Here at Urban Partners, we’re committed to making our neighbourhood a better place to live, work and do business. We are in regular contact with a range of charities from the local area so we can better understand how our local businesses and employees can help them achieve their objectives.

In addition to providing details of LOCAL AREA CHARITIES we also highlight those who have specific VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES to be filled throughout the year.

Each month, we spotlight a specific charity, in order to better educate local employees about the work they do. This month we visited the team at SHP (Single Homeless Project). Talking to Tara Carty, Corporate Partnerships Co-ordinator, we heard first-hand about the work they do and how businesses can help.

Name of Charity: SHP

Address: 245 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8QY



“Single Homeless Project (SHP), a London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives.”


Each day across 22 London boroughs, SHP staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. They do this by providing support and accommodation, promoting wellbeing, enhancing opportunity, and being a voice for change. From supporting people in crisis to helping people take the final steps towards independence and employment, SHP make a difference to 8,000 lives every year.


With homelessness at its highest level for a decade and cuts to public services affecting the most vulnerable, SHP’s work is more needed than ever.

With 40 years of expertise and a London-wide reach, they make a difference to 8,000 lives every year. Often that means being there for people at a critical time – whether to prevent their eviction or help them off the street; to get them into drug or alcohol treatment or support them with their mental health; or to help them find a job and a flat so that they can take the final steps to living on their own. Perhaps most important of all, SHP’s work restores hope to people who might otherwise feel forgotten, left behind or written off, providing crucial footholds in their recovery journey from which they can go on to build independent and fulfilling lives.

Success Stories
Last Year, SHP:

  • Gave 966 people a safe place to live and intensive 1-1 support in their hostels
  • Helped 177 people recovering from substance misuse to find a job
  • Supported 100 people to build their confidence, life skills and work readiness through the Opportunities Programme
  • Found 178 homes in the private rented sector for people leaving prison, to help them break the cycle of repeat offending.

Case Study: Fred
Fred was street homeless for three years. To keep warm in winter, he took refuge in the bin disposal rooms of East End tower blocks. “I spent last Christmas sleeping next to the bins in a waste disposal room. I knew I’d be safe in there because my late Dad was a caretaker and I used to go to work with him when I was a boy.” When SHP first met Fred he was living on the streets in Newham. Over the next 18 months, their support workers helped him through a detox programme and a major operation, supported him to open a bank account and finally helped get him off the streets and into a home of his own. Now, Fred is starting the new year in his own one-bedroom flat in a supported housing complex.

SHP want to make 2018 a turning point for even more people. But they urgently need support. Help make 2018 a year of hope for homeless and vulnerable people. Donate now to their Year of Hope campaign – whatever you give will make a difference.

Become a Corporate Partner
Does your business share the SHP vision of a city in which everyone has a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?

With homelessness in London on the rise and cuts to public services affecting the most vulnerable, SHP urgently need to scale up their work and pilot new approaches to reach more people – but we can’t do it without the support of companies and local businesses.

By partnering with SHP, your company can join forces with a long-established London charity that’s making a real difference to the lives of people right on your doorstep. They work with businesses across London to forge inspiring, mutually beneficial partnerships that do much more than just raise money.

From making SHP your charity of the year to enrolling staff in team challenges or signing up for one of our fundraising events, the diversity of their work means there is something for everyone.

Corporate Team Volunteering:
SHP can organise a day in a hostel for your team to paint or do some gardening to improve the clients’ communal areas. They make it as fun as possible for your staff and encourage team building skills. All they ask is a donation to cover the cost of all the materials needed and a lunch that clients can attend. This builds a positive relationship and a real understanding of our clients and the work we do.