Every year, we provide housing and support to over 1,000 people impacted by homelessness in London.

Homelessness can take many forms, and the causes are different for everyone. We deliver personal support built around each person’s unique strengths, aspirations and goals. By doing so, we help them move away from homelessness and into independence, for good.

  • We provide supported accommodation for people who need somewhere to live.
  • We offer a health and wellbeing service to meet the mental and physical health needs of those staying with us.
  • We deliver a work and learning programme to equip people with the skills and experience they need to find jobs and educational opportunities.
  • We work with young parents and children at risk of exclusion to build the skills and resilience that can help prevent homelessness before it starts.


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

Paterson Joseph
Bianca Miller-Cole
Paul PerkinChair
Diana ComanBoard member
Evonne HudsonBoard Member
Paul InfieldVice Chair
Nilavra MukerjiBoard Member
Simon McGrathBoard member
Isabel SanchezBoard member
David ShrimptonBoard Member
Jeremy GrayChief Executive
Jenny StrudwickDirector of Corporate Services
Pamela NewmanDeputy Director of Operations
Debra IvesDirector of Operations
Elspeth HaydeDirector of People and Culture

Our story

We began as Croydon YMCA, first formed in 1861 and formally launched in 1879. We became the South London YMCA, and then merged with Earls Court YMCA in 2013 before becoming Evolve Housing + Support in 2015.We have always provided somewhere for people impacted by homelessness to stay, but also gain skills, access employment and ultimately thrive.

We now work with people both north and south of the Thames in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Kensington and Chelsea and Kingston-Upon-Thames. Our customers and staff include people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds, and our values are informed by this diversity.

In 2017 we successfully merged with Grenfell Housing and Training, and will continue to grow sustainably and responsibly, supporting as many people out of homelessness and into independence as we can.

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