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SSJ supported by transatlantic law firm

Law Firm Support Makes a Difference Here at SSJ we are extremely lucky to be supported by so many socially minded local businesses and included in this are the wonderful team at the Southampton offices of transatlantic law firm, Womble Bond Dickinson. Last year the…

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Grant means SSJ can continue to help key workers

The Society of St James has received funding to provide bikes for key-workers, as well as training for vulnerable adults in bike maintenance. The grant from My Journey Community Grants and Southampton Council means the team at Re-Cycle Bikes can continue refurbishing and delivering bikes…

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2020 in review

2020 – The Strangest Year It’s been something of a strange year for all of us across the world. As a charity, we have faced many new challenges and had to adapt to what some are calling the ‘new normal’. Since our update in March…

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New Van helps combat COVID-19 Impact

With thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, SSJ has been able to buy a new transit van that will help combat the impact on service users who have been forced to isolate. The previous van was prone to breaking down which would…

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Stories from Lockdown

In our recent newsletter, we wrote about the impact of COVID-19 on our service users. We think these stories are too important not to share have turned them into a blog to help you our 4-months of lockdown. Read part one of this blog by…

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Behind the scenes – my 12 months at SSJ

My year of learning at SSJ Twelve months ago I started working at the Society of St James as their Social Media, Communications, and Marketing Officer. I remember my first day in the office like it was yesterday – turning up as early as I…

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Lockdown – How Life Changed for SSJ

Covid-19, A true community partnership On 23rd March 2020, life changed immeasurably in the UK as it had been doing and would continue to do so across the rest of the world. For those living on the street or without a secure place to live,…

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Can you help with a ‘Raised Plant Bed’ project?

SSJ Hostel looking for garden bed donations: Now more than ever, we are realising the benefit of being outdoors. Many of us have spent the past few weeks and months tending to our gardens and becoming reacquainted with nature. The same has been happening at one…

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Live Music Event in Aid of SSJ

Livestream Event in aid of SSJ On Saturday June 13th, SEMSU (Society of Electronic Music – Southampton University) – a society focused towards the student and young adults population in Southampton, will be hosting a livestream of exciting music in aid of SSJ

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First Place for Southern Co-op Partnership

Our Partnership with The Southern Co-op has been recognised with a national award at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards. Announced on Wednesday, May 27th, the award saw SSJ and the Southern Co-op succeed in the short-term partnership award for the Love Your Neighbourhood programme….

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New funding for bike project helps key workers

New funding from the Bike Bike Revival (Cycling UK) and Southampton City Council helps Re-Cycle Bikes get key workers moving during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Social distancing – from service users to supporters

Louise Bolton, manager of the Family Support Project, has written a blog to help people cope with social distancing. Louise has been putting content together for our service users to help them cope, and we thought it might help our supporters too.

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Working co-operatively results in national award shortlisting

The Society of St James and Southern Co-op have been shortlisted for a national award at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2020. The two organisations have been shortlisted for the Short-term Partnership category, which recognises the work done by SSJ and Southern Co-op as part…

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New grant helps SSJ support the vulnerable during Covid-19 outbreak

The Society of St James is delighted to have been awarded a £10,000 grant from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) fund by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation. The funding aims to support local charities and grassroots organisations that have been impacted by…

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Help brighten up every day for St James Care

It’s that time of the year when the blossom is falling from trees in the park, daffodils are filling gardens and hanging baskets are blooming with the bright joys of spring. At St James Care, our service users are vulnerable – and are isolated away…

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Social Distancing – keeping a healthy mind

Staying healthy and positive Due to restrictions set in place by the UK Government to combat Covid-19, some of our services have gone into hibernation. Projects such as ReFit help our service users the chance to find their way to a healthy and active mind….

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Support for SSJ from the Rotary Club of Southampton

We are delighted that the Rotary Club of Southampton has once again chosen to support SSJ. The funding will guarantee that the utility room at one our Supported accommodation projects in Southampton, can undergo a full refurbishment.

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Proud of our care and support workers

The tireless efforts of SSJ workers Last night, and quite rightly, the country came together to share their appreciation for the incredible work done by NHS staff members during the outbreak of Covid-19. We know how important care work is – especially in times like…

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Case Study: Re-Cycling to learn new skills

How our Re-Cycle Bikes project helps our service users adapt to a working environment Re-Cycle Bikes is a Southampton based bike recycling workshop that is run by volunteers. We aim to sell and services bikes at affordable prices and allow people to volunteer from both…

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Our International Women’s Day

A successful IWD for our female service users This weekend saw the first of our events taking place in Portsmouth and Hampshire to give our female service users the chance to enjoy what most women see as a normal event. The events have been made…

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National Lottery funding is a boost for Re-Fit

Re-Fit Boost The Society of St James is delighted to have been awarded funding from The National Lottery Community Fund for two projects in 2020 and we would like to thank the National Lottery and its players for their support.

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What do you know about the Café in The Park?

What do you know about the Café in The Park? You might know that it is based in Victoria Park, Portsmouth. You might also know that it is one of our social enterprises and that it has become a popular go-to place for people in…

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Vital SSJ documents to be translated thanks to offer of support

Translation made easy for SSJ We at SSJ are really excited about the offer of support from Luke and the team at TranslationServices.com to translate some of our essential support documents into various languages. This will help make our services even more accessible to our service…

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50th birthday celebrations raise money for SSJ

James chooses to support SSJ for his 50th We’ve posted about the many ways people have raised money for SSJ, but one, in particular, has come to the attention of the Society of St James. When approaching 2020, the year of his 50th birthday, James…

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IWD2020 – SSJ plans in full

We have finally confirmed all activities taking place for International Women’s Day. Our decision to hold events across the whole of the week, starting on Sunday 8th, was made so that we can give as many of our service users the chance to enjoy what…

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2020 – the year so far

It has been a very busy start to 2020 Coming off the back of our Christmas campaign, we wanted to try and find new ways to raise awareness about the work we do. We have spent the first two months of 2020 looking at new…

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International Women’s Day at SSJ

Events for IWD with SSJ Thanks to support from our partners Southern Co-op, and with funding from Ending Women’s Homelessness, SSJ are putting on a number of events for IWD, starting on March 8th and lasting the whole week.

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Case Study: Homeless Day Service

The first in a new series of case studies about our projects and services. This case study features our homeless day services. A day with The Society of St James’ Homeless Day Services First Impressions On an overcast Monday morning I find myself walking along…

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Acts of Kindness

One moment can change a life February 17th is #RandomActsOfKindnessDay, and it got me thinking about what I have done recently to offer help or support to somebody in need. How often we walk by people who look like they are in trouble, not wanting…

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Solent Concert Orchestra raising money for SSJ

We’re delighted that the Solent Concert Orchestra is supporting SSJ with it’s concert at All Saint’s Church, Freemantle, on 1st March.

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