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.


“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.


“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.


When Ajani arrived at Evolve at the end of 2021, Covid-19 was still a big part of everyday life. “It was strange coming to a new environment, integrating with a new crowd and getting used to new surroundings at that time. I met all the staff quite quickly, in just one or two weeks, but […]

Image of an office. Ajani is looking become a chartered accountant in the next five years.


“I want to keep helping others because I understand what some of their problems are like. I know what it’s like to be in recovery and the challenges it brings people, because I am one of them still.” Walter moved to Alexandra House in late 2020. Two years on he has become a central part […]



It was a beautiful sunny day when we sat down with Mylène (right) for coffee in the garden of her South Norwood flat. “I said to the council, all I need from a flat is to be less than two-stories up and some fresh air. This is perfect!” She moved there in December 2021, after […]

Mylene's story with Evolve


Through receiving highly creative and tailored support at Evolve, Sharon shares her story of how things have improved since coming off the streets: ‘Before I came to Alexandra House, I was very low, I lost a lot of weight and I knew that I could not carry on with the life that I was leading. Now […]

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