Spitalfields Crypt Trust

Time to decriminalise homelessness and provide more support

With a 27% increase in the number of people sleeping on the streets, we’re shocked to hear that the government continues to pursue new legislation that could criminalise people experiencing homelessness. We’re facing a homeless emergency, and the policy demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of the root causes of…

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SCT publishes its 2022 to 2023 annual report and accounts

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…

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Celebrating Transformations in 2023: A message from our CEO

At Christmas, I often look back and reflect on the year that’s been.  It has been a year of challenges for many, from the cost-of-living crisis and the lack of affordable housing to increasing levels of homelessness and struggling communities being pitted against each other.  And yet…. during life’s most…

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Celebrating Acorn House’s 20th birthday

Since 2002, our recovery hostel has been a core part of SCT. To commemorate twenty years since our doors opened, we spoke to staff and residents about what Acorn House does and what it means to them.  Acorn House is our 16-bed hostel offering a therapeutic programme…

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Our 2022 staff conference

This year’s staff conference will be called “Together”. Alongside some structured activities we hope it will be a day to help us connect and re-connect with each other as one SCT team, enjoy each other’s company, and some good food. We have hired Showtime Photo Booth, the go to…

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SCT publishes 2020-2021 Annual Report

SCT’s annual report is a review of the financial year 2020-21, and includes a summary of our financial statements. This reporting period has almost entirely been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and this report tells the story of SCT during a very unusual year. Nonetheless, this year we’ve had so…

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Our shop windows are telling the stories of recovery in East London

A big part of our recovery pathway is our Training and Development Centre, which offers activities and training to men and women in recovery from addictions. We run regular classes in literacy, art, creative writing, digital skills, gardening, and woodwork, helping students to improve self-esteem, develop creativity, learn…

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“I am reversible” – Vaughan’s Story 

CW: Mentions of suicide, self-harm, drinking, addiction  As a young child, Vaughan faced domestic violence and precarious housing, his parents struggled with drinking and he ended up in care. He became an alcoholic at a young age while moving through the care system, then into bedsits, sofa…

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SCT launches a new online charity shop

Today we’re opening our new online shop showcasing an expertly curated selection of our finest clothes, accessories, and homewares donated by our kind supporters. Our charity shops have had a presence on the streets of East London for over 25 years. Since then, we’ve rehomed millions of preloved items, and…

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Steve Coles reflects upon his years at SCT

Steve started at SCT in January 2017, as his first CEO role after years of experience in similar charities and social enterprises. Having been with us through some of the best and most difficult times, Steve is stepping down from his role on the 16th of July to take on…

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SCT welcomes new CEO

We are delighted to welcome Tony Chasteauneuf, who will take over leadership of SCT in August. Tony joins us after 14 years with The Salvation Army in Australia and the UK, and 12 years at Turning Tides (formerly Worthing Churches Homeless Projects). “I’m very excited to be…

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