Based in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, CREST is an independent charity. Originally set up in 1971, CREST serves the local community in a number of ways.

Disability and Dementia

Four days a week, fifty weeks a year, CREST Clubs provide a total of eighty day opportunity places each week for people experiencing disability or dementia. Members benefit from healthy living activities, arts and crafts activities, transport to and from the centre, and a healthy cooked lunch

Harmony Hall

Our figurehead community building, this provides a unique and attractive venue at the very heart of the borough used by over 35 local community groups and hosting twenty adult education classes.  It also boasts an attractive foyer art gallery space used by local artists and mental health groups.

Mental Health

CREST’s Befriending Service provides volunteers to support people under the age of  sixty.  Time to Change Waltham Forest aims to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.  Waltham Forest Conscious Care Community co-ordinates a range of mental health peer support groups and activities.  The Harmony Health Hub is a coalition of independent local mental health support groups supported by CREST.  We are also a principle partner with the borough in Waltham Forest becoming the first ever funded Time to Change Hub in London helping people with lived mental health experience challenge stigma and discrimination.

The Big Local

A national lottery scheme, part of the localism agenda, The Big Local empowers residents in 150 disadvantaged communities across the country to spend a million pounds improving their area.  CREST has been chosen by six local communities across London to be their locally trusted organisation, administering their funds and providing back room support:

Noel Park Big Local (Wood Green), North Meets South Big Local (Romford), St James’ Street Big Local (Walthamstow), Wick Award (Hackney), William Morris Big Local (Walthamstow), also carrying out a similar function for Big Local Impact, (Brixton)




Crest Clubs

Harmony Hall


A full day opportunity service including transport to and from one of two centres (Walthamstow and Chingford), group games, activities, exercise and a healthy cooked lunch. Three days a week, fifty weeks a year.

Located in central Walthamstow, adjacent to the High Street, Harmony Hall is an attractive venue with two function rooms and two meeting rooms. Perfect for private functions, plays and all sorts of group activities.

Foyer Gallery


An attractive exhibition space in the foyer of Harmony Hall that enables local artists to get their work seen. Free entry, open 9.30am to 9pm, Monday to Friday.

Big Local

CREST is the local trusted organisation for both the St James’ Street and the William Morris Big Local. The aim of the fund is to enable local people to make big lasting changes to their neighbourhood. Read more here.

Harmony Health Hub


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Harmony Hall provides a base for a range of organisations that support local people experiencing mental health issues – arts workshops, support groups, a weekly lunch club and even a thriving knitting group.

CREST offers a number of volunteering opportunities that help people develop their skills, gain valuable work experience as well as spreading the word about CREST and help us grow.

Crest Waltham Forest - Independant Charity