Registered Charity

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.

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Our Impact in 2020

  • Over 2,850 volunteers, offering over 20,930 hours of their time.

  • New figures reveal that 10,726 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in England in 2018/19, an increase of 32% on the previous year.

  • Figures reveal that 10,726 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in London in 2018/19, an increase of 7% on the previous year.

  • Rough sleeping in England has now increased by 250% since 2010

  • 24% of rough sleepers have been on the streets for 2 years or more.

  • 173,945 breakfasts served during this year, an average of 474 a day.

  • 7,925 different people used our services during this year.

  • 1,924 people used our advice services during the past year. 439 were women.

  • 24% of people using our services are under 26 years of age.

  • 6 people use the Whitechapel Mission's address to receive their post.

  • 32 people were helped to find employment

  • 17 were referred to drug or alcohol programmes.

  • 193 people received help in claiming benefits.

  • 32% of people using our services have been in care at some point.

  • 15% of people supported by the Whitechapel Mission have been in the armed services.

  • 48 people found permanent accomodation, either a flat or apartment. 426 people found a hostel during this year.

  • 19 birth certificates purchased during this year.

  • 98 people came to us without any form of ID at all.

  • 17,387 showers during this year.

  • 38% of people using our services have been in prison.


Hiding ScaleEnglish councils accused of hiding scale of homelessness crisis

Critics point out change of compiling method led to decrease in total count of rough sleepers

The Guardian - 25-02-2019

A Story You Made Possible


Nick was a drug addict, frequently in trouble with the law, with no money and nowhere to live. A regular visitor to the Whitechapel Mission, coming to us for somewhere warm and safe to relax, he decided he wanted to get his life back on track. With our help and support, he was able to leave the streets of Whitechapel and join a rehab programme. Now Nick is clean of drugs and alcohol, we're working with him to secure him a place to live.

A Story You Made Possible


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.