Bringing hope where there is despair
The Whitechapel Mission is a charity (registered charity number is: 227905). That means that we do not make any profits or bonuses from the work that we do. All of the money donated to the Whitechapel Mission is used only to help the many people who come to us for help and advice. In the last year, primarily due to social and economic factors relating to the economic downturn, our caseload increased by around 40 per cent, as over 5,000 different people used our services. Without your help and financial support, the Whitechapel Mission would not be able to provide the services that it does. The Trustees of the Whitechapel Mission are very grateful for all the support you offer.
The Trustees understand the importance and responsibility that comes with running a charity and accountability it brings. To read our pledge of accountability please click here.
Every single pound that the Whitechapel Mission receives is fully allocated to its designated project. Not a single penny is removed for other purposes. Read our 100% Donation Policy.
The Whitechapel Mission does not tender for "commissioned services". Many charities compete to deliver public services. As most of these charities are publicly funded, is there really much difference between a charity or a government department delivering a public service? The trustees uphold the view that charities should not undertake mandatory duties on behalf of local authorities, but could undertake discretionary duties.
At the last count, more than one fifth of British charities – around 34,000 – took money from the Government. And when contributions from the National Lottery are taken into account, charities received more money from government in 2010 than they did from voluntary donations. Although many of these organizations do wonderful and necessary work, it is making a mockery of true charities to pretend they are part of the voluntary sector.
For example, some charities now receives around 95 per cent of their income from a combination of government and the lottery grants. It is no longer possible for them to highlight the injustices some people have to face, if their funder is the cause of the injustice.
We wish to remain a true charity, delivering services where needed, without restriction and without a funder dictating who we can help, how we can help them or when we can help.
Wendy was a drug addict, involved in prostitution and street sleeping. A regular visitor to the Whitechapel Mission, coming to us for somewhere warm and safe to relax, she was never quite ready to get her life back on track. With our help and support, she was able, eventually, to leave the streets of Whitechapel and move into permanent accommodation, but continued to abuse drugs and fund it through prostitution. Wendy died in 2012, leaving two children. We were never able to reach Wendy, but could offer her friendship and somewhere she could be safe.
Pete was a glue sniffer for many years, and an alcoholic. Very familiar to the police and criminal system and never quite ready to change his life. And then one morning he said he had had enough and would we help him sort things out. We managed to find a detox and rehab which Pete grabbed with both hands and sorted out his addiction problems. Upon completion of the therapy, we were able to find a hostel, but with no work experience, a criminal record, it was going to be difficult to move forward from there. But, we managed to find him employment and he was able to move into his own flat and finally start his life.