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Help the work live on…

September 15, 2016 :: 3.38pm
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The generosity of our supporters enables us to provide projects which support people recovering from homelessness to rebuild their lives, such as the St Mungo’s Recovery College.  In this blog, Jordan tells us how the College has helped him to rebuild his confidence and improve his wellbeing. 

We recently welcomed 25 St Mungo’s supporters to our Mare Street Hostel, Hackney, to hear about the work we do to help rebuild the lives of people affected by homelessness.

The event was held ahead of Remember A Charity Week, a national campaign happening this week raising awareness of leaving gifts in Wills.

Our supporters met Jordan, one of our clients who is rebuilding his life.

Jordan’s story

“In 1998 when I was 11 years of age I went to Jamaica with my grandparents. I lived there for 12 years and I returned to London, England in 2011 which was a big transition for me and also a big adjustment.

“I came back from Jamaica with my grandma and my auntie because the medical attention that was needed for my grandma was enormous. We took my grandma to the doctors and they checked her out and they confirmed that she had Alzheimer’s disease.

“I was living with my mum and stepdad and my sister. It became overcrowded so I had to live in private rented accommodation. That didn’t work because I was unable to pay my rent due to me spending the money which was for me to pay my rent. I was then evicted out of the private rented accommodation that I was put in.

“I didn’t know what to do”

“Then I was at square one I didn’t know what to do but then I went to the council. I was eventually put into a St Mungo’s hostel called Great Guildford Street where I am now until this very day.

“Then I was told by my keyworker that there was a Recovery College around the corner from where the hostel was. It has courses available for everyone to participate in and it was free of charge.

“Now I am an Outside In (St Mungo’s client representative body) member and I am also a facilitator of that particular client involvement group which is fantastic and amazing. I also run the recovery approach training and other meetings which were my goals.”

Jordan also explained that he would like to join St Mungo’s permanently and would like to “bring the banter to every team he works with”.

Learning  can be transformative

The Recovery College has been instrumental in helping Jordan to get his life back on track and has given him opportunities that he would not otherwise have access to. His confidence and communication skills have improved as well as his wellbeing.

Learning can be transformative and help people experiencing homelessness recover. Our Recovery Colleges are based on the idea that learning can complement traditional treatments.

The Colleges help people develop the skills and confidence they need to recover, whilst also helping them to recognise their strengths and fulfil their potential.

Students and staff work side by side, breaking down the distinction between the two roles and emphasising person’s skills and experience rather than their problems.

All of this is only possible thanks to the generosity of all of our supporters who fund our projects.

Ensuring St Mungo’s work will continue…

The guests at our Hackney event also heard from St Mungo’s Vice Chair, Sir Leigh Lewis, who spoke about his role and reasons why he supports St Mungo’s by leaving a gift in his Will. He said: “My wife and I have decided to include St Mungo’s in our will because we want to know that, even after we’re no longer here to support its great work in person, that work will continue.”

If you would like to do something legendary for future generations of homeless men and women by leaving a gift in your Will, please visit the legacy section of our website or get in touch with Katie Wimpenny at to request an information pack.

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