Leading homelessness charity St Mungo’s has announced it is to partner with property developer Stanhope with donations being used to support the organisations Recovery College.
St Mungo’s is one of three charities operating in London which the newly created Stanhope Foundation has chosen to support by raising money for gainful employment initiatives, pro bono advisory work, and volunteering opportunities.
Alongside cancer Maggie’s and The Prince’s Trust, St Mungo’s will share in six-figure annual donation from the Foundation.
The money will go directly towards the employment-focused areas of the chosen charities, working with St Mungo’s on the charity’s Recovery College, Maggie’s on their Back to Work programme for cancer patients; and with The Prince’s Trust on skills development and employability programmes.
Steve Douglas CBE Chief Executive at St Mungo’s said: said: “St Mungo’s is delighted to work with Stanhope and the Stanhope Foundation to help provide meaningful employment opportunities for our clients.
“Our partnership will be focused on the delivery of our Recovery College – a comprehensive programme which helps our clients with personal development, building fundamental life skills, training and securing employment.
“We know that sustainable employment is an important step toward recovering from homelessness and have seen the positive life-changing effects it can have. This collaboration with the Stanhope Foundation will help to ensure this vitally important work can continue.”
David Camp, CEO of Stanhope PLC. said: “For more than three decades, Stanhope has developed and created places and spaces in London to allow communities to work, live, grow and thrive. The pandemic has had an absolutely devastating effect on these communities, especially when it comes to employment and we need to support them as much as we can, particularly those who are most at risk.
“The launch of the Stanhope Foundation is a major milestone for us. It is formalising what we’ve already been doing internally for a number of years, and we are hoping that our clients, partners and other stakeholders will be inspired to join us on our mission to unlock the amazing opportunities that charities such as St Mungo’s, Maggie’s and The Prince’s Trust can provide.
“We are passionate about being hands on and targeted in our approach. The core of our work is to create successful communities, so it is our responsibility to ensure we do all that we can to support the people who live in the places we create and give them a future to look forward to.”
The Foundation will be run events throughout the year launching with ‘Journey for Jobs’, a fundraising initiative where Stanhope will ask employees to walk, run, swim, row or cycle as many miles as possible.
For each mile, £1 is donated to the charities by Stanhope and more than £9,300 has been raised so far. A similar initiative is being organised to start in May with teams from across the industry taking part.