If you’ve ever taken a walk down Philbeach Gardens in Earl’s Court you would have noticed one of London’s largest 19th century churches – St. Cuthbert’s – and the adjoining Philbeach Hall, where the St. Cuthbert’s Centre has made its base since 1990.
The St Cuthbert’s Centre aims to reduce social isolation in the Earl’s Court area for older people, those that live alone, those who are homeless and people experiencing mental illness.
The Centre has an open door, drop-in policy for everyone in the area where people can receive practical help in an informal, safe setting such as inexpensive meals, laundry, showers, access to computers and advice and information. Drop-ins are Monday to Friday from 10:30am-3:30pm.
The Centre is also hosting a free Christmas Day Dinner for homeless people and those who are alone at Christmas. If you or anyone you know would be interested in attending, the doors open at 12:30pm and lunch is served at 1pm.
As well as practical support, the Centre runs a packed schedule of activities during the week, from reading groups to arts and crafts sessions. Their full schedule is available to download [pdf].
Want to lend a hand?
St Cuthbert’s are always looking for volunteers to help on a regular or occasional basis. A range of opportunities are available, including day volunteering (organising laundry, greeting and socialising), assisting in the kitchen or running and supporting activities. More information can be found on their Volunteer Factsheet [pdf].
As well as lending your time, St Cuthbert’s also welcome donations of clothes, toiletries, bedding, household goods and food, as well as transport.
Philbeach Hall is available to hire from the Centre and has a capacity of 300 (250 seated) with stage area and full kitchen.
For more information on any of the activities or services provided by St Cuthbert’s or to find out how you can get involved visit www.stcuthbertscentre.org.uk or telephone 020 7835 1389.