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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Kitchen Volunteering

It maybe that you cannot get a team of 1 or that you cannot get your team here for 5:45am. Neither of these reasons will exclude you from volunteering at Whitechapel or prevent you helping us serve breakfast.

It is not unusual for volunteers wanting to donate a couple of hours in the morning before going to work. Many volunteers will arrive in time to finish the cooking of breakfast and maybe serve breakfast for the first hour, before they need to leave to get to work just up the road.

So gaps in our volunteering diary can be filled with individuals or smaller teams that may not be able to be with us for the whole morning and can support the staff team in some way. These dates are highlighted in the diary in yellow and will usually only be 2 or 3 people joining a kichen challenge group.

Priority over our diary will always go to our "5000club partners" first, teams of volunteers second, and gaps filled by indiviuals last.

At 6am, the first task of the day will be to prepare breakfast. This requires the preparation and cooking of bacon, sausages, beans, tomatoes, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns, buttering of bread and making of toast. We will make and serve over 400 cups of tea, and 600 cups of coffee.

At 8am, some of the team will begin to serve breakfast, while others continue to cook more breakfasts and others will collect plates, wipe tables and wash up. There will be a rush at 8am for breakfast, which will last for about 20-30 minutes and then continue for approximately the next hour and a half at a steady rate.

During all of the morning, we will be giving out towels, soap, razors, shampoo and toothbrushes.

At 10am our kitchens close for the day and we can begin to clean the kitchen down and prepare it for the next day.

By 11am the centre will close and we will begin the big clean-up. The Dinning area will need to be swept and mopped. The toilets will need to be cleaned and hosed. The shower area will need to be cleaned and prepared for the following morning.

By 11:30 we should be able finished for the day.

If you are interested in volunteering with The Whitechapel Mission, please contact our office on 03000 111 400 or view our volunteering diary.