In the mid-1960s, seven Christians living in Croydon identified a need to offer practical assistance to fellow church goers with mental health difficulties. Deciding to act themselves, they rented two adjoining properties which offered safe, family-led accommodation for up to six people, with two of the founders, Leslie and Lilla Moxham, moving in to provide round-the-clock support.
Crossways Trust became a registered charity in 1967 and moved to Tunbridge Wells, opening a registered care home (now Moxham House) in a quiet area near the town centre in 1971.
The charity changed its name to Crossways Community in 1991 and four years later a supported accommodation unit for 22 people (Culverdale) was built across the road from Moxham House. This was followed in 2007 by Bethel Court, which provides long-term accommodation for up to six residents who require little support. That year we also celebrated our 40th anniversary, producing a video in commemoration.
In 2013 Crossways Community purchased a one-bedroom flat in Earl's Road, on the outskirts of the town centre. This provides independent accommodation for an ex-Culverdale resident who is living out in the community and is in regular employment, but who also receives floating support from Crossways. We see our purchase of Earl's Road as a major stepping stone on the road towards independence and integration within the local community for our residents.
Recognising potential, encouraging independence, achieving self worth
Crossways Provides Mental Health Training for Schools. If you know a primary or secondary school in West Kent which could benefit please email our CEO.
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