Our history

We began life as Kensington & Chelsea Staying Put for the Elderly. We formed to offer elderly private tenants help and advice on housing issues. Despite appearing as a wealthy area, an influential report highlighted that many elderly people in the borough lived in very poor conditions. Our mission was to help them 'stay put' in their homes. Since then we have grown to offer many services to all members of the community across west London.
2018   » Staying First services integrated in SBHA
2017   » Furnish opened a new warehouse in Greenford
2016   » Furnish selected as national example of good practice in We Work
2015   » Food bank based advice service in Hounslow
2014   » Pop up shop opens in Enfield
2013   » Staying First becomes west London green business of the year
2012   » Greenford furniture recycling depot opens
2011   » Renamed Staying First
2010   » Strategic partnership with London Re-Use formed
2009   » 6,000th client supported
2008   » Tenth year of financial surplus
2007   » Home Improvement Agency re-established
2006   » Healthy Living Centre celebrates first anniversary
2005   » Volunteering programme launched with full-time co-ordinator
2004   » Awarded Specialist Quality Mark for Housing Advice
2003   » Furniture recycler Furnish joins Staying First (then called Staying Put Service)
2002   » Government funding to help homeless families
2001   » Small Repairs Service expands to three boroughs
2000   » Staying First Services (then called Staying Put) joins Shepherds Bush Housing Group
1999   » Expansion into Westminster
1998   » Expands list of building contractors by 50%
1997   » Exceeds government targets on home improvements
1996   » Younger people eligible as clients
1995   » Move to dedicated office (Canalside House)
1994   » First business plan recommends a full-time director
1993   » Handyperson Service expands
1992   » Campaign for Fairer Rents launched and helps change law
1991   » Expansion to help elderly home owners as well as tenants
1990   » Lobbying on Local Government and Housing Bill
1989   » First head of operations appointed
1988   » First housing case officer appointed
1987   » Small Repairs Service launched
1986   » First salaried member of staff appointed
1985   » Based in St Mary Abbots Church Hall for first three years
1984   » Kensington & Chelsea Staying Put Services for the Elderly launches