RESTART Lives

Supporting men and women in London to break the cycle of homelessness and confront the issues obstructing their future.

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About Us

We are a small, London-based charity whose objective is to support homeless people to overcome the challenges of life ‘on the streets’. Our staff and volunteers assist guests in securing accommodation, finding employment, improving social relationships, mental health and well-being, and developing the confidence and readiness to return to independent living.  

The REGAIN Programme

1. ReAct

Platform for Change

Visit our Drop-In which welcomes all within a hospitable and non-judgmental space.

2. ReStore

Platform for Recovery

Receive 1:1 support and advice with personal issues and develop work-readiness skills. 

3. ReCruit

Platform for Work

Gain a referral to training, apprenticeships or employment opportunities.

4. ReHouse

Platform for Housing

Source temporary or permanent accommodation and budget for household bills.

5. ReTurn

Platform for the Future

Return to independent living and support current guests as a volunteer. 

Volunteer

Would you like to make a positive difference and support homeless men and women?

Are you passionate about alleviating homelessness, poverty and vulnerability?

Can you spare a few hours a week?

If yes, then get involved!

 

Donate

Whether a one-off donation or regular contribution, you are helping guests to restart their lives and escape homelessness . Your gift of money or material goods will be integral to the success of our programmes. 

Meals served monthly

Volunteers and mentors per week

Guests supported into work

"I took [the job] and I made it work. You can't help a guy 100%. You gave me 50% and I gave myself the other 50"

– Former guest, 2019.

"It helps to talk to my mentor about these things... I feel I am making real progress now"

– Current guest-mentee, 2019.

"We know our guests and their life stories. We take time to listen, get to know them and understand their concerns"

– Phil, General Manager, 2018.

"Volunteering for RESTART has opened my eyes to the complexities of homelessness"

– Ellie Farmer, Volunteer, 2019.

News & Events

19 July – 30 August 2019

Summer Art Club 

Two of our fabulous volunteers have decided to host an Art Club for our guests over the summer. For 7 weeks only, we will be getting creative by drawing, painting and decorating our drop-in! Join us on Fridays from 4pm. 

May 2019

2019 Mentoring Scheme

In March & April, we held two training days for those that were interested in becoming a mentor. All 16 volunteers, 5 trustees and staff learnt a huge amount from Kay Lawrence (psychotherapist) and Dahlia Parkinson (Employability Coordinator at the 999 Club) about how to best support homeless guests through multiple challenges. 

Contact us

Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about our support, programmes, volunteering opportunities and events.