We have published our review of the financial year 2022 to 2023, which includes a summary of financial statements.

During the year we had many wonderful highlights.

39 people or nearly 40% of Acorn House residents successfully completing a 6 month addiction recovery programme. This is an amazing achievement, particularly considering the complexity of the challenges with which our residents come to us with and the profound challenge of maintaining abstinence.

Nine new residents and five existing residents from our move on house secured and moved into their own independent accommodation where they will continue to embed their recovery and build their independence.

In training and development there 500 sessions of art, literacy, creative writing, digital skills, gardening and woodwork were delivered to residents and members of our wider recovery community.

Over 17 people every quarter participated in our Progressions programmes to develop their employment, training and education opportunities – including six students completing our new 6 week ‘Futures Academy’ delivered in partnership with ‘100 Shoreditch’.

We supported 19 residents within our Housing First service, all of whom have been offered long-term, person-centered support, and have managed to maintain their tenancies (with no tenancy relinquishments or evictions across the year). The strength of our relationship with our housing partner (Poplar HARCA) is fundamental in enabling this extremely multiply disadvantaged and excluded group to maintain their tenancies.

We are proud of the success of our eight charity shops and two social enterprises. Between April 2022 and March 2023, 3,500 items were sold each week on average through our shops, meaning almost 90,000 textile garments alone are recycled each year.

The environmental benefits of charity retail are clear and we are clearly an ethical alternative to fast fashion. The sector provides quality products to local people at a price they can afford with the average overall transaction value in a charity shop sitting at just £4.03.

Click here to read a full copy of SCT’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2022 – 2023