Principles and Values

  • Respect and ambition-we respect the life histories of homeless people, believe in their potential and will help realize their ambitions.
  • Excellence and creativity-we aim for excellent and creative solutions to the changing needs of homeless people.
  • Diversity and equality-we are richer as a charity and as a society by valuing diversity and striving for equality of opportunity.

Founded on the 24th June, 1987, GROW is a charitable not for profit organization who provide short to medium term Hostel accommodation for vulnerable men in and around the Watford area.

GROW is a registered charity for homeless men over the age of 25 who have a history of  homelessness, drug and or alcohol issues .

GROW exists to provide a service to address the complex needs of vulnerable  Adults  within our society.

GROW as a charity  focus’s  on the welfare of homeless men with a history of complex needs primarily substance use and or alcohol related issues .  We have three properties, the main house accommodates 11 with two further move-on houses which can accommodate 4 and 5 people respectively, making a total of 20. Residents can stay with us for a minimum of 28 days up to 1 year or more.

Referral Process

The aim of  GROW is to primarily  work with men between  the ages  of 25-60yrs. Our clients are homeless men with complex needs  inclusive of drug and or alcohol issue’s .  The support we provide  greatly depends on joint collaboration with our clients,  referring agencies and professional bodies.  GROW will only contact other agencies to ensure that care / support plans are holistic, consistent and do not duplicate or compromise services offered by other agencies .

Our purpose and function

Is to provide accommodation, help and support for vulnerable and disadvantaged people within Watford and the surrounding area. In addition we provide a range of welfare services, education and support in partnership with both voluntary and statutory agencies.


GROW is overseen by a board of independent Trustees. There individual expertise and background ranges from Housing, Probation and Accountancy. Each of them make a valued contribution to the overall running of GROW and are as passionate as we are at helping our residents build a new life for themselves.

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