In 2021, Spurgeons acquired school counselling and parental support charity Fegans.
Fegans' core mission and ethos is now very much a part of Spurgeons. Founded by James Fegan, who dedicated his life to helping children in need and was a man of great faith.
Fegan’s work began in London in the late 19th century. James Fegan was deeply moved by the plight of destitute boys in the capital, many of whom slept rough on the streets. He taught in a “ragged school”, which gave elementary school classes for street boys in the evenings. Through that work, Fegan soon saw the desperate need for permanent shelter and schooling for these children.
James Fegan: Biography
Who was James Fegan?
In 1870, he founded a society and opened his first home for boys in Deptford two years later. This was the beginning of the Fegans organisation and the first of many children’s homes that have brought shelter, care and hope to children and young people. In total, Fegans’ homes provided care for over 7,500 children.
Today, Fegans is a core part of Spurgeons charity, who believe that the best way to support children is within their families and communities. We no longer operate children’s homes but offer a range of support services to children and families.
Today you will find us at the heart of communities – listening, learning and building trust to make a lasting difference. Our Christian faith remains an active and important motivation for the work we do. It forms the roots of our people's collective desire to help children and young people, regardless of their own beliefs.