Cruse was founded in 1959 in Richmond upon Thames.

Where does our name come from?

The name 'Cruse' is derived from a passage in the Old Testament about a widow's cruse, or jar of oil, which never ran out, thus signifying that support would be given as long as it was needed and there would always be a drop of comfort available.

Despite the derivation of the name, Cruse is a non-religious organisation and welcomes people of all beliefs and none.