Get Computing

Aim of the Get Computing

To support, encourage and assist homeless and social exclusion people, regardless of background, to improve their lives, by equipping them with skills sustain tenancies, employment and integration into the wider community.

  • Devise and deliver a programme of basic computer skills over the year, based on identified individual needs.
  • To provide resources and advice on accessing training and education, with a goal to enhance employment opportunities.
Equal Opportunities

Whitechapel values diversity and as such recognises that Community Members (Community Members are defined as any person who benefits from any services of The Whitechapel Mission as a participant in any of our programmes) come from a diverse range of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The staff will ensure that the Community Member's needs and wants are responded to in a pro active way whilst ensuring equal access to services and support that reflects their diverse needs.

Support provided by the Lifeskills Unit

The Lifeskills unit will offer a full range of services at their disposal i.e. within the Whitechapel Mission, their locality and the local authority and other support agencies as appropriate. Areas of support offered to tenants are:

  • Enabling them to develop their ability to live independently and sustain their tenancy
  • Develop and maintain Community Members's involvement initiatives within the Mission and the local community
  • Budgeting skills
  • Leisure and social activities
  • Daily practical living
  • Practical and emotional support
  • Meaningful occupation in managing and sustaining a tenancy
  • Assist the Community Members in developing and maintaining family and social networks

Respond to needs as they arise, to deliver a pro active service.

Our thanks to Lloyd's of London who funded the computer classes and allowed us to purchase the best of computers. And to staff from Barclays Capital and Barclays Wealth who run the classes.

Our Impact in 2019

  • Over 5,200 volunteers, offering over 36.400 hours of their time.

  • New figures reveal that 16,134 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 8,096 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.

  • 108,398 breakfasts served during this year, an average of 297 a day.

  • 5,698 different people used our services during this year.

  • 2,457 people used our advice services during the past year. 566 were women.

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

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

  • 47 people were helped to find employment

  • 58 were referred to drug or alcohol programmes.

  • 298 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.

  • 63 people found permanent accomodation, either a flat or apartment. 312 people found a hostel during this year.

  • 29 birth certificates purchased during this year.

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

  • 23,800 showers during this year.

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

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challengeEnglish 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

Thank You

Thank you card

We would like to offer a very special thank you to the 267 people who support the Whitechapel Mission through a Standing Order from their bank or through their credit card.

Regular Giving is very important to sustaining the work of the Mission and we could do with a few more people donating by Standing Order.
Could you afford £3 a month?

And a further thank you to the 2,945 people who have gift-aided their donations to the Whitechapel Mission this year.

Gift-aid added a further £33,258 to donations this year.

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Computing Classes 1
Computing Classes 2
Computing Classes 3
Computing Classes 4

Staff from Barclays Capital and Barclays Wealth IT department, delivering computer training

All citizens require life skills to successfully function in the world today. Because life skills are not hereditary, they must be taught.