Our Drop-in remains open

We are happy to confirm that we are able to safely open the drop-in (for indoor, sit-down meals) at St Columba’s Church this Friday 7 January 2022 (6.30-8.30pm). We will be reviewing this weekly. Extra safety precautions have been put in place including making lateral flow tests and face masks compulsory for our staff/volunteer team. 

Angela's story

A short film representing the challenges of homelessness through Angela’s story.

Become a mentor

Volunteers are at the heart of RESTART. This Winter we are expanding our volunteer mentoring team so that we can support more people with their goals and needs. It is predominantly through the actions of volunteers that our guests know that they matter and can develop their confidence and self-esteem. 

Support our Sleepout!

On Friday 19 November, the RESTART team and over 45 supporters slept outside on the pavement in London for the night to raise awareness and much-needed funds. There’s still time to show your support and donate, if you can, to help contribute to the work of RESTART LIVES.

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.  

News & Events

Our marvellous mentors in action

Our marvellous mentors in action

At the start of 2021, we recruited a team of 12 volunteers to support our guests and our work - some of them are our existing volunteers who know RESTART well and others are new to us who we were glad to be welcoming on board.  Flash forward three months to June and...

Free fundraising workshop for small charities

Free fundraising workshop for small charities

This month, and again in May, we (RESTART) are hosting a free fundraising workshop called 'Foundations for Fundraising: Raising funds for small charities in difficult times'.  The workshops are designed to support those who, like us, are working and volunteering in...

Smartphones distributed

Meals served since March 2020

Befriended guests


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!



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.

"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.

"You should see people's faces light up when they see the snacks and treats you have [at the drop-in]!"

– Guest, 2020.

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

– Phil, Drop-in Manager, 2018.

"Thank your for phone call and offer of support, it's very good of you. Talking to one another, this is how we progress"

– Guest, 2020.

Contact us


Please get in touch if you would like to help us support homeless and vulnerable adults and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.