The Catholic Worker Farm provides food and accommodation to women and children without recourse to public funds.
We accept referrals from all agencies and organisations. To refer someone to us call us on our land line: 01923 777201 or on Scott’s mobile: 07983477819. If we are not available on the phone, please fill in REFERRAL FORM and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then get back to you if we have a vacancy.
Requests are attended to on a first come first served basis. We may however give priority to forced migrants and people in particularly difficult situations.
We are unable to accept self-referrals. If you are homeless yourself and would like to come here, we recommend that you go to the Red Cross our to your key-worker and ask them to contact us.
To make it easier for us to live together we have important rules that you must agree to:
- We are together responsible to keep the house clean. If you live in the Farm House you will work one day a week. You start at working 9.30am and work until dinner at 6pm. On this day you will have 1 hour Lunch Break. The work will usually include cleaning carefully all the rooms downstairs, but not the bedrooms. When the house is clean you will also help with other things sometimes in the garden and sometimes in the house. You will also be responsible for cooking dinner for everybody who is home. Usually between 5 and 10 people. The dinner should be ready at 6pm.
- If you live in Mary House you will have to clean make dinner for every one once a week and Tuesday is community work day so you must be present
- Wednesdays are community work day so you must be at the house
- To make it possible for us to help you move forward you need to share with us information about your legal status and your case. Therefore we will require the contact details of your keyworkers and solicitors.
- You need to live peacefully with the other people here. If you are violent or if you threaten any of the other people living in the house it is possible that we will ask you to leave without warning.
We also have some kitchen rules and we can make other rules when it is necessary. If you break any of the rules you may get a formal warning. If you receive more warnings you will be banned for one or two weeks. After 4 warnings you will be asked to leave.
What we offer
The Catholic worker Farm is a multicultural Community for any homeless woman and child who cannot work or receive benefits. We have two houses, the Farm House and Mary House. In both houses together there is room for 17 women and children in this situation. In both houses there are live-in volunteers. The accommodation is temporary, sometimes with a time limit, and rooms may be shared. We try to love, respect and help each other and remember that we are all brothers and sisters.
This is what you can expect
- To receive free accommodation, food and toiletries but no money.
- You can sometimes get English classes, Counselling and opportunity to do nice activities.
- We will try to help you with your case and to get a GP
We know a few other places who provide accommodation for people without recourse to public funds. If you know of any other accommodation providers please let us know and we will add them to our list.
- ashiana – Phone number: 020 85390427, Focuses on victims of domestic violence
- Shelter from the storm – Phone number: 020 7697 9569
- Missionaries of Charity – Phone number: 020 8960 2644
- House of Divine Compassion – Phone number: 020 7474 5836
- London Hosting – Email adress: email@example.com
- London Catholic Worker – Accommodation for men
- Just Homes
- Spare Room