For Homeless and Disadvantaged People

8 Tooting Bec Gardens, London SW16 1RB

Call: 0208 696 0943

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Our history

During the late 80s, homelessness became an increasingly visible problem in Streatham and the surrounding area. While media attention focused on the problems in central London, there was no service available locally for homeless people.

As a result, a temporary Christmas centre opened in 1989, jointly organised by the congregations of English Martyrs and St Leonard's churches in Streatham, with the support of many others in the local community.  Such was the demand for this service, and the support of local volunteers, that a more permanent service was established.

Initially known as the 'Sunday Centre', a hot meal, clothing and advice were provided every Sunday for those in need.  This was quickly followed by additional weekday openings and a new name - 'the Spires Centre', registered as a charity in 1993.

Spires services today

Since then, Spires’s services have developed to include our Rough Sleeper Space, Spires Streetlink (which includes outreach and centre services for women involved in sex work), Open Access drop-in, Women’s Space and our Spires Adult Learning Centre

We also work with a range of other voluntary and statutory agencies to ensure that we can offer all of our clients’ long-term solutions to homelessness and severe disadvantage.

To this day, Spires has retained strong links with its two founding churches, and volunteers continue to play an important role in delivering our services.

 

How to find us
Getting here

Bus

Routes 50, 57, 109, 118, 133, 159, 201, 249, 250, 255, 315, 319, 333, G1 and P13 all stop close to Spires - just ask for St Leonard’s.

Train

Streatham station (Thameslink and London Bridge lines) is about 5 minutes walk away.

Streatham Hill station (for Victoria and Clapham Junction or West Croydon and Crystal Palace) is 10 to 15 minutes walk or a short bus ride.

Streatham Common station (for Victoria or Croydon) is slightly further but on the 118 bus route.

News
Centre opening hours

MONDAY
9 - 10.30am ROUGH SLEEPERS SPACE
10.30am - 1.30pm WOMEN'S SPACE

TUESDAY
9 - 10.30am ROUGH SLEEPERS SPACE
10.30am - 2pm OPEN ACCESS

WEDNESDAY
10am - 12pm ROUGH SLEEPERS SPACE

THURSDAY
9 - 1pm ROUGH SLEEPERS SPACE

FRIDAY
9 - 10.30am ROUGH SLEEPERS SPACE
10.30am - 1.30pm WOMEN'S SPACE

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