Charities supported by the Chamber
Based in London, Glass Door coordinates the UK’s largest network of open-access services for people affected by homelessness.
The charity's vision is a world where no one has to sleep on the streets of London, and are working every day to achieve this. By partnering with churches and community centres to provide shelter and support, Glass Door is committed to supporting people get - and stay - off the street.
The charity is open to all, space permitting. They do not require their guests to fill in long, complicated forms or prove they have a local connection to gain access to their services.
As an independent charity that receives no funding that impedes their open access policy, it is thanks to the support of individuals, partners, churches, community groups, businesses, trusts and foundations that they can continue to provide shelter and support to those who need it most.
In the winter of 2019-2020, about 170 individuals slept in a Glass Door shelter every night, making Glass Door the largest emergency winter night shelter network in the country. Glass Door is able to do this thanks to partnerships with churches across West and South West London.
Westminster Befriend a Family
Westminster Befriend a Family (WBAF) supports families and young people to identify and achieve their goals, making life-changing transformations that get them where they want to be.
They’ve been supporting the community in Westminster for over 30 years, and now serve the neighbouring boroughs too. The Charity run two key programmes:
Broadening Horizons, a programme of mentoring for young people aged 10 – 25
Mentoring for Mums, for women with children aged 5+
For both programmes they train and supervise volunteer mentors who provide regular one to one support in person, over the phone and online.
Their programmes boost well-being, increase connectedness and enable people to flourish as their autonomy and confidence grows.