Clapton Community Drop In

Clapton Community Drop In is a grass roots project that offers real and immediate help to people in our community who are struggling to understand the systems that they need navigate to maintain or regain a safe and secure life.

It runs on Sundays alongside the Urban Table soup kitchen and on Wednesdays in our main hall and offers a friendly and non-judgemental service where every person who drops in will be listened to and offered help and signposting to give them the support they need.

The support offered is varied and responds to the individual needs of each person and is often related to huge rent increases, benefit caps and the housing crisis. Examples of the type of support regularly offered includes:
Explaining the content of formal letters from government agencies
Enabling access to food banks
Signposting people to night shelters
GP registration
Support in processing benefits claims so that they are not pushed into homelessness
Helping people to access IT to be able to apply for jobs
Working with other projects to give people clothes that can be used for interviews.
We are able to offer this service through the dedicated work of our Project Coordinator Alison and a collection of amazing volunteers. We have supported over 250 people in the last two years and the number of people seeking help is increasing (as are the national statistics on homelessness).
If you would like to volunteer we are looking for people who can commit to at least one session per month. You would receive training and support and in turn you will be able to offer support to those who use the service, particularly in relation to housing, benefits, Job Centre Plus, developing CVs and job search help, as well as health and family related issues.

For more information about the project and how to volunteer, please email

We’re very grateful to our funders Hackney Council, Hackney Parochial Charities, The Kingsley Trust, and the John Laing Trust as well as our individual donors and supporters. If you would like to become an individual donor and could offer financial support to enable us to continue this work please contact