The Swiss Church is located in an interesting part of central London. Endell Street is quiet spot in between the vast business and busyness of Covent Garden, Shaftsbury Avenue, and Holborn. We are also on the border of Camden and Westminster, two boroughs that between them account for one third of London’s street homeless. Our aim is to provide a welcoming space for everyone.
Our community programme reaches out to local people and the homeless as well as Swiss people living in London.
Working with partner organisations and charities
We are becoming an increasingly relevant part of the community by working with local people, charities and organisations. We work with local community centre Dragon Hall Community Trust and Camden Community Connectors. Find out more about things to do in WC2 in the Community Newsletter.
The vicarage hosts homeless refugees and asylum seekers as a part of the Housing Justice hosting scheme.
In August 2014 I was walking past the Swiss Church. The door was open and I was made welcome by the Matt, the community worker. I explained to him that I was homeless. Matt invited me to Breakfast on the Steps and Holy Soup. People at the Swiss Church are non-judgemental which means a lot to me. I became friends with the staff which changed my previous conception of church. The community have shown me faith and trust to follow my sense of calling. I now run ‘Breakfast on the Steps’ with others. I take pleasure in making a difference in people’s life. It gives my life a purpose.
— Andy Palfreyman, 50
Breakfast on the Steps
Tuesdays between 8am and 10am. Join us for a hot drink, toast, boiled eggs, fruit and yogurts, to read the newspapers or to get to know new people. Breakfast on the Steps is prepared by Charlotte Robinson and her team from Farrell Associates, with the help of Renate Rothwell and Robert Kaufeler who comes in to cook hot breakfast once a month.
As well as receiving nourishment, the Swiss Church is a place of calm and serenity that is in stark contrast to many homeless outreach day-centres.
Community Worker Josh Kelly is happy to help or signpost you to further support services if you require any further assistance.
If you would like to get involved, contact Josh Kelly for more information.
Volunteers Charlotte Robinson and Toby Swann from Farrell Associates, and Renate Rothwell
Haircuts for the Homeless
Every 6-8 weeks, Jake Fox, stylist at Ena Hair Salon (and also responsible for the vicar’s haircut) comes in on a Tuesday morning during Breakfast on the Steps to give homeless people a free haircut.
Due to the departure of volunteer Xanthe we are sad to announce that Holy Soup is unfortunately not taking place anymore on Fridays. We are very grateful to Xanthe for cooking so many delicious soups over the years! We wish Xanthe all the best for her studies.
I first heard about the Swiss Church via an advert to volunteer as a chef for Holy Soup. It seemed like a good thing to do as I enjoy both cooking and talking to people. I really enjoy being creative and trying out new recipes. The Swiss Church is a beautiful building and I especially love the kitchen where I have spent a lot of time. Volunteering at Holy Soup is a great opportunity to give back to the community and I get a lot out of it too. I like the atmosphere at the Swiss Church, everyone is really nice.
— Xanthe, Volunteer