The Upper Room is a charity that has been helping the homeless since 1990. We provide a number of inter-linked services that focus on giving the socially disadvantaged the tools and skills they need to restore their dignity, reduce their risk of homelessness and help them to become economically independent. We work with a broad range of adults with a variety of needs: living in poverty, socially isolated, elderly, substance misuse or mental health issues, offending history and unemployed.
The Upper Room’s vision is to support and improve the lives of vulnerable people in our community to make them more resilient and to help them make positive life choices.
To work with socially disadvantaged (or vulnerable) adults to:
* Alleviate poverty
* Provide personalised advice & support
* increase confidence & self-esteem
* Enable people to be active members of the community
* improve physical & mental wellbeing
* improve employability
* reduce (the risk of) re-offending
* reduce the risk of homelessness
Recognition and Awards
The Upper Room's UR4Driving Project won the Andy Ludlow Special Award for Best Use of Volunteers in October 2011. This prestigious prize was presented by Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP at a ceremony in the State Rooms of the Speaker’s Apartments in the House of Commons, and it also came with a financial award of £15,000.
In 2012, the Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham recognised some ex-offenders supported by The Upper Room, and presented six of them with Volunteer Awards for their contribution to the community.
The Upper Room is 'Highly Commended'. This special award was confirmed at the prestigious Civil Society Charity Awards 2013.
The Upper Room won the Charity Times Awards 2013 Big Society Award.
Our UR4Driving Project is the proud winner of the Big Society Award 2013 for its outstanding contribution to the community:
"I would like to congratulate UR4Driving for being the latest winners of the Big Society Award for the work they do to help ex-offenders secure jobs and turn them away from a life of crime" - Former Prime Minister David Cameron
In 2014 The Upper Room received the Civil Society Award - Highly Commended for Education and Training. Read about it here.
In 2014 The Upper Room was shortlisted for the Guardian Charity Awards and longlisted for the CSJ Awards.
In 2015 The Upper Room was longlisted for the CSJ Awards.