Community: Kairos staff, families and friends at Buckfast Abbey

Kairos began 21 years ago with the vision and commitment of Father John Kitchen and Tony Walsh and one semi-derelict property. Today, Kairos Community Trust is a registered charity with 36 staff, more than 25 volunteers and 170 residents and clients – a thriving community of men and women recovering from lives of addiction and homelessness in 29 houses across six London boroughs (Brent, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark and Wandsworth).

This steady and sustainable growth continues to be achieved through the dedication of our staff, volunteers and supporters. And through the support of everyone we work with daily: our clients and their families, and all the care managers, doctors, community psychiatric nurses, probation officers and social workers.

Kairos staff

Head Office: Mossie Lyons (director), Dorothy Woodward-Pynn (admin manager), Judy McLellan (admin assistant), Oye Oke (finance controller), Sahra Khatun.
Community detox hostel, Linden Grove: Lorraine Beckford (manager), Vincent Mahe (assistant manager), Ron Bell, Samantha Chapman, Harold England, Adrian Gibson, Sandra Ginnelly, Simon Woods.
Bethwin Road Care Home: Lee Slater (manager), David Carroll (deputy manager), Yvonne Douglas, Chris Farnell, Miriam Hicks, James Hopkins, Angela McCulloch, Lucia McGuckin.
Garden Day Programme: Tim Penrice (manager), Gillie Sliz (assistant manager), Simon Eve.
Aftercare Programme: Jessica Rood (manager), Peter Gill, David Yates.
Supported housing Move-On Team: Nick Messikh (manager) and the team work with clients across the 28 Kairos Move-On houses.
Maintenance: Denis Walsh.

Governance – Kairos Community Trust

Our governing body is a trust and Kairos is managed and monitored by the trustees, who are independent volunteers from a wide range of professions in the community. They are: Hanora Morrin (chair), Gerald Barry, Giles Beale, Paul Carter, Robert Finlay, Shawn McCarthy, Dr Jasper Mordhorst and Sarah Potter.

Environmental initiatives

Kairos continues to promote good environmental practices across the organisation, including: recycling at all houses; composters in all gardens; water butts to collect rainwater; our bee-keeping project that currently has nine hives in three gardens; solar paneling in one house. An educational leaflet is available with an Oyster-card folder.