Tutus House launches with the #IamTutus overnight sleep-out on the 19th March. Our Leadership Team will all sleep rough at The Embankment to get the feeling of what it’s like to live on the streets.

Our whole mission is about getting the homeless from on the streets to under the sheets, and we thought it by far the most appropriate way to launch Tutus House.

The former ‘Emmerdale’ actress Gemma Oaten – who played Rachel Breckle on the ITV soap from 2011 until her exit in 2015 – has lent her support to our new social enterprise.

Co-founder James Reid said: “Homelessness shames our society. Britain is the fifth largest economy in the world and we seem unable to take care of our most vulnerable people.

“Tutus House is here to help address that issue. The Tutus House ambition is to be able to offer a place of safety to our homeless and those from disrupted backgrounds, to enable them to gain skills and, ultimately, take the necessary steps back into gainful employment.”

Our Press Release noted: “We aim to give our members practical help in rebuilding their lives. Our specific fund-raising goals are to provide temporary and permanent accommodation as well as commercially viable projects to train and, potentially, employ those who are currently homeless.

It’s hoped the Sleep Out will draw further attention to the plight of the homeless, particularly those who are deemed by the authorities as non-priority, which includes people who have become homeless due to reasons such as family breakdown and mental instability, and may be ex-service personnel, ex-offenders and old people.”



  • Increasing demand for services for the homelessness, often resulting from emotional instability, breakdown of family unit, treatment of ex-military personnel, cycle of re-offending, an aging and increasingly isolated population.


Homeless Link Annual Report 2017 (for England) published March 2018:

  • 200,000 people experience homelessness each year.
  • On average 77,000 people experience homelessness each night.
  • April 2016 – March 2017: 19,460 people who made homeless applications found not to be in priority need by Local Authorities.
  • 2017 – est. 4,751 people sleeping rough any one night = 15% increase from 2016.


In addition:

  • 2018 – 123,600 children are homeless in England (independent.co.uk)
  • 2018 – 3,000 people sleeping rough in London each night


  • Tutus House will seek to help these sub-groups:
  • Non-priority homeless people
  • Ex-offenders
  • Ex-servicemen and women
  • Exploited women/family breakdowns