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Spitalfields Crypt Trust

SCT was born over 50 years ago, when the then vicar of Christ Church, Spitalfields opened up the doors of the crypt to local men in the area who were homeless and struggling with alcohol addiction. This legacy of practical compassion lives on. Today, they help over 600 people every year to break lethal cycles of homelessness and addiction. Unfortunately, the harm caused by homelessness and addiction in England continues to rise.

Those at the start of the pathway can visit the homeless drop-in, where they help people who may be still using drugs and alcohol. For those ready for recovery, they offer a residential (abstinence-based) programme, along with supported move-on housing, and addictions counselling. As part of mid-stage recovery, SCT’s Training and Development Centre provides education and training opportunities, helping people to establish a routine, build new skills, boost their self-esteem, make friends, and engage with their local community. The next step is work experience, which people can access through SCT’s social enterprises and charity shops, as well as finding further opportunities with partner organisations. For those in long-term recovery, SCT also coordinates a peer-led recovery community, Choices, who meet regularly for support, understanding, and friendly guidance.

To help SCT, you could volunteer, fundraise, spread the word, or support them with your skills and expertise. See their website for more details:

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