Drop in services

In the autumn of 2013 it was estimated that there were over 2,400 rough sleepers in England. 22% were sleeping rough in London.

In the heart of Shoreditch, East London, our drop in service meets the basic needs of a wide range of people. From the homeless and people suffering from addictions to others who face social isolation, we provide food and drink, toiletries and clothes.

We also provide appropriate advice about shelters, other organisations and agencies that can help an individual.

"For some, the tea we serve is their first and maybe only non-alcoholic drink of the day." 
Gary, Drop in Manager.

If you’re homeless or feeling lonely, our drop in is here for you. For more information please contact Gary on 07572 290 655 or at gary.davidge@sct.org.uk

Our drop in is held in two different locations: St Leonard’s Church and the TAB Centre and is run by a manager with the help of a number of volunteers from the local community and from some of our corporate supporters.

Drop in users can access some of our other services on SCT’s pathway to recovery, such as Acorn House, our residential recovery hostel and our personal development and training centre, the New Hanbury Project.

Our drop-in provides:

  • hot and cold food and drink
  • cooked breakfast once a week
  • cooked lunch once a week
  • supplies of toiletries, clean clothing and shoes, sleeping bags
  • advice and links to relevant shelters, organisations and agencies
  • access to the TB X-ray van a couple of times a year
  • a monthly book club (the last Wednesday of each month)
  • a weekly film club

Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays

The St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JN

Tuesdays: 1-3pm
Pre-abstinence class: 3-4pm

Wednesdays: 10am-1200 noon
1pm: last Wednesday of each month - Book club

Fridays: 1-3pm - Film club

Thursdays and Fridays

At the TAB Centre, 18-20 Hackney Road, E2 7NS

Thursdays: 8-10am 

Fridays: 9-11:30am 

"Thomas only wants a coat so I give him one as well as socks, shoes, scarf and a hat. He did a detox when he went to prison. He hasn't gone back on the drugs but is back on the drink. So I refer him to Acorn House. I believe everybody that asks for my help wants to do what they say, but I know a lot of the time they want drink or drugs more right now. I try to be their friend, not a keyworker. I've spent the last 5 years with people that lead lives that are so hard and broken. But I still believe they can change." 
Gary, Drop in Manager.

Find out how you can volunteer with us

Listen to an interview with Gary, our drop in manager on East London Radio