West London Day Centre
Who We Are
West London Day Centre, based in Westminster is a service open to anyone over the age of 25 that is affected by homelessness. As part of the West London Mission, we are an organisation founded on Christian ethos but open to peoplle of all faiths or none.
Ours is a dual approach; we provide short term relief with frontline services while working to support our clients with long term solutions to their homelessness.
What we do
Around 100 street homeless people visit the day centre every day and this can include ten or more newly homeless people. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds but they all come to us in a state of crisis and needing help. We assess them all individually and work out the best way to assist - our aim is to get them off the streets and back into accommodation as quickly as possible. We usually help between 20 and 30 people into accommodation every month.
West London Day Centre is at the heart of coordinating the Westminster Churches and Synagogue Night Shelter. Please see here for more about the night shelter.
Basic needs services
Our drop in centre provides immediate services to alleviate the hardships experienced by those sleeping rough, including hot breakfasts, showers, laundry, clothing store, haircuts, luggage storage and mail collection as well as access to health workers.
Advice and support
Our comprehensive advice and referral service assists with accommodation, jobs and benefits to address some of the clients underlying issues and assist them in moving off the streets and back into work. Other support services include the on-site Homeless Health Team (with a Nurse every day, a Doctor twice a week and a Podiatrist once a week) as well as mental health support services, an optician, and drugs and alcohol support.
Longer term developmental services
Our social and recreational services help to build clients confidence, assist with social integration and support them in moving away from a street based lifestyle. These include the Seymour Art Collective, chess, computing, music and various courses.
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- If you see someone rough sleeping please call 0870 3833333 to alert the outreach services: If they are new to the streets then a quick intervention could prevent them from spending a second night out. See the No Second Night Out website for more information.
- If you are thinking of travelling to the UK, or know someone who is, then have a look at the information here. The Before You Go campaign's intention is to help prevent economic migrants ending up homeless on the streets of the UK.