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Technologywithin’s bike challenge raises money for SSJ

On Friday 17th September technologywithin, the UK’s leading provider of technology for flexible workspaces and multi tenanted offices spaces, held its first Gran Fondo cycling event to raise money for the Society of St James.

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Case Study: Dom – the success of our care homes

Linden House – St James Care Our care homes are an integral part of our support services; working with people with alcohol dependency as well as complex mental health needs, we provide both long-term care and specialist, intensive respite. Dom was one of our residents. He was at Linden House for a short period…

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Fundraising: Winter is Coming

Fundraising in the winter? We dare you! Summer seemed to go fast, didn’t it? We’ve had an interesting time in fundraising – most of the excitement came from our online art festival, but we have also had some fantastic donations come in which we have…

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Green Fingers means Positive Space for Service Users

We are delighted to be working with Brodie, owner of Green Fingers Gardening Specialists, and his team who have helped us landscape our gardens to provide a place for service users to relax and unwind. Having social areas where our service users can de-stress, relax…

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Case Study: Jodie’s Story

Jodie has been talking with Anni Bury, SSJ Recovery Worker, about alcohol dependency, pregnancy and rebuilding her family as part of our ’50 stories’ series. “I drank heavily when my mum passed away. She had a bleed on her brain and she passed away in…

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Congratulations to the winners of the Great Cre8 2021

Back in March we launched our Great Cre8 competition which was all about supporting our service users find a passion. Being creative plays a big part in the journey our service users take – from music sessions to art therapy, helping them focus on something…

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HIWCF awards SSJ money to support Re-Fit

Grant for Mountain Bikes will Benefit Service Users Hampshire & IoW Community Fund has awarded £2,100 to the Society of St James and Re-Fit which will help pay for much-needed mountain bikes. Re-Fit offers vulnerable people who have been affected by complex issues the chance…

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Yearly update from SSJ

It’s been a really busy year for us at the Society of St James, just as it has been for people from across the world. We hope you have all had a good year and are in good health and spirits as we head towards…

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Isle of Wight Bike trip builds confidence for service users

The Isle of Wight is renowned for being a place that is perfect mindfulness, and 12 service users were given the opportunity to try this for themselves with a bike riding team-building and exercise. We provided the opportunity for service users to experience the thrill…

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Contactless donating comes to Southampton

As we approach our 50th anniversary, it has become clear to us that the avenues people use for fundraising have changed. A great example of this is the recently launched contactless giving points which have been installed across Southampton as an easy way to donate…

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News: Safer Neighbourhood Fund featured in Portsmouth News

The Safer Neighbourhood Fund, a scheme by our partners The Southern Co-op was recently highlighted by The Portsmouth News. The report says; “working in Portsmouth and Southampton, The Society of St James has helped 23 ex-offenders learn new life and social skills, helping them to…

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Fundraising – How to Support Us

Welcome to the first in a new series of blogs about how you can fundraise for SSJ. As a charity that supports people affected by homelessness and complex issues such as a history of trauma with subsequent alcohol dependency or drug addiction, we are always…

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“I need help” – Liam’s Story (Case Study)

“I NEED HELP” – SSJ WAS THERE WHEN LIAM WAS READY TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND Liam Crook has been talking to Project Worker Elizabeth Judkins about his journey to recovery and the part SSJ played in his recovery as part of our ’ 50…

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50 Years and 50 stories for our Golden Jubilee

50 years – Our Golden Jubilee Back in the summer of 1972 we saw the launch of the first digital watch, Atari set the video-game world in motion with Pong and the VW Beetle became the most popular car ever sold, with more than 15m…

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News: Closure of Re-cycle Bikes

Re-Cycle Bikes to close in June 2021. In light of this we have stopped receiving donations and thus will no longer be able to collect donated bikes as from today (7/6/21). Re-Cycle would like to thank our supporters for the contributions they have made over…

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National Recognition for scheme SSJ are part of

The BMA (British Medical Association) have written about a scheme – which has been publicised nationally and is something SSJ has been recognised for locally. This is another example of some of the great work done by SSJ and it is great to see this…

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SSJ Featured in PCC Update

SSJ Operations Director Nicky Wilsenham has been featured in an update by the Association of Police Crime Commissioners Office. Nicky said: “The support received from the PCC’s office is invaluable and allows staff to offer a trauma-informed, strength-based approach to individuals with a history of…

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Interview with Senior Managers on COVID-19

Earlier this year, Dennis Jones, turned the spotlight onto our Senior Management team and asked them to reflect on what has happened since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. They discussed first reactions to lockdown 1 and their initial fears, shared stories from the frontline,…

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Christmas Appeal a Success Thanks to Local Support

In November 2020, we launched our Christmas Meal Appeal to provide a hot meal to people affected by homelessness. When approaching winter, we started thinking about what service users think about the festive season and asked them to talk about what they felt when it…

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SSJ featured on Homeless Link Member Blog

SSJ Feature on Homeless Link Blog Homeless Link today published a blog by Nicole Forster and Bev Alder from SSJ. We secured funding from Homeless Link’s Ending Women’s Homelessness Fund and commenced the Horizon Project in November 2019 – and this blog focuses on the…

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Thank you from all at SSJ

We would just like to say a thank you to everybody who has supported SSJ in 2020. It has been a challenging year for everybody – but the support from people and businesses from across Hampshire has meant a great deal to SSJ staff and…

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Irwin Mitchell Charites Foundation supports SSJ

We would like to thank the Irwin Mitchell Charites Foundation for supporting SSJ this Christmas. Michelle Jeffery, Business Development Manager at the Society of St. James, said: “Christmas is not a time of joy for all, as our recent campaign demonstrates.   “For many of the…

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Christmas: Behind the scenes

It’s been a busy few months as we go from another lockdown and into the Christmas season. Across our projects we are putting in an effort to make Christmas as joyous as possible for people who have a history of homelessness and addiction.

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Draper Tools support SSJ New Maintenance Unit

Draper Tools Support New Maintenance Facility With Donation We would like to say a huge thank you to local family business Draper Tools for the amazing donation of robust metal shelving for our exciting new maintenance unit in Southampton. This new facility will help us…

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The Rotary Club of Southampton help spread Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer for SSJ Care Homes Thank you to the Rotary Club of Southampton for sharing festive cheer with the delivery of 40 Christmas hamper to our Care Homes this week. Donations like this make a big difference to our residents at Christmas, especially in…

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Christmas Appeal Update

We are aware that times are hard for most people right now and that is why we are delighted that we have been able to meet our first target of £5,000 for our Christmas Meal Appeal. The first week saw unprecedented support from supporters across…

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Sikh Sewa Society provide delicious curries for SSJ

Sikh Volunteers Put Smiles on Faces with Curries There is something incredibly special and warming about a curry – and vulnerable adults across Southampton have been able to enjoy this feeling thanks to support from local Sikh Sewa Society. Lovingly prepared by volunteers from the…

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HSBC Staff Choose Hat, Scarf and a Laugh for SSJ

Hat, Scarf and a Laugh We are grateful to all the staff from HSBC in Hampshire who chose to support SSJ for World Homeless Week. I will leave you with words from Sue Young, a Retail Branch Manager for HSBC. “To support World homeless week…

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New Mountain Bikes thanks to Grant Award

Grant for Mountain Bikes will Benefit Service Users My Journey Community Grants and Southampton Council have awarded £4,000 to the Society of St James and Saints4Sport which will help pay for much-needed mountain bikes. Saints4Sport offers vulnerable people who have been affected by complex issues…

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Jamies Computers – Helping you get Connected

Get Connected with Jamies Jamies Computers is proud to announce our collaboration with our Community Partners SO:Linked, TWICS, Drop The Mask Productions and more, to launch the “SO:Let’s Connect” project. The pilot is funded by SO18 Big Local and is therefore initially covering Townhill Park,…

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