St Mungo's

St Mungo's is London's largest charity for homeless people. Last year we supported over 10,000 people through three related strands, Emergency services, prevention and recovery. Emergency includes street outreach teams, emergency shelters for rough sleepers and hostels. Prevention is meeting clients support needs in home, providing support teams to work with people at risk of homelessness. Recovery, under which this project falls, is the provision of safe housing, drug and alcohol support and physical and mental health care. Providing help for homeless people in gaining life skills including job training and independent living skills.

Our clients

The path for London's youth can be a difficult one, fraught with distraction and temptation. Many of our clients at the Harrow road wood working shop became at risk of homelessness at a young age and this has then been exasperated by a difficult family environment, mental health issues, drugs and alcohol misuse and/or crime. Often having not completed their education or gained work experience before becoming embroiled in life on the streets they become trapped. At this stage there is little support or guidance to try to recapture their potential.

The Woodwork Facility

The Woodwork facility at 217 Harrow Road has been in operation for the past twenty years. The Workshop offers training and occupational opportunities for homeless people. Our approach here is both client centred and client led. We support the recovery of individuals by providing meaningful occupation that enables then to move towards supported employment and to tackle the issues that made them homeless.

The wood workshop offers an exciting opportunity for St Mungo's clients who are unemployed to attend training and work experience in a commercial production setting. Men and women of all abilities become part of the workshop team, learning the skills involved in producing a range of exciting, quality pine furniture and wooden items. They manufacture a range of simple wooden goods and these products are then sold to generate income for the project.

Expert supervision and tuition is provided in a friendly, supportive working environment. Trainees learn new practical skills as well as focusing on key areas like keeping to a routine, team working and self motivation.

The emphasis is on fun (within the bounds of health and safety), and trainees find the challenge of learning and working with others a truly empowering, rewarding and confidence-building experience.

We furnish St Mungo's hostels and other projects with the high-quality furniture we produce, or sell it to private individuals. Sales help to fund the Workshop, rewarding the trainees for their commitment and adding to their sense of fulfilment and self-worth.

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