At a time when it is no longer safe to run building-based services, Jesus Centre staff are working diligently to adapt existing services and develop new projects for people in economic hardship. Our plan is to channel our resources where they are most needed and to continue to support the homeless, elderly and refugees who are struggling even more throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Although our building-based services are temporarily suspended, this has created an opportunity to reshape, develop and improve our strategy to fulfil our mission of restoring dignity and creating community.
Currently, we are still running 3 core services for homeless people and refugees: RoadMap (Crisis Support), ESOL online and a Helpline:
2. ESOL & Conversation Classes – We run 5 free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Conversation classes for refugees, asylum seekers and people in economic hardship.
3. Crisis Helpline: Please text or ring if you need crisis support at this time or just a listening ear;
As soon as it is safe to do so we will resume the building based services listed below:
THE WELCOME PROGRAMME is a network of projects for rough sleepers and vulnerably housed people in Central London. The Programme is managed by Jon-Jon Hilton and consists of the following services that aim to support people on their journey out of homelessness.
1.The Drop-in – A resource hub focused on providing relief and advice for people currently street homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We offer free food, showers, washing facilities, housing referrals and other practical support in a welcoming and friendly environment. We provide referrals into winter shelters between November – April.
2 .Podiatrist (Foot doctor) – A specialist podiatrist for homeless people run by the London Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
3. Pop-up Clinic: A ‘Street Clinic’ offering primary health care for Westminster based rough sleepers.
4. Community Feast – A monthly lunch event run in partnership with homeless people and members of the local community. This focuses on building relationships with our homeless guests as well as equipping the local and wider community with training and awareness of homelessness. To find out how you can volunteer click here
5. Support Worker – By appointment, we offer individual help and advice to help people navigate a pathway out of homelessness. This involves facilitating access to accommodation and referrals to emergency winter shelters.
ESOL & Conversation Classes – We run 5 free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Conversation classes for refugees, asylum seekers and people in economic hardship.
Solace – A free monthly lunch event for refugees and asylum seekers. Includes practical help, listening and emotional support and referrals to other services.
Support Worker – Individual help, information and practical support for refugees, asylum seekers and people with No Recourse to Public Funds.
Lunch even for people over 60.
*We do not provide accommodation directly. If you are homeless on the streets of London or worried about someone who is, please contact Street Link on 0300 5000914 or Shelter’s free national helpline on 0808 278 0720