Evolve is a leading homelessness charity in London, providing housing and support to over 2,000 people each year.

We believe in building on people’s strengths, aspirations and goals to help break the cycle of homelessness and help them move forward with their lives.

We offer a programme of support tailored to meet people’s individual needs, including housing, employment and skills training, mentoring and counselling. We work with young parents and children at risk of exclusion to build the skills and resilience that can help prevent homelessness. We campaign to end street homelessness. We build affordable homes to help people move on to an independent life.

Our mission is to help children, young people and adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness reach their potential, and move on to live happy, fulfilled lives.

Evolve Housing + Support

A place of positive change and growth

Our purpose

To make a lasting difference to lives and communities.

What we believe in

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Get the basics right

Believe in people

Embrace diversity

Be ambitious

Empower others

We are

Honest We treat homeless, vulnerable people and staff fairly, with respect and with an unconditional positive regard.

Inclusive We enable our customers to play a key role in defining and designing the work we do. We develop our managers not to just manage, but to lead their teams.

Optimistic We don’t pass judgement on customer or staff potential simply based on where they are in their lives at this point in time.

Determined We ensure that customers and staff have a solid skills foundation to build their future development on.

Creative We provide a pathway of opportunity to support customers and staff to achieve their full potential, whatever that may be.

Passionate We believe that every customer and staff member has the potential to make significant contributions to the organisation, sector, and community; be that through paid employment or volunteering their time.

Key people

Karen CooperChair of the Board
Andrew LoweBoard member
David ShrimptonBoard member
Philippa ThomasBoard member
Isabel SanchezBoard member
Diana Coman
Simon McGrath
David CartonAudit Committee Member
Jeremy GrayChief Executive
Jenny StrudwickDirector of Corporate Services
Alice HainsworthDirector of Business Development
Elspeth HaydeDirector of People and Culture
Debra IvesDirector of Operations
David RobinsonAssistant Director of Operations
Laura McLellanHead of Business Development
Crystala mentee
Browndonfrom Beacon House
Haroldfrom Alexandra House
Ianfrom Keystone House
Kevinfrom our Bromley Services
Meganfrom Ingram Court
Patriciafrom Palmer House
Samfrom Burton-White House
Sashafrom Fitze Millennium Centre
Stephaniefrom King George's House

Our story

Our charity began as Croydon YMCA. It was first formed in 1861 and formally launched in 1879. We became South London YMCA when Croydon YMCA merged with the YMCA of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.We then merged with Earls Court YMCA in 2013. As a homelessness charity in London, we have always provided somewhere for homeless people to not only live but to gain skills, employment and ultimately thrive.

We now work with homeless and vulnerable people both north and south of the Thames in the London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, and Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Kingston-Upon-Thames. Our customers and staff include people of all ages, men and women, and people with a rich diversity of faiths and backgrounds and we have evolved our vision and values through everyone’s view of our organisation. We rebranded in September 2015- becoming Evolve Housing + Support.

In 2017, we successfully merged with Grenfell Housing and Training and will continue to grow sustainably and responsibly until we have supported as many vulnerable people into independence as we can.

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