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Our stories

Real stories, shared by customers who have stayed at our services. Learn more about why people come to Evolve, and how we work with them.

Conroy

“I want to be someone who took a dream and turned it into a successful reality. It’s not just about having a job; it’s about changing lives and providing opportunities. My goal is to get young people on a level playing field. A place where they can succeed and have a stable life.” Conroy moved […]

Conroy

Ryan

“Everyone has a gift. A light within them that needs to be activated. Everyone should be able to enjoy their life, be positive and look to the future.” Ryan moved into one of our supported houses in Southwest London, two years ago, after suffering a health emergency in 2021. “I was working as a security […]

Ryan

Steve

Over 30 years ago ago, Steve found himself living in Lett’s House, a children’s home in South Croydon. “I spent my entire life in the care system, and when I was moved from my last foster home, I was placed in Lett’s House. It felt like staying at a bed and breakfast. We used to […]

Steve

Sia

“If you have the strength, you can make big changes in your life. With enough support and enough desire, you can achieve what you want.” Sia moved to Burton White House in January this year. She arrived after a tumultuous twelve months in which she left her home in Ukraine, lived with a sponsor family, […]

Sia outside BWH

Mark

In 2016, my life took a different turn. I found myself homeless, but I was fortunate enough to be taken in by the council and eventually moved to Evolve. This experience opened my eyes to the challenges faced by homeless individuals and the importance of community support. Since then, I have actively sought assistance to […]

Alex House where Mark lives

Jonathan

A lot can change in the space of a year, and Jonathan understands this more than most. From a chance encounter in borrowed boxing gear to preparing for the Battersea marathon, his journey is nothing short of inspirational. Battling personal demons, discrimination, and homelessness, Jonathan discovered the healing power of both boxing and running. But […]

Jonathan boxing

Aliyyah

Every writer has a story behind their words, and Aliyyah is no different. Her journey into the world of writing began with a simple desire—to share her thoughts, ideas and stories with the world. Her passion for writing was always present, but it took some time to gather the courage to pursue it seriously. “I’ve […]

Aliyyah sitting typing at a laptop

Malik

In a world filled with challenges, art possesses a remarkable ability to break through barriers, stir emotions, and inspire change. It is one of the reasons why we run art workshops, and also why Malik Segawa, a talented artist with a fascinating story, uses his art to tackle important social issues. Through his sketches, Malik […]

Malik at Emily House

Ellie

“For lots of people it feels like the system is set up for you to fail. In a perfect world, someone with power will see this and realise that something needs to be done.” We spoke to Ellie shortly after she had moved from Evolve into her own independent accommodation In Peckham. However, just a […]

Ellie stayed with us for a month in one of our Lambeth services.

Daniel

“I didn’t expect all of this. I didn’t expect that I would make it somewhere safe. It makes such a difference. It’s not easy being outside with my condition.” Daniel came to Alexandra House in the middle of 2022, months after being forced to leave his previous house in Croydon. “I couldn’t stay in that […]

Daniel slept in a tent in a park in Croydon for several months before being referred to Evolve.

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