Spurgeons was founded in 1867 by one of the most well-known public figures of the day – a Baptist preacher called Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He founded an orphanage in Stockwell, south London. The Spurgeons Home moved first to Surrey and then to Kent after the war, but closed in the late 1970’s. Since then, Spurgeons has supported vulnerable children and families through many different types of work across the UK. Today, the charity has contact with over 30,000 children and adults, whilst working more intensively with over 3,000 children and young people.
Over the last financial year during Covid-19 and lockdown, 783 children were identified in safeguarding incidents Spurgeons responded to. 86% of children whose outcomes were measured with an evidence-based measuring tool showed positive progress.
Spurgeons services include children centres and family hubs, prison-based family support, services to support young carers, families affected by domestic abuse and to girls and young woman in, or at risk of, joining gangs. Parenting courses and support are also offered by Spurgeons, and more recently, school counselling and support through the services of Fegans, which transferred into Spurgeons on 1st July 2021.
Spurgeons Children’s Charity (Spurgeons) is one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families for 150 years.
Inspired by our Christian faith, our mission is to provide support for children, young people and families who are experiencing difficulties or challenges so that they can have a better present and a hopeful future.
Through the delivery of support and intervention services, and by speaking up on behalf of those who need us most, we give vulnerable children and families the chance for a better future.
Every child deserves hope
Over 3.9 million children are living in poverty in the UK today, with around 400,000 classed by the child protection service as being in need. At Spurgeons, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to live a hope-filled life; and that no child should face abuse, neglect or uncertainty.
Through our support and intervention services and by speaking up on behalf of those who need us most, we help to address this by giving vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families the chance they need for a better present and a more hope-filled future.
Our services ensure these vulnerable children and families can access the help they need. We help them cope better with their difficulties and provide them with resources and support to find long lasting solutions to challenging problems.
Trusted for 150 years by children and families
Charles Spurgeon founded an orphanage in 1867 to provide vulnerable children with shelter, education and the hope of a better future. 150 years later, this legacy lives on, and the need for our services is as great today as it was then.
For over 150 years, families, supporters and statutory bodies, have trusted us to be consistently led by the values that are rooted in the Christian faith. In times of increased need for our services, and with pressures on other agencies, we will continue to be faithful to our ethos and values.
Through working within communities, we adopt a partnership approach to finding long lasting solutions for individual needs. Our extensive volunteer network, along with local fundraising and partnership working, ensures front line staff are equipped to provide the best possible support.
As a Christian charity, our core values are important to us and we reflect them in everything we do.
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