Sometimes people need more than basic needs for their recovery. Our support workers are often finding new ways to help our clients, and it’s our donors’ generosity which allows us to do this.
We have a range of peer support groups for clients to get together and have a safe space in which to talk, unload and share their experiences of homelessness and recovery.
This was particularly successful in our Bristol service, where staff member Jamie set up a support group specifically for men, in order to tackle a rising mental health crisis.
Putting Down Roots is a horticultural therapy and training project, using gardening as a tool to help people in their recovery.
Putting Down Roots helps to build people’s self-esteem, confidence and sociability.
It establishes a routine by asking participants to commit to attending regular sessions, and taking responsibility in caring for plants. Learning to nurture something else helps people to learn to nurture themselves, and there is a parallel between the growth and development of plants and the growth and development of people.
Meet St Mungo’s client Martin. Martin was a tree surgeon, but became homeless after he split up with his girlfriend, who was pregnant.
When he was living on the streets in cold weather, Martin’s dependency on drugs became the main focus of his life.
Extreme cold weather then struck the UK, triggering a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) response.
Sleeping rough in these freezing temperatures could’ve been fatal. But it was then that Martin found St Mungo’s, and was able to take his first step to overcoming homelessness.
Martin had his last night on the streets, and St Mungo’s have been providing him with ongoing advice and support to rebuild his life.
Two and a half years after meeting St Mungo’s, Martin has now moved into a flat of his own. He goes to St Mungo’s gardening classes every week and is also working towards a City and Guilds qualification. He hopes to get a job as a tree surgeon again.
If you can’t donate now or in the future, there are a multitude of other ways you can support our lifesaving work.
From supporting our outreach teams with StreetLink referrals, to teaching art classes or providing psychotherapy, our volunteers are vital in helping people in their recovery from homelessness.
Last year more than 450 volunteers supported clients in our emergency hotels and other frontline services.
Search our current volunteering vacancies and find the right opportunity for you. Then simply complete the application form and we’ll be in touch to discuss next steps. We advertise new volunteer roles on the first and third Friday’s of every month so remember to keep checking our page!
We are official charity partners for several high-profile events – and we would love to offer you a place.
Or if you already have your own place in an event not listed, you can still fundraise for us play your part in ending homelessness for good.
Leaving a legacy can make an impact for generations to come. Even just 1% of your estate could make sure that we continue to help people who are experiencing homelessness.
You can even write your will for free through our partner, Farewill.
There’s plenty of fundraisers you can organise with minimum or maximum effort, whether on your own, with your office or local community group.
Our dedicated events team are there to guide you every step of the way.
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