Homelessness London Jul 2021

CRASH delivers extensive refurbishment of move-on house from “dingy, dark accommodation to a welcoming, light-filled, well-equipped home” for homeless women and men in London.

Kairos Community Trust, is dedicated to helping homeless men and women with drug and alcohol problems. They do this through their abstinence-support hostel, rehabilitation programmes and a network of 29 supported move-on houses in London.

CRASH and Kairos have a long-standing relationship and with the help of CRASH’s Corporate Patron companies, we last delivered a project together in 2019 to provide an extension and three additional en-suite rooms in a much-needed home for people recovering from homelessness and addiction.

Homelessness and addiction are twin problems, and Kairos believes that the journey to recovery begins in a safe, secure environment which people can call home.

The need

Kairos applied to CRASH for help to extend and renovate one of their move-on houses which was desperately in need of an extensive refurbishment. Kairos was using the upper floor of the property as supported accommodation for six people on their journey from homelessness to independent living. The ground floor housed Kairos’ ‘Garden Day Programme’ delivering a 12 week recovery and rehabilitation model to non-residential clients.

The multi-use property needed updating so that Kairos could focus on doing what they do best and delivering move-on accommodation and specialist care. In their application for support to CRASH, Mossie Lyons, Director at Kairos Community Trust described the property as having:

“A living area that is in very poor condition and a therapy area that is cramped and restrictive. The resident’s area needs to be refurbished while the space used by the ‘Garden Day Programme’ could benefit from an extension”

The solution

With the support of CRASH and our Corporate Patrons, the property was extended to create a new kitchen/diner, bathrooms, counselling rooms and group therapy rooms. The extensive works have enlarged and enhanced the property, making it much more welcoming and homely to the residents and day programme clients. The improvements have given residents a safe space to continue their journey from homelessness to independent living, benefitting Kairos and its service users for many years to come.

Before & After:

How CRASH Corporate Patrons helped

CRASH collaborated with several Corporate Patron companies to transform the building and improve the facilities offered to residents as well as clients in the recovery programme. AECOM and Arcadis provided professional expertise and expert advice throughout the project, whilst Bauder, British Gypsum, Forterra, Geberit, Hanson and Morrisroe Group donated product and materials to complete the works.

The support provided by CRASH and our Patron Companies saved Kairos a huge £52,819 off the final project cost, this included:

  • £27,819 worth of donated professional services and materials from CRASH Corporate Patrons
  • £25,000 cash grant awarded by CRASH, made possible through fundraising

The significant saving in construction costs will enable Kairos to focus their resources and time on supporting their residents and clients across London, helping more people on the road to recovery.

The Social Impact

”The transformation of our old building into a bright and spacious treatment centre is a very welcome development. I feel reborn to have the Garden Day Programme up and running in such a quality environment.”

Tim Penrice

Manager of Garden Day Programme at Kairos Community Trust

‘’The CRASH contribution to the development of Nunhead Lane was as vital and all-inclusive as ever. Help came in the form of funding, building materials, expert professional advice, and time. It would not be possible or have happened without CRASH. All for our vulnerable homeless at a time of pandemic – thanks CRASH”

Mossie Lyons

Director at Kairos Community Trust

“From dingy, dark accommodation to a welcoming, light-filled, well equipped home; our residents feel at home at the new Nunhead Lane”

Matt Dear

Manager of move-on, post rehabilitation housing at Kairos Community Trust

”The transformation of our old building into a bright and spacious treatment centre is a very welcome development. I feel reborn to have the Garden Day Programme up and running in such a quality environment.”

Tim Penrice

Manager of Garden Day Programme at Kairos Community Trust

‘’The CRASH contribution to the development of Nunhead Lane was as vital and all-inclusive as ever. Help came in the form of funding, building materials, expert professional advice, and time. It would not be possible or have happened without CRASH. All for our vulnerable homeless at a time of pandemic – thanks CRASH”

Mossie Lyons

Director at Kairos Community Trust

“From dingy, dark accommodation to a welcoming, light-filled, well equipped home; our residents feel at home at the new Nunhead Lane”

Matt Dear

Manager of move-on, post rehabilitation housing at Kairos Community Trust

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