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, Shaftesbury 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.
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.
If you would like to get involved, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org 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.