Spires will provide a wide range of centre based services to those who are sleeping rough, the disadvantaged who are in need of warmth and food and specialist services for women.
The day centre is open to all people who are disadvantaged by life's circumstances, vulnerable and in need of help and support. Socially isolated men and women will find friendship and a welcoming and inclusive environment.
They are committed to promoting the dignity of individuals by working to restore their self-esteem and relieve their loneliness. They strive to discover the unique qualities of everyone accessing the services in order to meet their individual needs.
They value the diversity brought to Spires by the clients, staff and volunteers, understanding how this contributes significantly to the effectiveness of the services they offer.
During the late 80s, homelessness became an increasingly visible problem in Streatham and the surrounding area. While media attention focused on the problems in central London, there was no service available locally for homeless people.
As a result, a temporary Christmas centre opened in 1989, jointly organised by the congregations of English Martyrs
and St Leonard's
churches in Streatham, with the support of many others in the local community. Such was the demand for this service, and the support of local volunteers, that a more permanent service was established.
Initially known as the 'Sunday Centre', a hot meal, clothing and advice were provided every Sunday for those in need. This was quickly followed by additional weekday openings and a new name - 'the Spires Centre', registered as a charity in 1993.
Spires - Vision, Mission & Values
To be the best support they can in helping people move from lives of distress, isolation and insecurity to a future of greater stability and hope.
Spires will support anyone who is in a state of need. The clients have complex needs ranging from homelessness, insecure accommodation, unemployment, problems, with mental and physical health, addiction and substance abuse, domestic abuse and imprisoned in sex work with entrenched addictions and chaotic lifestyles.