World Homeless Day street collection 2018



Thank you to all our lovely volunteers for their stalwart efforts at our World Homeless Day street collection on Friday 12th October. You soldiered on through rain, wind, soggy cardboard and wet feet and helped us make £1,398!  Bravo, your support is really appreciated.

The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness.

We actively look to work with community groups and individuals who want to raise money for us.

Get in touch with our fundraising team if you want to have a chat about any ideas you might have for raising funds – admin@stgeorgescrypt.org.uk we’re always happy to hear from our supporters. https://bit.ly/2IaNzwO



On Friday 14 September distinguished members from the Leeds community gathered to witness St George’s Crypt laying the foundation stone of its Regent Lodge construction project. This was the official start of a new era for The Crypt and the build scheme is due for completion in Summer 2019.

Regent Terrace has in the past 40 years supported people with alcohol dependency issues. The new Regent Lodge project is fundamentally different from the old site in that instead of single rooms, it will consist of 15 self-contained flats fully supported to help clients get their lives back together, move on and take an active role in their futures.

In his speech, The Rt Hon Hilary Ben MP who laid the foundation stone said:

“The Crypt is known right across the city for the support it has given to those on whom luck and life have not always looked kindly upon since the 1930s when Revd. Don Robins came and turned the Crypt from where the dead lay into a space for the living”.

 He added: “In the years ahead people will come here; they will move on in their lives and they will owe a great deal of gratitude to all of you here today who have made this project possible.”

Regent Lodge is part of St George’s Crypt’s ‘From Bench To Independence’ pathway. Service users will be supported to move on from alcohol dependency while training and engagement will help them gain valuable life skills and build self-esteem.

The aim is to meet the needs of everyone in a safe, non-judgmental and caring environment, a place in which people can choose to change.

The project has been identified by LEEDS LIST as one of 10 game-changing developments under construction in Leeds right now.

In her welcome speech Tracey Greig – Crypt Trustee, emphasised the holistic support offered when stating that:

“Often people say St George’s Crypt is a soup kitchen or a bed for the night, but I think, in this new project, we provide more than just a bed. We provide sustainability and hope”.

The innovative project is very much partnership driven, commissioned by Leeds City Council who have leveraged £1.5 million of public funds as Right to Buy Replacement and an additional £2 million as a low-cost loan to support the scheme. Alongside this local corporate and individual connections are donating private capital. This is augmented by the generosity of a number of trusts and foundations that are also backing the schemes.



Today saw the official opening of our newest Preloved shop at 57 Street lane Leeds.

The Shop was officially opened by Fabian Hamilton, MP for Leeds North East, a great supporter of St Georges Crypt.

Speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony Mr Hamilton said:

“You will always have my strong support and the support of my department and colleagues and all political parties for the brilliant work you do, and I’d like to thank  from the bottom of my heart all the volunteers who work so hard for such a brilliant cause to make sure the most vulnerable in our society get a decent chance to live their lives”

Our Roundhay shop is run by a dedicated team of volunteers from all walks of life – some are lifelong St George’s Crypt supporters, others have joined as a result of coming into contact with St George’s Crypt and want to further their skills or they just want to make a positive contribution to their local community. Without this team of volunteers the shop wouldn’t be what it is today.

If you have an item of furniture you would like to donate please get in touch as we offer a free collection service, while we don’t have the space in Roundhay to store furniture we can arrange for collection from your home and transport it to one of our furniture shops.
For further information on donations click : https://stgeorgescrypt.org.uk/?page_id=2301

Yorkshire Day at Lotherton Hall

Our art group had a brilliant time at the Yorkshire Day Parade at Lotherton Hall – they showed off the banner they had created. Working with East Street Arts on their latest project has been very rewarding. Words relating to how they viewed the Crypt and homelessness helped create a poignant image of recovery.

They joined in with the rest of the parade, we had a presence in the festival with a stall and NG provided a couple of volunteers who participated in the cake baking competition.

This isn’t only about a good day out; our guys are some of the most vulnerable and marginalised in Leeds and through participation, engagement and creation of the artwork we can support them to reduce their isolation, build self confidence and re-engage with the community.

Remembering Regent Terrace

The former site of our addiction recovery house. In the early days of Regent Terrace, it was known as Faith Lodge. It was a general needs facility, housing people from all walks of life who had fallen on hard times. As such, it provided an essential ‘complementary’ service to the Crypt’s on-going work, and afforded the charity some much-needed extra space.Regent House

In the 1980’s, the building became a ‘wet’ facility, providing an environment where people could continue drinking alcohol as the first stage of their recovery. This service remains in place today, with our temporary facility (located elsewhere in Leeds) helping residents to gradually reduce their drinking from stronger spirits to lower-percentage beverages.

Some people have stayed at Regent Terrace for long periods of time. One individual lived at the house for 15 years, after having been made redundant from his job at the Prince of Wales Colliery. Escalating circumstances led to a problem with alcohol dependency, and the gentleman arrived at Regent Terrace in an effort to recover from his addiction. He went on to live a life free from alcohol.

As for the old Regent Terrace building, the demolition process has already begun, but parts of the previous structure will remain. Its gate posts are listed, and the portico entrance (pictured above) has been taken away and preserved. It is hoped that it will be incorporated into the grounds of the new building when it opens, which will hopefully be at some point in 2019.

Josh Warrington Supports the Crypt

Good luck to Leeds boxer Josh Warrington! Josh is fighting rival Lee Selby for the featherweight title tonight at Elland Road. He’s been a keen supporter of the Crypt for many years, and was even kind enough to sign a pair of gloves during one of his visits.

New Preloved Shop Opening

Roundhey Preloved Shop

We are excited to say that we are on the cusp of securing a lease on a new shop in Roundhay. Offering opportunities for client volunteers to develop retail skills, volunteer and pick up useful work experience and possibly lead to an employment role this ‘social enterprise’ will stock the latest fashions, books, videos and aim to become a vibrant hub for the local community.

Following on from our successful ventures on the Armley and Pudsey highstreets, this new shop will augment our retail presence in the city and act as a springboard to greater things. If you want to volunteer, or have items to donate, please get in touch.

Dentist Service at St George’s Crypt

We’re excited to announce that the mobile dentist unit run by Dentaid will be returning to St George’s Crypt, thanks to a grant from the Swire Charitable Trust. This follows up a double session that was offered over Christmas that saw 17 clients over the course of two evenings, all of whom had severe dental needs and hadn’t gone to the dentist for years.

dentaid for st georges crypt

The reasons why our clients don’t attend health and wellbeing are many and varied but the main one is fear; fear of not belonging, fear of being stared at, called names, whispered about, isolated. We offer a sanctuary of trust, our guys feel safe and we have good professional relationships that mean that when we offer them a positive service they more often than not take it up. There are no appointments, they can have a cup of tea, they can have a chat about what the procedure will entail; a full service!

The sessions will be available for clients on the 11th and 12th June.

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