“Although my contribution can feel small, it has a big impact”

    James is a Web Developer volunteer with our arts magazine, Homeless Diamonds. To celebrate our 50th Edition launched this summer, James shares his experience of volunteering with us and how the magazine has changed his perspective on homelessness.

    I’ve been volunteering as a web developer for Homeless Diamonds, an arts magazine which features a compilation of writing and art by people associated with St Mungo’s, for the past 8 years. I started volunteering as I was looking for something to do, to use my skills and give a little bit back, so the role within Homeless Diamonds was perfect for me! I built the website that hosts the digital copies of the magazine. When I first started, I had a backlog of past issues to upload. Now I help out three times a year, when the magazine comes out. My role is to make sure the latest edition is up on the website, formatted correctly and all the content links to the contributors are included.

    It’s fantastic being able to help, and although my contribution can feel small, it has a big impact in spreading the reach of Homeless Diamonds – and the wider the spread, the greater the impact! I always look forward to hearing when the latest edition is about to drop and feel privileged to get a sneak preview of the magazine before it’s printed.

    Through my volunteering with Homeless Diamonds, I’ve learnt that homelessness isn’t just a point in time, it’s a journey. When you see someone homeless, it’s easy to think there’s a quick fix – put them in a house – however there’s often a whole range of things that have got them to that point. To that end, I think there’s a lot of blame the individuals get for this, which is unduly put at their door, when it is often not something that they can fix independently. That’s why how St Mungo’s intercepts this journey and supports people in their recovery is so important.

    Homeless diamonds provides a lens on the thoughts and lives of St Mungo’s clients. The magazine gives a voice, which may be difficult to get out otherwise. I’d really encourage everyone to read even just a single edition as I know you will find it eye-opening. Check out the 50th edition here.


    Are you interested in working for a charity that makes a real difference to the lives of vulnerable adults? 

    Hither Green Service (Spring Gardens and Hilda House) is a busy, flagship service which provides you with the opportunity to join a specialised and committed team using a psychologically and trauma-informed approach, supporting 68, multiple excluded, highly vulnerable adults with complex needs in Lewisham.

    We are privileged to work with a diverse group of residents to identify and achieve their individual goals for their time living with us.

    The purpose of this role is to ensure we provide a safe and healthy environment for our clients to live in. Duties will include maintaining the cleanliness of the communal areas, including kitchens or bathrooms, as well as supporting the team in cleaning clients’ rooms when they have moved out.

    About you

    Candidates will need to have good working knowledge of Health and Safety, a basic knowledge of IT and be comfortable working alone. You will possess effective communication skills, approach your work and clients in a non-judgemental way including those displaying challenging behaviour.

    How to apply

    To view the job description and guidance on completing your application form, please click on the ‘document’ tab on the advert page on our website.

    When you’re ready to apply click the ‘Apply Now’ Button to start your online application form.

    Closing date: 10am on Monday 21 August 2023

    Interview and assessments on: TBC

    St Mungo’s is a leading homelessness charity. We work together with local authorities and communities to end homelessness and rebuild lives.

    Last year we supported nearly 28,000 people who were homeless, or at risk of homelessness, through 164 services. Our work means that more than 2,700 people have somewhere safe to stay each night.

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