Update: 13th July
We are reopening Restoration Station!
Our furniture restoration shop will now be open:
- Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:30 – 5pm
And closed for the rest of the week.
Please get in touch with us about making donations.
Update: 30th June
We are reopening another charity shop!
Our Aldgate East shop will reopen on the 1st of July with the following opening hours:
- Open Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-6pm
Please see below for further details on our charity shops.
Update: 16th June
We are reopening Paper & Cup!
Our social enterprise Paper & Cup will reopen on Friday 19th of June, and will remain open daily with the following opening hours:
- Closed Monday – Tuesday
- Open Wednesday – Sunday: 10am-4pm
We will be serving takeaways only until further notice.
Update: 12th June
We are reopening some of our shops!
Four SCT charity shops will reopen on the 15th of June with the following opening hours:
- Watney Market
Open Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm
- Bethnal Green
Open Monday – Sunday 10am-6pm
Open Monday – Sunday 10am-6pm
- Roman Road
Open Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm
The following shops will remain closed for now:
- Aldgate East
- Chrisp St
- Barking road
Our social enterprises, Paper and Cup and Restoration Station, will also remain closed until further notice.
This decision will be reassessed weekly, to ensure that we continue to responsibly balance finances with the health and safety of the staff.
If you have donations for us, or you want to know more about our safety procedures during Covid-19, click here.
Most of our face-to-face services will remain suspended until further notice.
Over the past few months, we have adapted as many services as possible to take place online or over the phone, and this will continue for the time being.
For people in recovery, isolation has been difficult, so SCT staff and volunteers have been making every effort to keep everyone connected, through virtual quizzes, art classes, crosswords, online yoga, and more. The training and development centre continues to run classes and activities virtually, with new ideas being developed along the way. We have also been publishing a series of stories, articles, and poems about recovery in lockdown, to encourage creative writing, share advice for those in similar positions, and build connections with other people and groups. If you are interested in supporting our recovery community at this difficult time, click here for ways you can help.
The SCT is also supporting Homeless Link’s new campaign to ensure that funding for housing is extended beyond lockdown. The pandemic has shown what can be achieved in London, and we encourage this support to continue in the long-term.
Update: 30 March 2020
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Spitalfields Crypt Trust has suspended most face-to-face activities but continues to support people both remotely and on-site in our residential recovery hostel.
We have taken significant action to reduce the spread of the virus while adapting our service to ensure the people we work with can maintain their recovery and tenancies through this turbulent time.
We have paused all indoor activities at the Homeless Drop-in and the Recovery Hub – which includes the Training and Development centre and Choices, our recovery community. We have also stopped all activities at our Charity Shops, and our social enterprises Paper & Cup and Restoration Station.
Each week, we see a number of people who are more susceptible to the virus due to pre-existing medical conditions and age. We are concerned that by continuing to offer our usual service and gathering large numbers in a confined space for hours at a time, we would be placing these people at risk of catching the virus.
It is important to acknowledge that in the midst of this unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty, we have seen beautiful examples of creativity, compassion and community right across SCT, which are testimony to the ethos of the organisation and to the dedication of each of our staff.