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

Step Up 2018: Recovery through volunteering

The most effective and sustained route out of homelessness is employment. Many people we work with are low in skills, confidence and are not work ready. Through volunteering in a safe and supportive environment people can gain personal and employability skills to build a stable and positive future.

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It ran from 11:00 AM, 9 May 2018 to 11:00 AM, 16 May 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1078201)

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Housing alone does not solve homelessness. Once housed people are often living alone and lacking structure, purpose and support networks and their chance of relapsing to the streets is high. Volunteering reduces isolation and increases resilience. Meaningful occupation helps people overcome mental health issues, long term unemployment, getting work and qualifications. According to Homeless Link, the number of people sleeping rough in England has more than doubled in the last seven years.


We are committed to working “with” not “for” our clients at every level of the organisation. Our clients are assets with valuable skills and experiences and play an essential role in designing, delivering and evaluating our services. Our Step Up volunteering programme offers a number of basic volunteer roles for clients but we want to develop it so that we can offer progression routes and qualifications in advice and guidance, peer mentoring and health and social care.