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SPEAR was founded in 1987, so has been offering services to those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness for 30 years.

Whilst our work started in Richmond, over the last year, SPEAR’s work has expanded further into other South West London boroughs.

SPEAR’s support includes rough sleeper outreach, tenancy support, homeless healthlink and education, employment and training.  SPEAR offers a range of those services across five different boroughs, Richmond, Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth and Kingston, supporting people from homelessness to independence.

For a number of years in Merton, we have had a hostel for young people for ages 16 to 25.  This 14 bed hostel has supported many young people on to a road of recovery, training and employment.

Plus in the last year, SPEAR launched a rough sleeper outreach service funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.  We also have a new service called Fresh Start, a homelessness prevention service that in Merton works with single households – also funded by the Local Authority.

Heidi Shrimpton, Head of Fundraising at SPEAR said, ‘Due to the new services SPEAR now provides for rough sleepers and those experiencing homelessness in Merton, we are delighted to be raising awareness of our work through some local Merton community activities.  So people know who we are, how to report a rough sleeper and how they can get more involved.  We are actively looking for new volunteers in the borough to help us spread the word about our work.”

To report a rough sleeper, please call: 020 8404 1481 or email: (please note this is not an emergency/out of hours service).  Please give as much information as possible about the rough sleeper – location, date & time seen, physical description of person and possessions.  Our outreach team go out in Merton two times a week during the night time.

Or to get more involved with SPEAR’s work; from being a volunteer, helping at events, sharing your professional skills, getting your school, company or group involved etc. please email:

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