Official figures for rough sleeping show that numbers in Norwich have fallen in the past year, with a reported 21 people sleeping rough in Norwich last November, significantly fewer than the recorded 30 in the previous year.
We are delighted to publish our Strategic Plan for St Martins, which shares our ambitions, plans and targets to take us through the next three years up to 2021.
To date St Martins has supported 12 people through the ‘street break’ initiative, with seven of these people being entrenched rough sleepers. Seven people who were supported by this initiative have now gone on to more permanent and secure housing.
We always see donations increase over the Christmas period and during the cold weather; a time when people empathise with the homeless. Two of our supporters, Alan and Adrian have used their resources to make a difference to local people in need.
Local supplier of storage materials Ese Direct have donated two roll containers, in partnership with their supplier, Palletower, which have already become invaluable to us in sorting and storing donations.
The total raised from the annual pre-Christmas street collection was £34,541.85, the highest ever amount reached in the 29 years the collection has been running.
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.