Manager: Lorraine Beckford

The John Kitchen Centre, 22 Linden Grove, Nunhead, London SE15 3LF  Map
t & f:  020 7277 6264
[email protected]

The John Kitchen Centre at Linden Grove is a first-stage residential detox hostel for men and women who have found their lives unmanageable due to the destructive effects of addiction to alcohol and drugs. Our priority is those who are homeless.

The hostel has 24 single rooms (16 en suite) and is staffed 24/7.

Our objectives

We aim to provide a supportive, non-judgemental, safe, sober and clean environment where individuals can begin to rebuild their lives, to examine what has led them to this point and to try to put into place a new structure in life without alcohol or drugs.

We achieve this by providing…

registration at local GP surgery and health checks
weekly in-house GP surgery for those needing detox
a full needs and risk assessment for each person
one-to-one work with support worker and agreed support plans
support, advocacy, advice and facilitation to enable people to address issues around mental and physical health, legal and financial concerns
in-house cooked meals
opportunities for healthy social activities, eg camping, sport, away-days
introduction and involvement in self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous
access to further and ongoing professional care/support
extensive stabilisation/aftercare support
a residential base for clients accepted on the Garden Day Programme, two minutes’ walk away

Referrals to Linden Grove

Referrals are usually taken from the client’s social worker, doctor, welfare worker (eg at hostels, day centres etc). Clients can also self-refer. Initial referral by phone is preferred.

Please note that a waiting list is in operation and there are no emergency admissions.

Assessment and admission procedure

Client and Kairos assess mutual suitability
Agreed date for admission
Medical assessment by doctor (multi-agency common SM assessment)
Completion of admission documents, background information, contract etc
Explanation of our programme, the client contract and house expectations
Introduction to peers and members of staff and orientation of the building

On admission, each resident is assigned a support worker who advises about practical problems such as benefits, legal issues etc. A vital part of these sessions is to put the resident in contact with appropriate outside agencies and services.

Looking forward, every effort is made to access funding for post-detox rehab and ongoing treatment where it is appropriate and it is the expressed wish of a resident.


Housing benefit is applied for on admission with help of a support worker.