What is the split between private donations and Government support?
The split is currently 40% Government funding: 60% independent funding (i.e. donations). By 2016 we want to be 100% independently financed.
How many beds do you have?
We currently have 15 permanent beds at the Crypt itself; we also have 12 emergency beds as part of the Hub; 11 beds at Regent Terrace and 16 beds at Faith Lodge. At the Crypt we also provide extra beds during the winter months to ensure that no one is left sleeping outside.
Is support available when someone moves on?
Yes, when someone moves into their own home if they feel that they need that extra support to settle in and find their feet. If they require more intensive follow on support we would introduce them to partners who provide support for their specific needs.
What is the cause of homelessness?
There are as many causes of homelessness as there are people who come through our doors. From our experience a large majority of people who we care for do have issues around addiction and/or mental health concerns. We are seeing an increasing number of people needing our help who within a very short timescale have lost jobs, family, homes and self-esteem. It can be a quick downward spiral from having ‘everything’ to having ‘nothing’.
What is the average age range of the clients?
The average age of the clients range from 24-35.
How long can someone stay with you?
People can stay with us as they as they need our support; be that support to gain accommodation; help with their addictions or rebuilding their lives after addiction.
Do you provide meals for your clients?
Yes. All residents across our three centres have access to three meals per day, breakfast, lunch and an evening meal. As well as these meals we operate a café at Great George Street that is open Monday – Friday between 11:00am and 1:30pm that regularly sees an average of 80-100 per day. This roughly works out to approximately 30,000 meals per year.
How much a year does it cost to run the Crypt?
For 2011/12 period it cost £1.4 million to give support and help to those who most needed it.
How many staff and volunteers do you have?
We have 44 members of staff at the Crypt and 80 volunteers. 25% of the staff are former clients.
What help do you need?
We always need help in terms of volunteers, food, financial, training, Pro bono work and educational services. For full details please visit our Ways To Help page, thanks.
Do you offer spiritual support?
We offer all our visitors a chance to take part in a friendly chapel service on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Residents also have the opportunity to attend the staff morning prayers. We are also happy that Rev. Steve Dye, Chaplain to the Homeless for the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, is an integral part of the lives of the Crypt and its’ clients.
How many women use the services and why is the number so much lower than men?
10% of our clients who use the Crypt’s services are women. One of the main reasons that we see fewer female clients is due to the fact that women, generally, have a wider and stronger personal support network. When they find themselves in difficulties they usually receive more help from family and friends as opposed to their male counterparts.
Who is Create Foundation? Are they part of the Crypt?
The Create Foundation is a Community Incorporated Company working with disadvantaged people with a prime objective of helping them toward full-time employment.
St George’s Crypt also operates a Community Incorporated Company called Nurture. Nurture Horticulture sees clients and ex-clients working on a voluntary and paid basis to grow vegetables and plants for sale and also for use in our kitchens as well as providing gardening services for the people of Leeds. Nurture Food is a catering venture that regularly prepares buffets and meals for various businesses and occasions.
The Create Foundation grew out of ideas and conversations that took part at St George’s Crypt but the Foundation is now wholly independent.
Who do you help?
We help anyone over the age of 18, regardless of their personal circumstances.