Appeal update! We’re delighted to have raised £214 for this wonderful appeal. That’s enough to give 6 homeless women and men a place at the Turning Tides Christmas dinner table, plus a few extra sprouts and crackers perhaps..

“Thank you so much to all those people at Friday Media Group who ‘pulled up a chair’ around the Christmas table for some neighbours who are homeless this festive season. 

 The money that was raised will not only enable our clients to enjoy a hot meal, counselling, housing advice and medical checks but also to feel less alone over the difficult Christmas period.  More importantly, it could introduce them to support that could help end their homelessness for good through our year-round services.

 Without your generous donation and the fantastic support of our local community, we would not be able to provide this support.  Once again, a big thank you to you all!” Lucy Knowles, Fundraising Manager at Turning Tides

 Turning Tides needs support like this to be able to provide the amazing support they do, not just at Christmas but all year round. If you want to help make a difference, please make a donation.

 We will follow up with one of the volunteers cooking this year’s Christmas dinners after the holidays to give you a behind the scenes peek at the wonderful work being done by this amazing charity – stay tuned!

Friday-Ad Supports Pull Up A Chair Appeal!

The Friday-Ad team and staff at the Friday Media Group’s Sayers Common office are raising funds to support local homeless charity Turning Tides and their “Pull Up a Chair” appeal this Christmas. All funds raised will be donated to help provide Christmas meals for homeless people in the local community.


Homeless charity, Turning Tides, is appealing to the public to donate £35 to enable a homeless man or woman to ‘pull up a chair’ around the Christmas table – providing them a special meal, company, warmth and support during the festive period. They will also be able to have a hot shower and fresh clean clothes.

Living on the street, sleeping in a cold dark alleyway, taking shelter in the woods or constantly on the move for fear of being abused, you would not be looking forward to the next day, let alone Christmas. 

As John Holmstrom, Chief Executive at Turning Tides knows only too well from the hundreds of clients accessing support throughout the year; “Christmas is often the toughest time for people are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Physically, financially and emotionally it represents a real and desperate challenge. Nearly half of our clients have a mental health diagnosis. We must never underestimate how essential support services, such as ours are.”

Paul a previous client of Turning Tides often felt “despised, avoided or even abused” whilst living on the streets. “Any small act of kindness or human warmth” provided such a “valuable form of sustenance to a suffering homeless person.”

Members of the public, businesses, community groups can now individually and collectively show people whose lives have deteriorated into homelessness compassion this Christmas. For just £35 you can ‘pull up a chair’ or for £70 two chairs, for a homeless man or woman in your community to help them feel safe, warm and cared for. 

Lucy Knowles, Community Fundraising Manager explains, “This is the season of giving and what better way to make a difference with your pounds than to secure a place for someone around our dining table. 

For our clients, knowing they can be safe and warm indoors away from the coldest weather of the year, being assured a hot healthy meal to eat in comfort with company and support to find the belief in themselves a brighter future is ahead of them is vital. For some, it could be the first step out of homelessness.”

You can make a donation over the phone on 01903 680740 or online here:

Or you might consider giving a £35 gift card to post to a loved one. This really is a gift that would warm the hearts of your friends and family by knowing this is truly making a difference to someone who is facing probably the toughest time in their life. 

Order your gift today by phoning Turning Tides on 01903 680740, emailing or popping along to their office at Worthing Town Hall, open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. 



Turning Tides are a community led homelessness organisation that puts client and local people at the heart of their mission to end homelessness. Previously called Worthing Churches Homeless Projects (WCHP), they have been supporting rough sleepers and homeless men and women for over 25 years in West Sussex.

Turning Tides believe that everyone has the right to a home, regardless of the difficulties and issues they may face in their lives. The work they undertake to empower homeless and insecurely housed individuals is vital. Through a variety of specialist support services, both residential and community based, the aim for each individual is to achieve sustainable independent living.  

Address: Turning Tides, Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HA
Phone: 01903 680740
Charity No. 1027832

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