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Real life stories from St Martins

Reality Check is a series of talks available from St Martins for groups wishing to know more about the work we do or education providers wanting support around substance misuse.

We offer a variety of talks which are:


  • Causes of homelessness
  • The impact of homelessness
  • Statistics
  • Suitable for Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)


  • The reality behind starting to misuse substances and the outcomes that follow
  • Drugs, alcohol, or both can be covered
  • Suitable for PHSE curriculum
  • More challenging workshop available for 18+ audiences


  • The history of St Martins
  • Facts and figures
  • Why we do what we do
  • The human aspect
  • How you can help


  • Our volunteers will talk about their journeys which can sometimes be challenging to listen to
  • Challenging perceptions about homelessness
  • Changing attitudes towards the people we support

Talks can be delivered to any age group from age 5 upwards and will be time and subject appropriate. For example, a talk to 5 year olds is 15 minutes long and looks at how to be kind, whereas a talk about substance misuse to 14 year olds will be an hour long and will include challenging truths about misusing substances.

We have a small team of brave Experts by Experience who are happy to come along and share their journeys of homelessness or addiction.

If you would like to get in touch for more information or to book a session, please contact Nicky King, Community Engagement, on 07827 856722 or

Feedback from schools

  • ArrowThe presentation was truly amazing- The delivery and impact that it has had on our students was incredible. All feedback was positive and to hear the students weeks after you came in still talking about it was a true statement on the impact that it really did have. I personally think every school should have you in to speak to students. Nikki Goodall – pastoral support worker at Long Stratton High School
  • ArrowFollowing the impact of the Reality Check presentation to our 6th form, we asked for Nicky and David to come back and deliver the presentation to our year 10 and 11’s. The impact of the presentation and feedback was very positive from students who appreciated the real life stories. We have decided to keep it going as a rolling event for CNS in the future.Sophia Elsegood – Senior Pastoral Manager CNS

Reality Check stories

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St Martins support worker Gareth has noticed that everybody needs validation, even if their behaviour suggests that they do not care what people think of them. One of the joys in his role is to remind people that they have strengths and capabilities to celebrate.

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