Whitechapel Mission

The Whitechapel Mission has its own excellent website maintained by the Director, Tony Miller. 
Deacon Terry Street has Pastoral Care of the Mission for the Methodist Church (Tower Hamlets)

See the current work - video          See list of current needs - here 


Recent service at the Mission:


315,425 meals served in 2020

Covid has increased the numbers coming in for breakfast daily - served in bio-degradable trays, alongside meals to take away for later, and enjoying use of toilets, hot showers and the possibility of a change of clothes. The Mission continues its work, without outside volunteers, but with the generous support of the staff.  Volunteering should be able to start again mid-May.


Meet Chan, the deputy director. Chan joined the Mission at a challenging time for both staff and clients.

Edited Updates March-July 2020

We are doing everything we can to make sure guests, volunteers and staff are safe.  Our Office Support team is on hand in case you have any questions, and can be reached on  03000 111 400

TerryWe are suspending all volunteering and outside service provision. Our current evaluation of risk is that people should not be travelling to the Mission unless absolutely essential. Food is the highest priority for those sleeping on our streets. We are issuing packed lunches as well as our usual breakfasts.  There's a new regime, but we keep going! Warm clothing, medical attention and support must be sustained as long as possible. 

The Mission remains Open and Serving

Night shelter is not the norm but is offered when the temperature drops around freezing

Running costs per day are about £2,000
The Mission receives no state aid

The Mission day care centre is open 365 days a year and usually serves an average of 297 breakfasts per day. 
Currently we are serving more than 350 breakfasts (sometimes over 600!) and, additionally, providing packed lunches

In 2019
23,800 people used our showers   
2,457 used our advice services. 566 were women. 
15% of people supported by the Whitechapel Mission have been in the armed services.
24%  are under 26 years of age
32%  have been in care at some point
38%  have been in prison

Spring 2019  Whitechapel Mission in rail initiative to tackle begging
The Mission is working with the London Overground rail network to discourage passengers from giving to people begging on the network’s walk-through trains, but instead to make a donation to the work of the mission. Posters on the stations and notices in the carriages say: “To help someone you see begging on London Overground, donate to the Whitechapel Mission. Any donations will be used carefully and your generosity will be welcomed”. The Whitechapel Mission - part of the Tower Hamlets circuit - is just minutes from Whitechapel station which serves the Overground, District and Metropolitan tube lines (and Crossrail at a future date). The mission currently provides breakfast for around 250 homeless men and women a day, together with essential advice services. Mission director Tony Miller said they had entered into discussions with London Overground because of the amount of complaints the train network had received about the high level of begging. So far, donations to the Mission have raised up to £17,000.


Whitechapel Mission Champions -
Champion the cause 
Each of our churches now has a ‘Whitechapel champion’ who will act as advocate for the Whitechapel Mission in their congregations. 
This is an essential task for publicising the work of the Mission

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