Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness has celebrated 25 years of working to help vulnerable people in the borough.

The charity provides an information and advice drop-in service to single people in housing crises, as well as trying to get people into homes and running a winter shelter scheme.

Operational director Matt Hatton said: “This winter, 30 guests used the scheme to avoid sleeping on the streets. Thirteen have already been helped by KCAH to access more secure accommodation.

“We are celebrating 25 years as a charity and the reality is that our services are in greater demand than ever before.”

The anniversary coincided with the charity being commissioned by Kingston Council to spearhead a “single homeless pathway” for people affected by homelessness.

A photography exhibition showing work by some of the night shelter guests will be launched at the Richard Mayo Centre, Kingston United Reformed Church, at 1.30pm on Monday, April 30.