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“One of my most treasured experiences with St Mungo’s” – The Client Challenge 2023

Person-centred support is so important when helping people recover from homelessness, engaging people in ways which bring out their unique talents and interests. We run events throughout the year so that the people we support can experience new things and explore what matters to them outside of homelessness. 

Here, Regional Fundraising Coordinator Alexandra Henden talks about one of our most recent events, a camping and walking weekend in Dorset.

This weekend I supported on the St Mungo’s Client Challenge which is an annual event where we bring together staff, volunteers and clients from all areas of the charity. We camp together and organise a walking challenge on both days with the option to stay behind enjoying other activities if walking isn’t for you, so it’s completely accessible.

This year the challenge took place in Dorset and brought together our services in Bristol, Bournemouth and London. On the walks, we got to see some wonderfully picturesque spots in the wooded lowlands and the coast of Lulworth Cove, and in the evenings, there were creative activities including illustration and T-shirt printing, skill-building workshops on bushcraft, and music around the campfire.

I have to say it will be up there as one of my most treasured experiences with St Mungo’s; discovering somewhere new, joining together in an activity and connecting a wonderful array of people from the charity across two days.

Clients were also really enthused, and you can read a few of their quotes below:

“A massive thanks to you and the rest of the staff as it was the best camping trip I’ve been on and my anxiety didn’t bother me all weekend”

“I’m glad I went. And I’m also proud that I managed to travel home from Waterloo by myself, that’s boosted my confidence as well.”

“Thanks for a great weekend really enjoyed it can’t wait for next one”

To keep up to date with all our events, and the incredible work of our colleagues, volunteers and clients, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also find out about how you can get involved and support us in our goal of ending homelessness.


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