The Connection at St Martin's - helping homeless people in London

Social Inclusion for Older Homeless People

We believe that life is for living and will be increasing support on offer to homeless people above the age of 55 with an innovative programme of Groups & Activities. These will focus on building up people's social networks and facilitating access to meaningful occupation in the local community

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1078201)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,200

Amount raised

£11,883

Donations

77

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    Helping

Location

Situation

Last year, 589 homeless people over the age of 55 accessed our services. They are some of the most disadvantaged in our society. A significant proportion have suffered childhood abuse, struggle with poor physical and mental health, have been in institutions and are long-term unemployed. Whilst many projects cater for younger homeless people, older homeless people are often overlooked and socially excluded with little access to meaningful occupation and almost all spend their day entirely alone.

Solution

Our project will engage marginalised homeless people over 55 by encouraging them to access our Groups & Activities, like the weekly 'Rough Sleepers Support Group'. This group aims to provide a safe and welcoming space for those who have been on the streets the longest and are most resistant to changing their situations. It fosters an inclusive social environment so entrenched homeless people can engage with us and the local community enabling them to live happier and more fulfilled lives.

  • ‚ÄúThe more I volunteer, the more I‚Äôm surrounded by positive people and I feed on that positivity. After a long time I found something I‚Äôm not too bad at.‚Äù

    — William

  • ‚ÄúI came in to this building not a happy person. There‚Äôs been so much change in me and I see myself having impact on other people and it feels good.‚Äù

    — Seyi

  • ‚ÄúIt came when I was on the streets. I didn‚Äôt really have any problems before then. It was during those first five years. I didn‚Äôt bother trying to get in anywhere. I just stayed on the street.‚Äù

    — Simon

  • “The more I volunteer, the more I’m surrounded by positive people and I feed on that positivity. After a long time I found something I’m not too bad at.”

    — William

  • “I came in to this building not a happy person. There’s been so much change in me and I see myself having impact on other people and it feels good.”

    — Seyi

  • “It came when I was on the streets. I didn’t really have any problems before then. It was during those first five years. I didn’t bother trying to get in anywhere. I just stayed on the street.”

    — Simon