Information about day centres for rough sleepers and what to do in cold weather.

Day centres provide services for rough sleepers and should not be used for general housing advice.

If you require general housing advice, please make an appointment with our Homeless and need help - guide.

Some of these day centres cater for particular groups so please see each day centre and check this information before you visit.

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1. Ace of Clubs day centre

Day centre for homeless and unemployed people and others in need.

St Alphonsus Road
Clapham
SW4 7AS
Telephone: 020 7720 2811 or 020 7720 0178
Website: www.aceofclubs.org.uk/

Services

  • Lunch
  • Showers and laundry
  • Clothing store
  • Nurse
  • JobcentrePlus Adviser
  • General advice on benefits, housing, rough sleeper referrals and other assistance

2. Fanon Resource Centre

Day centre for African Caribbean adults with mental health problems.

Service offered

  • advice on a range of issues, including housing and welfare rights
  • tenancy sustainment
  • mixed group and women's project.
  • activities, trips
  • low cost African Caribbean hot meal
  • access to counselling
  • outreach, including home and hospital visits
  • support for carers and family members
  • volunteering and job training opportunities.

Who is it for

African Caribbean men and women aged 18 to 65-years-old with mental health problems.

Contact

Drop-in, phone or email. For opening times and service times go to the Spires website

107 Railton Road
London
SE24 0LR
Telephone: 020 7737 2888
Email: coye@southsidepartnership.org.uk

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Public transport

  • Tube: Brixton tube
  • Buses: 3, 37, 322

3. Manna Centre

Centre for single homeless people and those in need.

Services

  • housing and welfare advice
  • free food, clothing and showers
  • surgery and visiting nurse
  • mental health worker
  • chiropodist
  • optician
  • osteopath
  • dentist
  • JobcentrePlus advice
  • furniture

Who is it for

Single homeless people and people in need.

How to contact

Drop-in. Advice service on a first come, first served basis.

6 Melior Street
London
SE1 3QP
Telephone: 020 7403 1931

Public transport

Tube and train - London Bridge tube and train station are five minutes walk Buses - P11, 17, 21, 22A, 43, X43, 48, 344, 501, 521

4. The Spires Centre

Day centre for homeless and disadvantaged people.

Service offered

  • Rough Sleepers drop-in with assessment, referrals, showers, clothing and breakfast
  • JCP advice on welfare benefits
  • assessment and referrals to suitable accommodation
  • primary healthcare nurse
  • Vulnerable women-only drop-in
  • Adult Learning Centre - courses and qualifications including literacy, IT, volunteer training, visual art workshops, creative writing and music.
  • outreach sessions for women involved in street based sex work in Lambeth

Spires does not have its own accommodation.

Who is it for

Homeless people and other disadvantaged groups, including rough sleepers and women involved in street based sex work.

Contact us

Drop-in, phone or email.

8 Tooting Bec Gardens
Streatham
London
SW16 1RB
Telephone: 020 8696 0943
Email: info@spires.org.uk

Public transport

  • Train: Streatham train station is five minutes walk
  • Buses: 57, 109, 118, 133, 159, 201, 250, P13, 319, 249

5. Waterloo Christian Centre

Day centre for homeless people aged 18 plus. Located at the back of the Old Vic theatre. Doors open at 9am, tea is available.

Services

  • free tea, coffee and breakfast
  • showers and clothing store
  • weekly afternoon video
  • nurse available three days a week
  • a Christian message is preached before breakfast and there is the opportunity to talk about Christianity on an individual basis
6-8 Webber Street
London
SE1 8QA
Telephone: 020 7928 1677

Public transport

  • Tube and train - Waterloo train station and tube is five minutes walk
  • Buses - 1, 4, 12, 63, 171, 176, 188

6. Refugee Council One Stop Service

Advice for newly arrived asylum seekers and refugees.

Services

  • help for asylum seekers already in receipt of subsistence/accommodation around appeals and other problems
  • health access for mental health needs - assessment, referral, practical help
  • support for vulnerable women
  • assistance and supported housing for unaccompanied asylum seeking children

Who is it for

Newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers and those who work with them.

How to contact

Drop-in or phone.

240-250 Ferndale Road
London
SW9 8BB
Telephone: 020 7346 6700

Public transport

  • Tube and train - Brixton tube and train stations are two minutes walk
  • Buses - 2, 3, 37, 35, 45, 45a, 109, 118, 133, 159, 196, 250, 333, 432, P4, P5

7. Rough sleeping in very cold weather

If you are sleeping rough in cold weather or concerned about someone, contact:

Lambeth Safer Streets Team
Telephone: 020 7501 0601
Email: sstlambeth@cri.org.uk

The Safer Streets Team will offer emergency accomodation to any rough sleepers during cold weather, when the Met Office forecasts three or more nights of zero degrees celsius.

If you are contacting the team with concerns about someone else, please provide details of where you have seen them and what they look like; the more information the better.