For Homeless and Disadvantaged People

8 Tooting Bec Gardens, London SW16 1RB

Call: 0208 696 0943

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“The teacher was an inspiration to me. She brought the best out of myself and the class.”

  • Adult Learning
  • Trainee Programme
  • Volunteer Training

We offer a wide range of drop-in classes, open to anyone who’d like to get involved.

Our classes offer one-to-one tuition and a range of different activities, and extra support is available for those with learning difficulties. All of our tutors are fully qualified and work hard to ensure that all our learners have a positive learning experience.


Check out "Courses" "Adult Learning" to see the current timetable

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The Spires Trainee Programme provides opportunities for men and women to be fully trained as project workers in the social care/homelessness field.

Usually recruited from our volunteers or directly from our accredited volunteer training courses, our trainee programme is an opportunity for at least two individuals each year to join the Spires staff team on a paid placement and be fully trained as a project worker in the social care field.  Our trainees come from a variety of backgrounds including ex-homeless clients, those in recovery from drug/alcohol addiction, survivors of domestic violence or former street-based sex workers.  

Trainees are managed and supervised by an experienced project worker and each trainee is given the opportunity to apply all aspects of their learning within their role; whether that may be carrying out client assessments, managing a supervised caseload or taking responsibility for a variety of day to day tasks within the centre. Trainees also have the opportunity to visit other similar organisations and attend appropriate external training courses and conferences to extend their learning and skill set.  Female trainees also have the opportunity to participate in Spires Streetlink outreach work and the Women’s Space.  

Outcomes for our trainees involved in the programme include:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Increased access to further training and professional networks and forums
  • Increased work skills
  • Improved employability

Our trainee programme has been a great success with many of our former trainees having found either further employment as key workers at Spires or at other voluntary organisations, or progressing on to further training and development.

For further information about our trainee programme, please contact our Director, Lucy Barrett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 020 8696 0943.   

Please note we will post when we are next recruiting for the trainee programme on our News page so do keep looking!

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Our popular Introduction to Volunteering course and our Spires Volunteer Training Programme attract both volunteers and former clients from a wide range of backgrounds.

They are a fantastic way of exploring and understanding the skills and knowledge required to volunteer and work with vulnerable people.  

Running twice a year, the courses are helpful for anyone who has either limited job or life skills. It offers each learner the chance to build on their skill set enabling them to work towards fulfilling their potential.

Both courses are accredited by OCN London 

Spires Introduction to Volunteering

Course length: 8 weeks 
Classroom session: Thursdays, 10am to 1pm
Volunteering session: 9am to 2pm on Tuesdays
Next start date: 2017 dates and sessions to be confirmed

A popular 8-week course aimed at anyone who wants to learn useful skills while moving towards greater independence. The course covers a range of topics and issues including team building, personal boundaries and communication. Advice and literacy support is available for all course participants. Please note you must also be available for the separate volunteering sessions.

This course leads to an OCN London Qualification for Progression.

Spires Volunteer Training Programme

Course Length: 16 weeks
Classroom session: Wednesdays, 9am to 2pm
Volunteering sessions: 9am to 2pm on Tuesdays
Next start date: TBC

Our fantastic 16-week course combines classroom sessions, home-study and volunteering activities within the Spires Centre.  Covering the knowledge and skills needed to volunteer or work with vulnerable people, this course leads to an OCN London Level 1 or 2 Qualification for Progression.  Advice and literacy support is available for all course participants.

If you would like more information about the courses, or want to enroll, please contact our Adult Learning Manager, Ola Malanska, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or phone 020 8696 0943.

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How to find us
Getting here


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.


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.

Centre opening hours

10.30am - 1.30pm WOMEN'S SPACE

10.30am - 2pm OPEN ACCESS



10.30am - 1.30pm WOMEN'S SPACE

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