London's homeless charity that works all year round
- 22 May 2012
- by Alex Zagalsky
In the warmer months, we tend to think less about the plight of homeless people on the streets of London. It's less cold, there's more cheer in the air, but for those who don't have a home to go to, there still remains the same dangers.
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St Mungo's Summer Garden Party on June 20th this year, and we thought it fitting to bring to our readers' attention the amazing work undertaken by this charity all year round.
St. Mungo's charity helps to house, support and care for homeless people throughout the Capital, giving them the chance to improve their lives with housing, work and education opportunities. Between June18-24, St Mungo's will be launching its Action Week, which will include a very special campaign called Rebuilding Shattered Lives, a focus on homeless and vulnerable women in particular.
In a revealing recent survey of St Mungo's female residents, more than a third said that domestic violence had played a part in them sleeping rough, while almost half were mothers.
You can hear about some of the women's experiences on the charity's blog. These are harrowing tales of neglect and trauma, but these women have strength and soul in need of nurturing and St Mungo's has provided them with the necessary anchor to help them to start rebuilding their lives.
Support St Mungo's by quickly signing up to its ecampaign page - you will receive monthly updates as well as resources to help lobby politicians, including letter templates. In addition you will be invited to attend St Mungo's events in Westminster and to see the frontline work that the charity does.
You can help the charity and get fit this summer during the Olympics too, thanks to its clever Big Home Run fundraising idea. The charity is asking people to run to/from home during the Olympics (so anytime between July 27-September 9) and be sponsored by friends, family and colleagues for the journey. It's a great way to donate and you'll escape sweaty London transport too! For more on the Big Home Run, see their website.
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