By making the group so accessible, relaxed, and inclusive – anyone can join in and take part for as long they choose with no demands - some residents have found a creative streak they never knew they had. One resident has even proudly given our CEO a piece of his art which is now on display in her office.
Gillian Francis is a visual artist, currently specialising in printmaking and fibre art. As Company Director of Make Play Connect, she has created a flexible, welcoming and safe community space for arts, education and well-being activities in Norwich. She does weekly sessions at Under 1 roof.
A weekly cooking class to encourage more members to get into the kitchen and gain confidence! 4 members each week help Karla in the kitchen to make a two-course meal based on the theory of living from the land.
More than half of prison leavers are released without permanent accommodation. Homelessness and reoffending is a real risk. St Martins has a new role where prison inreach worker Drew helps people leaving prison to find accommodation.
Official figures on the levels of rough sleeping across England were released today (February 24, 2022). According to the latest figures, collected in the Autumn of 2021, 10 people were sleeping rough in Norwich.
Brilliant local charity The Besom in Norwich has provided numerous packs for the people we support for when they set up a new home. When people move on from our services, they often have few possessions of their own.
Private landlords in Norwich looking for a long term regular income are reaping the benefits of leasing their properties to St Martins.
Senior support worker Lesley works nights at Bishopbridge House, St Martins direct access hostel. What happens there while the rest of us are sleeping? We asked Lesley to explain what a night shift is like.
Estate agents in Norfolk & North Suffolk have shown their support for people who don’t have a home, by making a £1,500 donation to St Martins.
Every day at school 11 year old Jessica collects crisp packets to turn into foil blankets to give to people sleeping rough. She is also raising money to make up care packages for people who need them.