St Mungo's
Our vision is that everyone has a place to call home and can fulfil their hopes and ambitions. To do this, we: - Provide support directly to our clients, either to prevent them becoming homeless, or to respond to it and help them recover; - Build relationships with communities and the wider public, aiming to increase understanding of homelessness and empathy towards the people who experience it; - Advocate for policy change by combining our clients’ voices with the experience we have about what works. Since our founding almost 50 years ago, we’ve developed a recovery based approach. At the heart of all of our services is our commitment to empowering individuals, to support people in their recovery journey and to prevent homelessness in the future. Each of our clients comes to us with a unique set of skills and strengths and we use these as the starting point for moving towards a healthier, happier and more stable life. We are here to end homelessness and rebuild lives.

In 1969 a group of people decided to do something to help the people they saw sleeping rough on the streets of London. They started by going out, talking to people, offering food and what assistance they could. 


As they did this more often, people started asking who they were, where they were from. One of the group's main volunteers was from Glasgow, whose patron saint is Saint Kentigern. Saint Kentigern is patron saint of the city and of wandering Celts - and is also known as "St Mungo". The group thought "a Christian saint's name would stop police hassling workers on soup runs - they thought they were reverends." From there, the group managed to secure their first hostel to accommodate people sleeping rough – a former Marmite factory in Vauxhall, south London.


In the years since, St Mungo’s has continued working to end homelessness and has been on the frontline of delivering services to keep people healthy, housed and hopeful. St Mungo’s pioneered many of the innovative services that are now part of homelessness sector practice and projects, including the first specialist project solely for people sleeping rough with a mental illness; the first specialist project solely for people sleeping rough with a history of alcohol misuse; the only specialist project solely for older people with a long history of rough sleeping and, more recently, the first Recovery College in the homelessness sector. 


Each night across England more than 4,000 people sleep rough on the streets: people in need of shelter, support and the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

At St Mungo’s we believe that homelessness and rough sleeping aren’t inevitable. Through our recovery based approach, we help people experiencing homelessness on every step of their journey towards rebuilding their lives.

Crisis Support
Human Rights
Mental Health
Social Care
United Kingdom
Charity / Nonprofit

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