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Project information

The Big Build

Our failure to find suitable alternative premises at an acceptable price has resulted in us signing a 3 year lease at our present home as security of tenure is paramount to our survival. We need to expand and improve the shelter so we can provide the best possible environment and care for our guests

July 2011 - June 2012

Charity information: Shelter From The Storm

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  • Need


    Reduce the plight of the homeless in Islington. We have identified a growing need among the young homeless and amongst women. One size doesn’t fit all. This is as true of the chaotic homeless as of those in the housed world. SFTS is recognised in the homeless world as being particularly inclusive and sensitive to the needs of these groups.. The needs of the homeless are a safe place to eat, sleep, wash and receive mentoring and help back into the job and housing markets. They need shelter.


    We can get people permanently off the streets. Not just providing beds, food and a chance to wash/launder, but providing practical help/advice on housing and jobs, getting onto rehab programmes. We provide therapy/ counselling/advice and have had some real success, but we need to expand our premises and provide better facilities for our guests and different spaces for our different user groups.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Expand our present space.


    » Add a mezzanine floor which increases our floor space by 30% to accommodate the needs of our young and female guests.

    What success will look like

    Success will be when we have installed the mezzanine floor, and are able to better accommodate our guests

    Aim 2

    Enhance the facilities


    » Add an additional female shower as we only have a shared one at present, and purchase a commercial dishwasher and microwave.

    What success will look like

    Success will be when we have installed the additional female shower and purchased the commercial dishwasher and microwave, helping to meet our guests' basic physical requirements

    Aim 3

    Have a bigger counselling room where we can listen privately to the guests situations


    » Build/partition to allow counselling/ mentoring, on a continued volunteer basis, to be available to all our guests on a basis of greatest need.

    What success will look like

    Success will be when we have a room where our guests' emotional needs are heard and addressed by people who care.

    Aim 4

    To cater for quiet activities such as English tuition and IT classes


    » Provide a separate area for such activities.

    What success will look like

    Success will be when we have sufficient space enabling us to cater for these activities.

  • Impact


    The Islington area will see an improvement in relations between the homeless and the housed. More local community involvement will see even more volunteers come forward. We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the number of guests we are empowering to move on into their own accommodation, gain employment and rebuild their lives.


    The shelter will be partly uninhabitable during the building works, but we will carefully project manage to ensure minimum disruption.


    Donors will receive bi-monthly emails detailing our progress ... and often they'll see it because they're our volunteers too.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £163,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Rent/Service Charge Rent and Service Charge for premises
      £28,000 Salary Salary inc NI for sole employee
      £62,000 Running costs Utilities, food, laundering costs etc
      £35,000 Mezzanine Floor Supplying and installing mezzanine floor.
      £8,800 Shower and Kitchen Equipment Additional shower for use of female guests and commercial microwave and dishwasher

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Pret a Manger £10,000 Guaranteed
    Sumners Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
    Stephen Fixman £5,000 Guaranteed
    Louie Salvoni £5,000 Guaranteed
    Kit Free £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    There are about 400,000 homeless people in Britain, and many of them gravitate towards Central London. Because of Islington’s proximity to Kings Cross it has always been a magnet for the lost and dispossessed from all over the country. Many of the agencies we work with have had their funding cut and we are finding a daily increase in demand for our shelter. We operate in one of the most deprived areas of the uk and there just isn’t enough housing provision to cater for the need


    Because we raise all our own money we can accept guests from any borough or agency.We believe we are the only 365 days a year shelter completely free to guests.We accept people with no recourse to public funds, refugees awaiting benefit claims, those fleeing torture or domestic violence,in fact anyone in need of respite and shelter. We provide them with a bed, dinner and breakfast , offering throughout the year a safe, loving environment where they can be listened to and sustained by volunteers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have become the first and only option for some of the most marginalised people in our society. We have established links with the Met Police trafficking division, the Poppy Project and all the London agencies dealing with young homeless persons. Our work with women and the young is becoming increasingly vital.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sheila Scott

    A single parent, homeless for 9 months through divorce, set up SFTS in 2005.Vital and dedicated she's jointly responsible for the ethos/ fundraising

    Louie Salvoni

    He brings rigour/expertise/discipline from his business experience to SFTS and has doggedly fund raised since he co-founded the charity with Sheila