Homelessness charity seeks volunteers for CR Zero campaign

A homelessness charity based in Croydon is seeking volunteers to help conduct a one-year-on survey to follow-up on work conducted in 2016 on a campaign called CR Zero 2020, which aims to eliminate rough-sleeping in the borough by the end of this decade.

Local homelessness charities are carrying out a 12-month update on their CR Zero campaign

Based on work in the United States, the End Street Homelessness Campaign has proven that with concerted community action it is possible to end long-term street homelessness. The CR Zero 2020 campaign has been supported by a range of agencies and charities, with endorsement by Croydon Council.

Twelve months ago, trained volunteers visited homeless people sleeping rough on Croydon’s streets and conducted a survey into their circumstances – what they called “connections week”.

Now, it’s time for Connections Week 2.0.

“We believe that no one should be living on the streets in Croydon and it’s time to find new ways to end chronic street homelessness in Croydon for good,” says the housing charity Evolve – formerly the South London YMCA.

“In August 2017 we are running Connections Week 2.0 to survey Croydon’s rough sleepers one year on and compare the data.

“If you would like to get involved, we need volunteers to meet and complete surveys with rough sleepers, visit drop in centres and support with data entry and admin tasks. The information gathered during the engagement week will be fed back to a solutions group, which has been set up to create a workable action plan to end chronic rough sleeping by 2020.”

If you would like to learn more about the campaign, click here.

Evolve was originally formed as the Croydon YMCA in 1861. It became South London YMCA when Croydon YMCA merged with the YMCA of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. We also merged with Earls Court YMCA in 2013. Today, Evolve works with 2,000 people each year, providing a solution to homelessness through shelter, support and advice to more than 600 people each day across four London boroughs.


  • Inside Croydon is Croydon’s only independent news source, still based in the heart of the borough. In April-May 2017, we averaged 32,000 page views every week
  • If you have a news story about life in or around Croydon, a residents’ or business association or a local event to publicise, please email us with full details at inside.croydon@btinternet.com

About insidecroydon

News, views and analysis about the people of Croydon, their lives and political times in the diverse and most-populated borough in London. Based in Croydon and edited by Steven Downes. To contact us, please email inside.croydon@btinternet.com
This entry was posted in Charity, Evolve, Housing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s