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

Winter Shelter

The Connection at St Martin’s works with rough sleepers and homeless people in London. We provide immediate relief through shelter, food, showers and laundry. And long-term specialist support which empowers people to gain the necessary skills and confidence to make lasting life changes.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1078201)

Campaign target

£20,560

Amount raised

£21,232

Donations

116

Championed by Impact Fund

  • When you come here and see that someone is looking after you, making sure you are safe, that is the first step. You get more confidence, you learn to trust people and you think to yourself: I’m ok now, because someone is looking after me, making sure I’m sleeping well. No one is going to rob me

    — Anonymous- Client

  • After a long day and after all the anxiety, after all the worries … coming to a place where you get a beautifully cooked warm meal and then you can have a shower and lie down is amazing…. all of this normalises your way of life. The 28 days I was given to sleep there went a mighty long way.

    — Anonymous- Client

Situation

Street homelessness continues to rise in the UK. Roughly 1 in 15 rough sleepers in England are found in Westminster, where our services are based. Sleeping rough is not only frightening, but also demoralising, isolating and dangerous. The life expectancy of a Rough sleeper is just 47 as opposed to 77 for the general population, and they are 13 times more likely to be a victim of violence. The longer someone stays on the streets, the more likely they are to develop health and addiction problems

Solution

We provide a vital and potentially life-saving service, that helps people to cope with the immediate and physical crisis of being homeless. Our emergency accommodation service welcomes up to 75 people a night, who benefit from shelter, showers, laundry services, a hot evening meal and breakfast the next day. They feel safe and secure and can talk to experienced staff who act as a gateway to our longer-term specialist services including housing, employment, mental health and addiction support.