NOAH – Pro Bono Support

Homelessness charity, NOAH, were seeking structural support advice for their current premises. LandAid matched them through the Pro Bono Programme with Craddys, a Civil and Structural Engineering Design Consultancy, who gave them piece of mind and practical advice via an RAAC survey.


Luton, UK

NOAH has been working for more than 30 years to provide hope and support for people who are struggling and have nowhere else to turn.

With their primary operations taking place in Luton, they provide services to people experiencing and at risk of homelessness with the aim to reduce rough sleeping, improve resilience and self-esteem, and help people into work.

They offer a range of services including their Street Outreach Team, who support individuals sleeping rough on the street; the NOAH Academy, offering training and employment; and their Welfare Centre, open 365 days a year and offering a whole range of services from hot food and showers, to GP surgeries and mobile dentistry.

NOAH’s current premises are made up of a mixture of different portacabins and units that are assembled and joined together and a recent condition report advised there could be RAAC present in the building fabric.

The charity was naturally concerned that this and other potential issues may mean that the premises constituted a structural risk. Facing a potential large cost to this investigation, they turned to the LandAid Pro Bono Programme for support. LandAid were able to match them with Craddys, a Civil and Structural Engineering Design Consultancy.

Project Engineer, Leah Deverick, generously offered to undertake the RAAC survey, which saved this small charity valuable funds and helped them to ensure the safety of their premises.

It was a pleasure working with NOAH. Thanks, LandAid for providing Craddys with the opportunity to assist such an important charity and one that is very close to home.
Leah Deverick, Project Engineer at Craddys
We are delighted to have had the support of LandAid and that Craddys were able to help us so quickly. At NOAH we have limited finances available in our mission to help vulnerable people away from homelessness. Craddys were able to deliver us a RAAC report which helped us mitigate any H&S risks from our old building and keep our staff and beneficiaries safe! The report was completed very quickly and had the correct amount of detail for us.
Paul Prosser, Head of Welfare Services at Noah Enterprise

In 2021 NOAH supported hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. This included...

  • 739

    people in need supported through a range of services

  • 260

    people helped to move into accommodation, away from homelessness

  • 556

    nights in hotel beds provided

  • 381

    items of clothing given away