St Mungo's is committed to helping homeless men and women lead more fulfilling and independent lives. We need your help to fund our work. We have many priorities and goals for next year and here are a few that you may be able to help us with:
Pathways to Employment supports residents to reach their employment goals. They participate in a wide variety of work and training activities including literacy and IT training, work experience and job searches. The programme relies entirely on voluntary donations therefore we value any support so that we may continue to offer our clients a route out of homelessness and into work.
Almost 70% of our clients suffer from a diagnosed or suspected mental health issue. Addressing their mental health needs is a critical step on the road to recovery. Therapy can have a huge impact on all aspects of our clients' lives, helping them to better address their problems and develop their aspirations. Funding is urgently needed to employ psychotherapists to work with our residents so they can begin to change their lives for good.
Putting Down Roots is St Mungo's innovative gardening programme for homeless men and women. PDR has been helping vulnerable, homeless people to gain confidence, skills and horticultural qualifications for over ten years. With the support of a qualified Gardener Trainer, participants work in public and hostel gardens, contribute to their local community, and have the opportunity to achieve Open College Network qualifications. Our 2013 Client Needs Survey revealed that 60% of our clients have a mental health need. By engaging in community gardening, participants regain a sense of purpose in their lives, which can result in improved mental health and well-being.
We have recently been successful in securing a grant from the City Bridge Trust to develop the vocational aspect of PDR, which will help more participants move into work.
Peer Advice Link offers long-term, flexible advice and support to help people who have been homeless stay in their own accommodation. The service trains peer volunteers, whose own experience of moving on from homelessness makes them ideal mentors. Support is wide ranging, from advice on rent payment and benefits to relationships with landlords and more personal issues. The service is highly successful; a 2012 survey found that 94% of PAL clients were living in the accommodation they had been initially supported to move into. In addition, 80% of PAL volunteers were either volunteering or in paid employment.
If you would like to support St Mungo's, to visit one of our projects or to receive more information about our work, please contact St Mungo's Trust team on 020 87625500.