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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.

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

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.

Chantae

“People have said before that they don’t expect me to be in supported accommodation because I can function well on my own and can get things done. That just shows the misconceptions they have about it. They think it is people’s own fault if they are homeless, but that isn’t true. There is still a […]

E.

“I wanted to build a machine that would take me into a different world, a different life. That’s the good thing about acting – you can have a million lives.” After arriving at Evolve, it didn’t take E. very long to start building the new life she had been thinking about. Something very different from […]

E.

Hannah

“I have never spent this much time in the garden before. Now every day I sit and have my lunch out here, it’s so chilled out I love it.” Hannah moved to Eva House in May, after leaving a different supported housing service elsewhere in Croydon. “There was no trust, and it didn’t feel safe […]

Hannah Belfon

Ana

Ana came to Evolve in mid-2020. Since arriving, the extra space and security has given her the chance to pursue new projects. With a plan for a new business, and an online safeguarding guide coming out soon, she has her eyes on the future. This is her experience so far: “Before Evolve, home was a […]

Ana moved to Evolve in mid-2020

Andrew Sharrow, 19

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic families have been put under increased strain. Living spaces that were questionably small before, have become claustrophobic with the addition of lockdown measures. For Andrew, this has meant spending almost all his time in a two-bedroom apartment that he shared with his brother and mother. While struggling to contend with the […]

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