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St George’s Crypt

St George's Crypt St George’s Crypt, a beacon and a refuge…

St George’s Crypt was formed in 1930 by Reverend Don Robins, vicar at that time of St George’s Church. He was shocked at the number of destitute people who were on the streets of Leeds during the Depression. He resolved that the church must do something “to make St George’s both a beacon and a refuge to hard-pressed wayfarers on the road of life”. The work has been at the forefront of Christian social action and outreach ever since. It was set up to provide care and support to destitute and homeless people combined with promoting evangelism. It still does both today.

The Crypt runs a day centre for people who are homeless, rootless or who feel challenged by society in any way. There are 15 beds available for people at risk of street homelessness (all in individual rooms); two hostels offering 26 places for people with a history of addiction; and a wide programme of training and engagement opportunities for clients to help them regain a feeling of self-worth and to develop skills towards employability.

The Crypt has undergone two major structural redevelopments in its central Leeds base, and now is also concentrating on providing more opportunities for clients to learn sustainable skills through ventures such as a large retail unit in West Leeds .


Nurture, new beginnings…

The Crypt is focused on training and engagement for as many clients as possible through its activities – this has already started with the expansion of the Crypt’s Community Interest Company called Nurture, which works with clients especially in the fields of catering and horticulture.

The Crypt remains in all its work a Christian enterprise. The Chaplain is involved at every level of the charity, and is also licensed by the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to serve as Diocesan Chaplain for the Homeless.

The charity is determined to ensure that it remains ready to respond to the increasingly complex needs of the 100 or so people who access its services every day of the year. The Crypt is proud of the fact that its Christian witness and focus remains at the heart of its work.

 Martin Patterson, Fundraising and PR Director, St George’s Crypt

 The Archbishop of York has been Patron of St George’s Crypt since 2006.