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Welcome to Faith in Action Merton Homelessness Project (FiA)

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    Faith in Action

    Faith in Action

    Hello. We are Faith in Action Merton and our mission is to help with local homelessness by running a Drop-In centre to welcome the homeless and vulnerably housed.
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    Andy the Manager

    Andy the Manager

    on reception at the Drop-In Centre. There is a warm welcome and a hot meal for all, and help with getting the right certificates, job centre registration, and finding accommodation.
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    Service user

    Service user with staff member

    Caroline having a conversation outside the Homeless Drop-In centre
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    Lunch for service users

    Lunch, and meeting people

    Service users enjoy a freshly-cooked lunch
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    Lunch

    Lunch at the Drop-In

    Our lunches are renowned for being tasty and nutritious, and we have two teams of cooks working hard to make something special for our visitors
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    Friday kitchen volunteers

    Friday kitchen volunteers

    cook a high-quality lunch for service users
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    Wednesday kitchen volunteers

    Wednesday kitchen volunteers

    cook a high-quality lunch for our service users
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    Internet access

    Internet access

    enables our service users to register with the Job Centre and helps them move on
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    Laundry

    Laundry

    We have two washing machines and a drier for service users' clothes
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    Clothes

    Clothing

    We receive many generous clothing donations, and clothes are available for service users who need them
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    Volunteers

    Volunteers

    help out in all sorts of capacities – and have a great time whilst doing so!
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    Volunteering

    Volunteering

    Our volunteers lend a caring and non-judgmental ear. For many of our Drop-In users, this is the first time they have been properly listened to in a long time.
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    Drop-In staff

    Drop-In staff

    Angela and Caroline are project workers at the Homeless Drop-In Centre
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    Fund-raising

    Fund-raising

    We arrange all sorts of fund-raising events, from sleep-outs to quiz-nights like this one. If you'd like to get involved, just let us know.
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    YMCA Sleepout

    YMCA Sleepeasy

    Bedding down for the night in sub-zero temperatures – for a good cause this time. But for many of our Drop-In visitors this is a regular, unavoidable and dangerous experience.
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    Faith in Action

    Merton Faith in Action

    You are always welcome. And we will always listen.

Every Wednesday and Friday throughout the year, Merton Faith in Action runs a Homeless Drop-in Centre with the help of volunteers. On average 60+ homeless and vulnerably housed people attend each session. These are mainly men, and a few women, for whom little other help is available.

As well as a warm and friendly welcome they can get a high-quality hot lunch, internet access and help with filling in on-line forms, and help with moving on. We provide help with addictive and other behaviour problems too. Here is more information about the Homeless Drop-in.

Donations needed

We are a charity and rely on your support to maintain this essential work. Please help.
Support the ‘Square Meal Appeal’ every month.

  • £5 pays for two Square Meals
  • £10 pays for razors for two weeks to enable service users to shower and shave
  • £17 pays the cost of one average service user’s day at the Drop-In
  • £30 pays for two new, warm sleeping bags which we give out to those rough sleeping
  • £50 pays for a month’s worth of the warm socks and underclothes our service users need
  • £100 pays for all the food provided in a day for up to 80 people.

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Contribute via JustGiving, or contact us to make a donation or join our regular supporters list. Larger amounts gratefully received. Fundraising events are welcome too. See the Donate page.

We all mourn the loss of Rev Andrew Wakefield, and are very grateful to his Executors for funeral donations to Faith in Action in lieu of flowers. See JustGiving in loving memory of Andrew Wakefield.

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for the latest from the Merton Homeless Drop-In.