Lettuce in! Comedian Kerry Godliman and ITV visit Putting Down Roots

The actor, Kerry Godliman, got her hands dirty yesterday when she visited our Putting Down Roots garden in Cedar’s Road, Clapham along with an ITV London crew.  Kerry, who is an avid gardener, met with our Horticulture Skills Manager, Matt Woodruff, who gave her a tour of the garden and talked about the aims of our Putting Down […]

Experiencing homelessness at Christmas

Nathaniel is a former client and a member of our Client Involvement Working Group. Here, he shares his experiences of homelessness at Christmas and the message he wants people to know. I was adopted from birth and grew up with my family in Bounds Green, North London. I used to spend Christmas at home and […]

Having difficult conversations about grief and loss

This National Grief Awareness Week, Catherine our Bereavement Support Coordinator explains her role in helping our staff and the people we support through our Bereavement Support Service. Bereavement is cited in the top 10 reasons that contribute to homelessness. This is why it’s so important to be with the people we support as they process […]

Our Putting Down Roots programme

Matt Woodruff, Horticulture Skills Manager, shares his work supporting St Mungo’s clients through Putting Down Roots. Before joining St Mungo’s, Matt had a variety of jobs including garden designer and horticulture teacher – he believes his current role is the most rewarding so far. What is Putting Down Roots? Putting Down Roots is a horticultural […]

St Mungo’s Recovery College – online for our clients

By Holly Smith, Strategic Marketing Officer St Mungo’s Recovery College offers our clients the opportunity to engage with learning, training and employment, and to rebuild their lives. When the pandemic began, we were in the middle of making a film about a proposed move to a new Recovery College base in London. But if there’s […]

The Independent Review on Drugs is an opportunity for bold change

Today, St Mungo’s put forward a written submission to the Independent Review on Drugs by Dame Carol Black. Here Emma Cookson, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer at St Mungo’s explains what this review means and the primary calls St Mungo’s is making towards it. This is the second part of the review which is […]

St Mungo’s Remote Recovery College for summer 2020

Following Government coronavirus guidance, the St Mungo’s Recovery College has reinvented itself to become a flourishing Remote Recovery College. Gavin Benn, Head of Recovery College, shares what’s now available to our clients online. Though we have had to suspend face to face activities, our Remote Recovery College is well and truly open and offering a […]

Knocked Back: A tragic loss of human potential

Our Knocked Back report revealed that at least 12,000 people who are homeless are missing out on potentially life-saving drug and alcohol treatment. Oliver Standing, Director of Collective Voice, reflects on the report’s findings. Collective Voice is the national alliance of drug and alcohol treatment charities, whose members collectively support 200,000 people every year. A […]

Tackling homelessness in Lisbon

In summer 2018 Ed Addison, Case Coordinator for St Mungo’s project Street Impact London, took part in a two week long cultural exchange programme in the USA. Since then he has also been to Portugal to see how they approach street homelessness. Ed explains more about what he learned from Crescer, an organisation which has […]

I call myself a citizen of the world

In celebration of Black History Month, we have been sharing the diverse stories of our staff and clients. Shaaban, Deputy Manager of Islington Mental Health Service, explains how his own experiences of homelessness have helped shape his approach to supporting people with complex needs such as those recovering from drug and alcohol use or mental and […]