The Swiss Church in London

Homeless Haircuts & Breakfast on the Steps

The Swiss Church London is organising regular haircuts for the homeless community. Alongside the free haircut, we provide the homeless with care packages including daily essentials as well as a weekly breakfast in our beautiful building with the opportunity to chat or relax.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094992)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£10,650

Donations

32

Championed by The Together Fund

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • OtherOther

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Homelessness in London is on the rise, and especially the homeless community has been left isolated during the pandemic. The Swiss Church has been reaching out to the homeless community in London for years through diverse activities, offering a safe place for homeless people to get a haircut, food, meet other people, or just relax in a calm space.

Solution

Every month, Jake Fox, stylist at Ena Hair Salon (and also responsible for the vicar’s haircut) comes in to give homeless people a free haircut. Before the pandemic, we organised a weekly "breakfast on the steps", where homeless people could come in for a breakfast, meet new people, or just find a place of calm to enjoy a meal. Until we are able to re-open larger events, we offer to the homeless a care package with daily essentials to improve their wellbeing.

  • In August 2014 I was homeless and walking past the Swiss Church. The door was open and I was invited to Breakfast on the Steps. People at the Swiss Church are non-judgemental which means a lot to me. I now run the Breakfast on the Steps with others. Making a difference gives my life a purpose.

    — Andy Palfreyman