Articles by Gemma Hollingshead


What do our clients want from the next Government?

Beatrice Orchard and Dan Dumoulin from our Policy and Public Affairs team consider homelessness in the election debate so far. Read more

Apr 24th | Gemma Hollingshead | Guest blogs, Key posts, News
Caroline after the bike ride

How to survive a 60 mile bike ride on a hot summer’s day!

On Sunday 7 July, in 25 degree heat, our supporter Caroline Harris cycled 60 miles from London to Oxford. Here she explains why she took on our cycling challenge and her top five tips for surviving it. Read more

Jul 22nd | Gemma Hollingshead | Uncategorized

Caribbean through a lens: a woman’s view

In the run up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, and as part of our ongoing work around diversity, St Mungo’s is proud to be hosting an exhibition this week, organised with the National Archives. Monica Wilson, our Pathways to Employment Vocational Guidance Worker, explains more. Read more

Feb 28th | Gemma Hollingshead | Uncategorized
Women-only Move On Training sessions for Action Week

Supporting women’s recovery

The second annual St Mungo’s Supporting Women’s Recovery Conference took place last month at Toynbee Hall, London. St Mungo’s client Janice, who assisted at the event, wrote a report highlighting two of the morning session’s guest speakers –  former St Mungo’s client Lorna, and Detective Sergeant Hannah O’Sullivan from the Sapphire Unit. Read more

Feb 5th | Gemma Hollingshead | Uncategorized
St Mungo's clients sitting at a table drinking tea

A family story at Christmas

Christmas can be a time of mixed emotions for our clients. Some may be in touch with their families, others may not. Here’s one story a project manager shared with us this month about connecting a resident with his family. Best wishes to everyone over this holiday season. Read more

Dec 21st | Gemma Hollingshead | Hostels, shelters & projects, Real life stories

Making the difference

In November we published a joint report about homeless people’s experiences of the Work Programme and recommendations on helping long term unemployed people back into work. One person who read the report now works for St Mungo’s. With his permission we’ve reprinted his letter to us but anonymised his details. Read more

Dec 11th | Gemma Hollingshead | News
modern buildings in the sun with a blue sky and sapling trees in the foreground

Opening doors for Open House

Our Spring Gardens hostel in Lewisham opened its doors as part of London’s Open House weekend. Staff member Sharon Richards writes about how the day went. Spring Gardens is a modern hostel in Hither Green where St Mungo’s supports homeless and vulnerable people from the Lewisham area to move on with their lives. While we […] Read more

Sep 28th | Gemma Hollingshead | Hostels, shelters & projects, News
John and his colleague Jenny offer support to a rough sleeper

A day in the life of a Bristol Outreach worker

John Summerill, an Outreach case worker, explains more about his role at St Mungo’s Compass Centre and how the team help get rough sleepers off the streets of Bristol and into supported accommodation. I’ve been working for St Mungo’s outreach team in Bristol for four years. I primarily work with rough sleepers and people leaving prison who […] Read more

Aug 21st | Gemma Hollingshead | Guest blogs, Hostels, shelters & projects
Improving clients practical literacy and numeracy skills

How much reading and writing have you done today?

Simon Philips is a literacy tutor with Pathways to Employment, a hostel based service which provides training and activities to St Mungo’s clients. Here Simon writes about a new drop in service in Southwark which gives clients the chance to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. Read more

Jul 31st | Gemma Hollingshead | Hostels, shelters & projects, Support
Women-only Move On Training sessions for Action Week

Helping women move on

Monday 18 June saw the start of our Action Week on women and homelessness and the first session of a new, women-only Move On Training programme, organised by St Mungo’s in a project in South London. Joanna Boldeau, Move On Training Coordinator, explains more. Read more

Jun 19th | Gemma Hollingshead | Events, Hostels, shelters & projects, News

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