fine & Country Foundation is giving a total of £40,000 to 15 homeless charities and projects in its bi-annual grant scheme. Brighton YMCA is one of the chosen charities to receive funding for their amazing work in Brighton & Hove.

Brighton YMCA houses and supports homeless people with diverse and complex needs.

The organization provides support and a complex array of services, tailored to each individual’s needs, to help them stay off the streets, make real, palpable change in their lives and move on to follow their dreams.

Brighton YMCA currently accommodate 306 homeless and provide support to over 500 every year at our sites across Brighton and Hove. Since its beginnings, the charity have supported thousands of people to reach their goals and move from homelessness towards successful independent living. The development of our wide range of services is critical to stopping the revolving door of homelessness and achieving successful move-on. Brighton YMCA clients can benefit from Accredited Skills-for-life courses, Counselling and EVolVE Education, Volunteering, Vocational training, Employment support.


EVOLVE supports homeless people into education, work and volunteering, through 1-1 coaching and daily drop ins as well as hosting a range of workshops to build skills, confidence and engagement.

Georgia Leigh, Manager at EVOLVE, said:

‘In our first year we supported over 100 people and we are delighted to be continually developing our service with new initiatives and new relationships.’

‘Excitingly, we are entering a new phase which includes an additional venue and easy access to tailored courses and the opportunity to gain a qualification. 

This kind donation from Fine and Country will assist homeless people to shape their future path through learning, volunteering or finding and sustaining work.  To do this takes a whole community approach and we are thrilled that Fine and Country wish to play a part! Many thanks to them for their generosity.’


In October 2019, homeless charities across the UK and overseas applied for up to £3,000 of funding from The Fine & Country Foundation’s Autumn grant programme. The scheme was a huge success, with a wide range of projects and innovative ideas from charities around the world. The applications were assessed in November and the final decisions have now been made.

The Fine & Country Foundation’s spring grant scheme opens on 1st March 2020 to all homeless charities and organisations. For full details, visit