Serving the Homeless Community

365 Days a Year • Crawley West Sussex

Tuesday • Thursday • Saturday • Sunday
7:00pm to 8:30pm • Full Service
Opposite Paddy Power • The Broadway
Hot Food • Hot & Cold Drinks • Free Shop • Take Away Cold Meals • Clothes • Toiletries

Monday • Wednesday • Friday
7:00pm to 8:00pm • Cold Meal Service
Opposite Paddy Power • The Broadway
Cold Meals • Cold Drinks

23,000+

Meals Per Year

31,000+

Drinks Per Year

10,000+

Groceries Per Year

About Us

We are a small local charity that serves the homeless community in Crawley, West Sussex and we are entirely run by volunteers. Our primary focus is rough sleepers/street homeless, closely followed by hidden homeless and those in temporary accommodation. We serve our guests with a free meal and give them some of the essential items they need to get by. We also recommend other organisations that can help with their specific challenges. Another incredibly important aspect is taking the time to talk to them and reducing the social isolation they endure. We give them respect and compassion, friendship and hope, no matter what their circumstances may be or what problems they may have, they are always welcomed at Giving Back Crawley.
We are a registered charity, number 1178136 and our official charitable objects are;
For the public benefit, to relieve the effects of poverty in the Crawley area, in particular, but not exclusively amongst those who are homeless by supplying them with food, goods and services.

What We Do

Food & Drink

We serve all of our guests a free meal and drinks. For those that are sleeping rough, we give them another meal to take away. We also have a free shop with various grocery items for any of our guests to take.

Clothing

We take donated clothing and distribute to our guests. Most don’t have the luxury of wardrobes or washing machines, so we enable them to get a fresh set of clothing.

Bedding

We provide sleeping bags and camping mats to our rough sleepers. Sleeping rough is already pretty horrible but without any bedding it’s unbearable.

Wellbeing

We give our guests wellbeing items including baby wipes, deodorant, hand sanitiser, lip balm, mouthwash (alcohol-free), plasters, sanitary products, tissues and toilet roll. We also have paramedics attending regularly for health checks.

Information

We can’t provide all of the specialist support that our guests need. We discuss their challenges with them, suggest organisations that can help and encourage them to engage with them.

Care

Above all, we care. We take the time to talk to our guests, help where we can and do everything possible to bring a little joy to everyone who visits us.

Help Us

That sleeping bag you no longer use or little things like baby wipes, chapsticks or mouthwash can make daily life a little more bearable for someone sleeping on the streets. Money donations help us fund all of our services or maybe you have some spare time and some skills that could benefit us? Perhaps you could consider fundraising for us or even volunteering?

Donate Goods We Need

Apples
Coffee
Crisps
Hot Chocolate
Longlife Milk

Best Buys We've Found

Apples• Aldi • £0.69 (6)
Coffee • Aldi Classic Rich Roast • £1.39 (200g)
Crisps • Aldi Snackrite • £2.49 (30 packs)
Hot Chocolate • Asda Smartprice • £0.70 (400g)
Longlife Milk • Aldi • £0.55 (Litre)
Sugar • Asda • £3.14 (5kg)
Water • Aldi • £1.49 (12 x 500ml)

 

Please let us know if you find anywhere cheaper!

We Don’t Need Right Now
Tea
Sugar
Baby Wipes
Chapsticks
Deodorants (Roll On)
Mouthwash (Alcohol Free)
Sleeping Bags (Good Condition, Second Hand)
Toilet Rolls
Clothing

We Cannot Use
Any Clothing Not Listed
Duvets
Duvet Covers
Pillows
Tents

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Financial

2018/19 Full Year Income

  • Money £27,585
  • Gift Aid £2,066
  • Goods Sold £50
  • Equipment £1,328
  • Services £284
  • Catering £7,903
  • Bedding £589
  • Volunteer Time £51,480

2018/19 Full Year Expenditure

  • Support Costs £505
  • Memberships £87
  • Bank Charges £20
  • Equipment £1,389
  • Computer Software £151
  • Building £1,700
  • Catering £8,107
  • Bedding £559
  • Volunteer Time £51,480

£91,285

Total Income (Cash & Goods)

£63,998

Total Expenditure (Cash & Goods)

£27,287

Total Balance (Cash & Goods)

Notes:
Our financial year runs from 1st May to 30th April each year.
Income and expenditure figures include both money and goods values.
All figures are rounded to the nearest pound.
Bedding = Sleeping bags & camping mats etc.
Catering = Food, drink, plates, plastic cutlery, take away boxes, cups etc.
Support Costs = Insurance & DBS Checks.
Memberships = Homeless Link.
Building = Hire of buildings.

We also receive regular donations of short-dated food produce, clothing, toiletries and various other items. It is not possible to reliably value these items so they are not included in the above figures.

Financial Facts:
100% of donations will go on charitable activities.
We do not spend any money on fundraising.
We do not spend any money on advertising.
None of our trustees or volunteers is paid in any way.
None of our trustees or volunteers can claim any expenses.
We do not receive any government funding.
We do not receive any grants.
Volunteer clothing is paid for by the volunteers.
Volunteer drinks do not come from donations.

We are fanatical about financial transparency so please don’t hesitate to ask if there is anything you would like to know.

The Team

Sean Towers
Sean Towers • Trustee • Honorary Chairman

We operate at the sharp end of the poverty problem, often dealing with people who have nothing more than the clothes they’re wearing. I’m a hands-on volunteer, so I get to see for myself just how much difference we make to some much less fortunate people. The things most of us take for granted are beyond the dreams of many of the people we serve. We constantly review every aspect of our service so that we can continuously improve and evolve.

Joe Dines
Joe Dines • Trustee • Honorary Vice-Chair

Being a part of Giving Back Crawley is an absolute honour. The charity strives to support homeless members of our community who are vulnerable and in need. Every member of the GBC team gives not only their time but their love and compassion to the charity and its guests. Together we are an eclectic, joyful and often chaotic family and they have taught me so much about life and the sort of person that I want to be.

Kamal Vasdev
Kamal Vasdev • Trustee • Honorary Secretary

Volunteering has opened my eyes to the different types of homelessness that exist and the day to day problems experienced by those who fall within those types of homelessness. It’s a harsh reminder of how we can often take what we have in life for granted. Having witnessed what a difference we’ve been able to make to the lives of so many, I’m delighted to now have the opportunity, to work with the other Trustees to contribute towards and help shape the future development of GBC.

Tuesday
Full Service
Volunteer Team
Alison C
Chris F
Craig M
Laura M
Linda D
Ray S
Sue F
Tammy L
Tracey B
Vicky J
Thursday
Full Service
Volunteer Team
Angela S
Crinnan G
Emma H-S
Jaine L
Jane C
John M
Kate M
Maddie S-G
Mervyn T
Sam R
Saturday
Full Service
Volunteer Team
Avis W-P
Danielle W
Irum C
Jacqui W
Michelle D
Rida S
Sajid K
Vivien M
VACANCY
VACANCY
Sunday
Full Service
Volunteer Team
Anthony J
Chris N
Daniel W
Donald M
Jaimine S
Laura K
Lyndsay J
Natalie M
Sebastian G
Valerie N
Monday
Cold Meal Service
Volunteer Team
Amy G
Craig M
Karl B
Wednesday
Cold Meal Service
Volunteer Team
Anjoom M
Fay L
Tony H
Friday
Cold Meal Service
Volunteer Team
Donald M
Mervyn T
Natalie M

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Tuesday • Thursday • Saturday • Sunday
7pm to 8:30pm • Full Service

Opposite Paddy Power • The Broadway

Bedding • Clothing • Hot Food • Hot & Cold Drinks • Groceries • Sandwiches • Savoury Bakes • Sweet Treats • Wellbeing Items

Monday • Wednesday • Friday
7pm to 8pm • Cold Food Service

Opposite Paddy Power • The Broadway

Sandwiches • Savoury Bakes • Sweet Treats • Cold Drinks

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Sean Towers
Trustee • Honorary Chairman
07533 994475

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Joe Dines
Trustee • Honorary Vice-Chair
07814 171796

Kamal-Vasdev-Small

Kamal Vasdev
Trustee • Honorary Secretary
07983 607791

Registered Office Address:
Flat 39 Tomlin Court
Commonwealth Drive
Crawley
West Sussex
RH10 1AH

Registered Charity Number 1178136

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