Mark Visits St Mungo’s
March 5, 2009
Mark visited one the St Mungo’s Adamson Road project this morning to see first hand the work that is being done to support homeless people who are trying to put their lives back on track.
Set up in 1969, St Mungo’s is London’s largest charity for homeless people, with a particular focus on rough sleepers. The charity provides a unique range of services ranging from street outreach through to housing and back-up services covering drugs, alcohol and mental health. It aims to help homeless men and women achieve their aspirations and find solutions to their problems with housing, health and employment.
The Adamson Road project provides twenty men and women with supported housing and each client is given their own room within a shared flat. A member of the St Mungo’s team is on site around the clock and facilities are provided so that clients can do their own cooking and engage in meaningful activities. After a fundraising drive, the team has also been able to build a wonderful new timber outbuilding on site for art and music workshops.
Mark’s visit was arranged as part of his ongoing research into mental health and homelessness in the area with the aim of raising the profile of these two issues in parliament. Speaking of the visit, Mark said, ‘I am incredibly impressed by St Mungo’s efforts to provide a seamless service to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. The team clearly does great work co-ordinating their efforts with other agencies and constantly tries new ideas and adapts the St Mungo’s service to best suit the needs of their clients. Mental health and homelessness are currently seen as Cinderella areas but co-ordinated efforts on these twin issues can reduce the financial burden on other services and create lasting solutions to those who have fallen on hard times.’