If you think homelessness can't happen to you, think again. It can take just one thing to cause your life to spiral out of control.
A big thank you to everybody who entered our first ever Christmas card competition. We had lots of colourful entries and it was wonderful that some of the local schools and beaver groups got involved and submitted their designs.
Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) is a phrase we hear more and more in our sector and something that is integral to the way St Martins works in many of our services.
In the last three months (July – Sep) 51 known individuals were found bedded down in Norwich, 17 of whom were new to the streets. 15 of these were found suitable accommodation by the Pathways service.
Fewer people carry cash nowadays, this can be a challenge for charities who rely on donations from the public to make a difference to the people that they support. Local homelessness charity St Martins have invested in secure, contactless technology.
Many people we see in Norwich hold down jobs while homeless - some of them even sleep rough.
St Martins is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme. Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £60 million to over 18,000 local community projects.
We are delighted that Norwich Cathedral is hosting one of our contactless donation machines in the Refectory, which enables customers to donate to St Martins using their contactless debit and credit cards.
Three volunteers from St Martins were treated to VIP treatment at Carrow Road with a pre match tour of the stadium and the chance to rub shoulders with goal scorer Teemu Pukki.
St Martins was pleased to be invited to present a workshop at the recent Innovation in Interprofessional Practice conference at UEA looking at how the healthcare workforce across the region can collaborate to improve the support they offer.