Working with Crisis

In 21st century Britain everybody should have a place to live, but homelessness is still a major problem.

People can lose their homes for a variety of reasons. Rising pressure from high rents and low pay, or a sudden life event like losing a job or family breakdown, can quickly force people into homelessness. But it doesn’t need to be like this.

We can end homelessness for good. This doesn’t mean that no-one will ever lose their home again, but that everyone facing homelessness gets the help they need quickly.

Crisis works directly with thousands of people who are homeless or facing homelessness every year.

We provide vital help so that people can rebuild their lives and be supported out of homelessness for good. We offer one to one support, advice and courses for people who are homeless or facing homelessness in 11 areas across England, Scotland and Wales, including in Croydon.

How we help someone depends on their individual needs and situation. It could be with finding a home and settling in, getting new skills and finding a job, or help with their health and wellbeing.

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Lyndon’s Story

Lyndon grew up in a world of poverty and absent parenting. Aged 5 he was in a car crash that left him with permanent brain damage. He has a high IQ but has been diagnosed with ADD and acute anxiety. Nevertheless, he enjoyed a successful career as a decorator and was living with his girlfriend and daughter until the relationship broke down and he was forced into homelessness. This triggered a nervous breakdown, and he was in a cycle of rough sleeping and sofa surfing when he came to Crisis.
His coach, Alex, helped him find a hostel place and then move on to a shared house. Crisis were even able to provide him with a laptop that turned into a lifeline during lockdown. Since 2020, with support from Crisis, Lyndon has been housed in a council flat. He still struggles with his mental health, and the cost of living puts further pressure on him, but he knows that Crisis will help if he needs it and is optimistic about his future.
Lyndon is helped by his coach to manage his benefits claim by prompting and accompanying him to any appointments. “I can live independently, but I need to be monitored so I don’t mess up. Safer neighbourhood police officers come and monitor me so I am not getting taken advantage of.”

How you can support Crisis

Make a donation

Make a one off, or set up a regular donation. You can also pay in money you’ve already raised.

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Shop from Crisis

Browse our range of  unique pre-loved, vintage, designer, high street and streetwear items.

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Join an event, fundraise at your organisation or do your own thing, the opportunities are endless.

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By volunteering with Crisis you can make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness.

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Croydon Skylight Centre

“Our Croydon Skylight centre is in the heart of the borough, where we offer vital help with housing, jobs, health and wellbeing to help people facing homelessness.

We’re delighted to be the charity partner for Croydon Stands Tall and look forward to seeing how the project develops and brings the community together.

We know it will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate the borough and reinforce that by working together we can all play a part in ending homelessness.”

– Matt Downie, Crisis Chief Executive

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Wild in Art is the leading producer of spectacular public art events and creative projects which enrich, entertain, inform and connect communities – giving people of all ages a voice through art.

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