Understanding How Trauma Impacts Behaviour

What is trauma? Trauma. It’s a word we hear often, yet its actual impact on individuals can sometimes be missed or misunderstood. When we speak of trauma, we’re talking about experiences that shake a person to their core, leaving deep scars on their mind and soul. These experiences could be physical, emotional, or psychological, leaving…

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A Touch of Magic Raised Over £10,000 for SSJ

A Touch of Magic, a Portsmouth based charity who chose SSJ as their cause for 2023, have been fundraising for us throughout 2023. They set a target of £10,000, but absolutely smashed it by raising £10,836! A Touch of Magic hosted a range of events in 2023, including a ‘Down in New Orleans’ ball, a…

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Airport Lodge Joins the SSJ Stable: A Safe Space for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

We are delighted to announce the addition of Airport Lodge to the SSJ stable, our latest project aimed at providing housing and intensive resettlement support for individuals experiencing homelessness in the Farnborough and Aldershot areas.  Our dedicated team provides comprehensive, trauma-informed support, addressing a range of mental, physical, and substance abuse challenges, as well as…

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SSJ Bids Farewell to Chief Executive Trevor Pickup

After an extraordinary 31 years at the helm, Chief Executive Trevor Pickup is set to swap his leadership hat for a gardening fork as he retires from the Society of St. James (SSJ) in May 2024. Trevor’s dedication and leadership have become synonymous with the organisation, shaping its direction and impacting countless lives across these three decades. Trevor says…”Leaving…

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The Intersection of Mental Health, Addiction and Homelessness

Trauma’s Role on Mental Health, Addiction and Homelessness Trauma can have a profound impact on an individual’s life, often serving as a catalyst for the triple crisis of mental health, addiction, and homelessness. Deep-seated emotional wounds may result in mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  These conditions, in turn,…

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A Thank You To SSJ

I would like to express my thanks for the amazing help and input I’ve had from The Floating Support Service at the Society of St James and in particular Colin Howell and colleagues since January this year.  I’m doing a Masters degree in Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology and without help from SSJ I would have…

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Natasha’s Story

Natasha’s journey with SSJ began as a client, marking the beginning of a transformative chapter in her life. Following her remarkable recovery, Natasha not only conquered personal challenges but also embraced a newfound purpose within the SSJ community. With unwavering dedication, she transitioned from being a client to an esteemed team member, bringing a wealth…

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SSJ’s Accommodation-Based Support: A Story of B&Q’s Generosity

We are incredibly fortunate to have B&Q supporting our work here at SSJ. For the second time this year, as part of their annual Community Days programme, a team of B&Q employees worked tirelessly to transform the living space for residents that we are supporting through accommodation-based support. A property in Southampton benefited from the…

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Our Christmas Advent Calendar Is Here!

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Christmas is coming! Our virtual advent calendar is launching on our social media channels today, featuring original poetry written by people with lived experience and performed by service users, volunteers and members of the SSJ team.

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Simone’s Story

Hi my name is Simone or Sim to those who love me. I was born kicking and screaming in Boscombe. When I was two my family and I moved in a quaint lil village, fair oak, surrounded by tall woods and fields of pasture. I grew up a nature girl, ready for the elements or…

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