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Our Legacy Legends

Our legacy legends aren't just passing on a legacy to the future through their giving, they have plenty of legendary advice to pass on too. Joe Batty and Kevin Farell share their and words of wisdom with us:

Kevin Farell 

'Live the life you love, but love the life you live' - Kevin Farell, Supporter and Recovery Worker 

I experienced substance addiction and mental health, while having very little support around me. As I got better, I realised that I wanted to use my experiences and make changes to help others. Having a role at St Mungo’s Haringey Recovery Services enables me to provide a broad range of activities, including Peer Involvement programs for clients. I truly believe that we should all live the life you love, but love the life you live, and I pass this onto everyone I work with because I have learnt how important that is.

Joe Batty 

'Don't rely on others to help those less fortunate than ourselves. We all have a part to play in helping others' Joe Batty, Supporter and Outreach Manager

Joe Batty has been working with and supporting people sleeping rough off the streets for over 20 years. Joe is a legend. He’s decided to leave a gift in his Will to St Mungo's.

Joe Batty I used to work in engineering back in the 80’s, but I was made redundant. Leaving engineering was a hard time for me, but I knew I wanted to use this opportunity to make a change in my career and help others. I wanted to be a positive role model for people who may not have one. That’s when I joined St Mungo’s.

Over the years I’ve worked with people of all walks of life, mainly because the causes of homelessness are so broad. This has led me to work with ex-offenders, people with substance and alcohol problems, and those experiencing poor mental health. Now, I run St Mungo’s outreach teams across London, who build relationships with people sleeping rough. Many people on the streets have often had bad experiences where they’ve been let down, building a relationship is so important because then they trust us to support them in getting off the streets for good.

While working in this sector I’ve seen changes in the government and in policies over the years, and yet homelessness still exists. I decided to leave a gift in my Will to invest in the future of the services here at St Mungo’s. And to make sure that homeless people will still have somewhere to go when they have no one else to turn to.

My words of wisdom that I pass on is not to rely on others to help those less fortunate than ourselves. We all have a part to play in helping others.’  - Joe Batty, Outreach Manager