It is business as usual for the 999 Club on Wednesday morning as those in need drop into its day centre for support.

The centre on Deptford Broadway is open on weekdays from 9am-12pm for the homeless to have breakfast, read the paper and get online.

The charity takes in visitors in various situations, from rough sleepers to sofa surfers, providing services to help them get back on their feet.

And its good work will be continuing for at least another three years after the charity received a whopping £412,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund.

In one year from September 2017 to August 2018, the 999 Club saw nearly 1,000 people come through its doors, handing out 491 breakfasts to those in need.

Gill, a volunteer, travels in on the train from Bexleyheath two mornings a week.

“We do breakfast from 9 until 10 every day which can be very varied. After that we help people with other things they need like washing, help with computers.

“Volunteers make sure the permanent staff can focus on the most important thing which is getting people moved on,” she explains.

Staff at the 999 Club offer different types of support to people which can include helping them enrol for universal credit or even appealing a benefits decision.

“When someone is not here anymore or you see someone moving on, that’s really rewarding,” Gill says.

Just around the back of the day centre and behind the courtyard is the Night Shelter.

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The Night Shelter's pods allow people to have some privacy

With a capacity for 25 people, the Shelter contains 10 private pods for people to sleep in with 15 extra mattresses and duvets.

Tim Fallon, chief executive of The 999 Club, explains how the Shelter works with the day centre to help people regain their independence.

“Each person in the night shelter gets allocated a case worker that works in the day centre,” he explains.

The people in the Shelter tend to stay for between three and four months while The 999 Club helps them into temporary housing.

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Users of the Night Shelter are also given lockers to keep their belongings

“When people come here, whatever possessions they’ve got they’ve lost them all, even sometimes their birth certificates. We help them out with getting their ID and going from there.”

Dean, 37, has been using the Night Shelter for 13 weeks after declaring himself homeless to Lewisham Council.

After a “toxic” relationship broke down, Dean found himself living back with his aunt in Deptford. But he soon was unable to pay his keep and had to move out.

“I grew up in Deptford and I moved to Croydon for a while through work. I then bought a house in Portsmouth,” he explains.

Dean was working as a warden at Feltham Prison for several years before he bought the house with his partner.

“There was a breakdown in the relationship.

“Due to that I lost my job and signed the house over to my ex. I moved in with my aunt for a couple of years and was bouncing from job to job for various different reasons.”

When he went to the Council for help, Dean was referred to The 999 Club.

“[The Night Shelter] is your own little space. Once you close the curtain you kind of block everyone out,” he says.

Despite Dean’s struggle, things are now looking up and he will be moving into a new flat in just a few days.

“I’m back on the ladder now. It’s taken a while but it’s been worth it.

“It’s been brilliant. [The 999 Club] has got some really lovely members of staff. You can tell they want to take the time to help you out.”

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Dean has built a full-length mirror from an old wardrobe door

During his time with the charity, Dean has taken part in an art project in conjunction with the V&A.

The project sees eight people who have used the Night Shelter create pieces of furniture they can use in their own homes out of donated recycled material from a workshop at Lewisham College.

Proudly displaying his new “throne” complete with a vegan leather cushion and full-length mirror which has been carved from a wardrobe door, Dean says: “Once it’s finished I can feel quite proud that I’ve done it all myself.”

After the exhibition at the London Design Festival on September 22, he plans to move the furniture into his new flat.

Tasia, 31, has also got involved with the project after two separate stints at the night shelter.

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Tasia (L) and mentor Tom discuss ideas on the first workshop (photo from 999 Club)

“I was in supported housing and it wasn’t helping me. It wasn’t meeting my needs and it was making me more vulnerable.

“I worked with [999 Club staff] and they told me to come back in and worked on finding me a better, more stable place to live.”

Within just a few months, Tasia was moved into a new flat and is now beginning to get back to normal.

“I really enjoyed using the night shelter. I actually miss it a bit,” she laughs.

Since taking part in the project, Tasia has designed an intricate haberdasher’s chair where she can store materials and a sewing machine.

“I absolutely love making things. In time, it can maybe help me make some income. I make things all the time anyway but now I have some space to do it.”

Tasia’s own struggles have motivated her to want to help others in the same situation – and she is now in talks to become a volunteer in the Night Shelter.

“This has been going on for 3 years. [The staff] have made me so much more settled but being in this situation has made me rethink my career.

“I want to be just like them.”