“I am not the first to say the ‘craic’ was good in Cricklewood but I am sure all of us here feel it is the best place to be today. I know I feel it a real privilege to be officially opening Cricklewood Homeless Concern’s New Centre with its lovely facilities and especially its warm welcome for everyone who cross its threshold in need of its services”
From Old Building…
CHC was originally started in 1983 by a group of local residents. They had seen people who were homeless and rough sleeping in the area and wanted to do something to help. They got together and Cricklewood Homeless Concern was created.
In 1983 the doors of 60 Ashford Road opened as a soup kitchen for those in need. It soon became apparent that there was a need for more than food. Many of those who came to access our services had multiple problems. In 1986 CHC first registered as a Charity (294000) so that we could start to work towards meeting those needs.
Over the years we developed specialist projects such as housing advice and health related programmes. We found that the need for the services we were offering was increasing. If we wanted to serve the community fully, we needed to expand. In 2003 the Charity structure was changed and registered in it’s current form (1097475).
To New Building
In 2004 we purchased our premises at 60 Ashford Road, thanks to the great generosity of our many friends in Ireland Great Britain and America.
With additional support from owners of leading Irish construction companies, the Irish Government, UK central Government, Brent Council, Big Lottery, Charitable Trusts, Faith Communities and many individual donations we achieved our vision, and were able to build our new Community Resource Centre in February 2008.
Throughout the rebuilding process, CHC continued to operate services. Working from temporary premises in Cricklewood and Willesden, we were able to continue to support those in need.
We consulted the local community and planned a host of services that would meet the current and future needs. In its current form, Our Community Resource Centre is just that, a resource for the whole community.