Duke of Cambridge to Visit Spitalfields Crypt Trust

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THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE TO VISIT THE SPITALFIELDS CRYPT TRUST

Shoreditch, London

Tuesday 19th September, 2017

On 19th September The Duke of Cambridge will visit the Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT), a charity and social enterprise based in Shoreditch which provides a holistic recovery service to those dealing with complex drug and alcohol addictions, and often homelessness.

Founded in 1965, SCT started as one of the first residential rehabilitation centres in the UK for homeless men suffering from alcoholism. After more than 50 years of helping people through homelessness and addiction, SCT has expanded to provide a range of tailored services to support men and women with their addiction recovery journeys. The charity’s services address an individual’s mental and physical health, their employment and housing needs, personal relationships, and career aspirations.

SCT operates a homeless drop-in centre in the heart of Shoreditch, providing hot food and drinks, alongside advice about shelters and other agencies that can offer long term help. It also provides 16 hostel rooms for those in recovery – many of whom are homeless before they arrive. Residents are able to stay in these rooms for a year or more before moving onto one of the charity’s three independent homes around London. SCT’s other services include a personal development and training centre, open to men and women, where students can attend courses in basic life skills, or begin a vocational hobby such as gardening and artwork.

The charity also runs two social enterprises: Paper & Cup, a coffee-bookshop, and Restoration Station, a vintage furniture shop and refurbishment service. Both provide a supportive training ground for those in the later stages of recovery and rehabilitation to start work again.

The Duke will begin his visit at Paper & Cup, where he will hear more about SCT’s work supporting those recovering from addiction and homelessness. His Royal Highness will then visit the SCT drop-in centre to chat to some of the charity’s service users and volunteers, before meeting a number of SCT therapists at the personal development and training hub. The visit will end at the Restoration Station, where The Duke will see some of the impressive woodwork projects being undertaken by SCT service users.

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