A year on from lockdown and the Government's Everyone In initiative, we reflect on an extraordinarily challenging year and what we can achieve When We Work Together.
The coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on the dangers of sleeping rough. It has also exposed and exacerbated the precarious housing and financial situations of many people in England.
However, in the face of an incredibly challenging year, we have proved that When We Work Together we can end rough sleeping.
Alongside our local authority partners, our staff have worked tirelessly to support as many people as possible off the streets, into emergency accommodation, and then into a more permanent home.
Since March last year, we have helped over 4,000 people who were rough sleeping or in communal night shelters to isolate safely and have so far supported almost 1,500 people into longer term accommodation.
The work of the last year has saved hundreds, and changed thousands, of people’s lives.Find out more
"I always knew my time on the streets would come to an end at the right time and now is that time."
This time last year, former St Mungo’s client, Ian, was sleeping rough on the streets. Today, one year on from the first lockdown, he is living in his own studio flat, a place he can finally call home.Read his story
"If I think back to the first 24 hours and when the pandemic really hit, it was quite unsettling. It was a lot of movements and coordination of people, their belongings and where they were all going to go.
Our team in Oxford reacted fast with local partners to help people into accommodation. Ellie our Service Manager in the city reflects on those early days of the pandemic.
Partnership working between homelessness service providers, health professionals, local and national Government saw progress on an unprecedented scale to help people move away from the streets.
Our corporate partners and supporters have been amazingly generous and have been integral to our Covid-19 response providing critical funds, supplies and services.Find out more about their support
"I've seen first-hand the incredible passion and determination of St Mungo's staff in supporting people who are experiencing homelessness. But none more so that during the past year"
Phil Spencer, St Mungo's Patron shares a special message of support for everyone who has played in part in supporting vulnerable people away from the streets during a challenging year.
"Looking back at the last year, the first words I think of are tiring and exhausting. But also, what a privilege to be part of it all."
John from our Bristol outreach team has had an extraordinary year, working with partners in the city to support people away from the streets to safety.Read his blog
If you see someone sleeping rough please let StreetLink know, through their website or app, to help connect them to local services that can support them to move away from the streets.
If someone needs urgent medical assistance, call 999.Contact