Two of our members of staff, Nicky and Martin, who have worked with homeless people for many years, talk about the highs and lows of the job on the frontline working with homeless people.
Every year Avenue Junior School takes a charity collection as part of the school carol concerts. This year they chose to support St Martins and an incredible £1,130.74 was raised to support homeless people in Norwich.
Local musician Chris Jennings launched his album in Norwich this month – and gave the entire proceeds of the night to St Martins.
Members of the Forncett gardening club, Diggers and Dibblers, chose St Martins as the charity to benefit from the raffle at their quiz and chips night, raising a very welcome £233.
At the carol concert, lodge members and guests supplied a buffet, with spare cakes plus other non-perishable donated food items given to St Martins.
As Christmas approaches, we have commenced our appeal as dozens of volunteers take to the city’s streets and local supermarkets to raise vital funds for vulnerable people.
My name is Rita and I am one of the residents here, and I live on the independent side of the accommodation. It has been a journey of ups and downs for me over the last ten years of being with St Martins but all of it has had a very positive spin on things for me!
Norwich restaurants sign up to StreetSmart, a winter campaign to raise funds to tackle homelessness
Having to find somewhere which may or may not be safe to lay your head and try to get a few hours’ sleep and survive a night with temperatures close to freezing sounds like something that was happening hundreds of years ago. Sadly and unforgivably it is happening now, in twenty-first century Norwich.
St Martins annual street collection takes place every day between December 1 and Christmas eve except Sundays. St Martins has some loyal volunteers, some of whom have been collecting cash for the charity for over 20 years. More are welcome to get involved!