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Help build a life-changing new hostel for St Mungo’s

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Buy a brick to help homeless people in Southwark – they need 80,000!

Homelessness charity St Mungo’s is asking Southwark residents and businesses to support their appeal to raise funds for urgent renovation works to their Great Guildford Street Hostel.

Built in 1890, St Mungo’s took over the hostel in 1990 and have since helped 1,800 people in their ‘recovery’ from homelessness. It was their first hostel offering counselling, a visiting GP, an onsite prescription service for residents coming off drugs and the charity’s first ‘move on flats’ for homeless people who have been supported by St Mungo’s on health, learning and employment needs and are ready to move to their own home.

Despite all of these achievements, over time the building began to fall short of St Mungo’s aims. It had limited communal space for activities and classes, no areas where residents could cook, ‘cell like’ bedrooms and long, dark corridors – all too reminiscent of the Victorian institution it once was. The new hostel will have 51 en-suite bedrooms, with furniture made at St Mungo’s wood workshop, communal kitchens, an NHS equipped surgery, an IT training suite, communal areas with plenty of natural light for activities and gatherings, and dedicated training spaces. The building will also offer meeting rooms to the Southwark community, and run open days for neighbours.

St Mungo’s recovery approach focuses on resident’s aspirations and ambitions rather than their past and barriers. Through offering a vast skills and employment programme and award-winning healthcare services, as well as inspiring accommodation, St Mungo’s works with thousands of people every year in over 100 locations in London and the South of England.

Nov 27 2012