Crisis is the national charity for people experiencing homelessness. We help people directly out of homelessness and campaign for the changes needed to solve it altogether.
There are many ways that you could get involved to have an impact locally or nationally. Our direct services for people who are experiencing homelessness are based in 11 locations across England, Scotland and Wales.
We call our centres Crisis Skylights, and whilst each is different, they all share a common mission to help people rebuild their lives. They support our members by helping them:
We know we can’t end homelessness on our own. We use research and evidence from services to uncover problems and to develop solutions. We collaborate with campaigners, people with lived experience of homelessness, and influencers to achieve lasting systems change. And thanks to our partnerships with charitable trusts, foundations, lottery and statutory funders, we’ve helped thousands of people out of homelessness for good.
We can offer a variety of funding options, the chance to learn more about homelessness from leading experts in the sector, opportunities to hear from our members and tailored reports that demonstrate the impact of your donation.
If you choose to support Crisis, you will make a real difference to people on their journey out of homelessness.
We are keen to develop meaningful relationships with funders that share our commitment to ending homelessness.
If you represent a charitable trust, statutory or a lottery funder and would like to find out more about our work or to make a donation, please contact us via email@example.com.
A grant from Julia and Hans Rausing in April 2020 helped us to continue reaching people experiencing homeless during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the first national lockdown and beyond. Their support enabled us to deliver a broad range of emergency support, online arts and learning activities and wellbeing, employment and housing services.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, almost all our services during this time were delivered by our staff using email, mobile phone, and video call technology. The funding provided helped us to quickly adapt our services to assist people remotely with their physical and mental wellbeing, financial stability and to ensure they had access to somewhere safe to shelter from the virus. From there we supported people to find a stable and permanent home. We were also able to post or drop off emergency food and hygiene supplies, wellbeing activities, and mobile phones to people who needed them.
We are very grateful for the generous support provided by Julia and Hans Rausing and their commitment to ending homelessness.
Every year, the National Lottery Community Fund distributes millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes, with the aim of making a positive difference in people’s lives and in their communities. With thanks to the players of the National Lottery, the Community Fund has been supporting Crisis for over 17 years.
The Community Fund recently awarded funding for Crisis in Wales for the first time. This new project, Homeless to Home, will reach hundreds of people experiencing homelessness in Swansea over four years. Alongside one-to-one coaching that will help people move towards their housing, employment, and wellbeing goals, the project includes fully trained volunteer roles for people with lived experience of homelessness. Our experts will offer people advice and support to settle into new homes, make links within their communities and develop positive relationships and social networks.
Karen Grunhut, Director of Crisis Skylight South Wales, says, “The new volunteer roles created by this project will offer a great opportunity for people with lived experience of homelessness to use their experiences in a positive way and ensure that all involved in the project are more able to fulfil their potential.”
Through collaboration with the statutory sector in England, Scotland and Wales, we deliver local and national projects that align with our values and help fulfil our mission to end homelessness for good.
For example, with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS') Tampon Tax Fund, we were able to deliver Project TILI across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Project TILI was a two-year multi-agency project led by Crisis, designed to identify the issues faced by female victims of modern-day slavery and homelessness. It was developed and delivered in partnership with Hestia, Bawso, Women's Aid and Shared Lives Plus, all key charities working in the fields of domestic abuse, modern-day slavery, homelessness and housing.
This project will help break the link between homelessness and modern-day slavery for women in the UK. You can read more about Project TILI.
Structured coaching helps people take their first steps out of homelessness. Our coaches are there to help people reach goals on their own unique journey through our services. Whether it be helping someone open a bank account, register with a GP, secure an income or finding somewhere safe and stable to call home, our coaching model helps people end their homelessness for good.
Providing support for people at critical times, such as when leaving the prison system, when they are known to be at high risk of homelessness. The project will ensure people have somewhere safe to stay upon their release, and specialist caseworkers will provide time limited support to help them settle into the community and avoid falling into homelessness.
This project is tailored to people with complex needs and prioritises immediate access to a settled and secure home. Personalised support is then provided for as long as people need to make positive changes in their lives and leave homelessness behind.