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What is a 2020challenge?

When it comes to facing challenges, our service users know all about waking up each day with an obstacle to overcome. So when we were thinking about the best way to help vulnerable people in our care, we decided that it would be an interesting…

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Thank you to James and Phil

Oh Christmas Tree… Running a race in the middle of winter can be hard work, so imagine taking part in an event where you decide to carry a Christmas tree on your back to raise money for SSJ.

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Christmas Appeal update

“The generosity of our supporters knows no bounds” It is with great pleasure that we can today announce that we have reached the target of £5,000, which will go towards providing a hot meal for people at risk of homelessness this Christmas.

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Patsy, gone but not forgotten

We have a blog from our CEO, Trevor Pickup, about a former resident of Albert Road South – and what he means to us all. This blog was written in 2020, but has been republished to celebrate 50 years of SSJ.

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SSJ Christmas Campaign Music Video….Enjoy!

The Society of St James’ Christmas Campaign has been given a boost thanks to local band BEMIS, Mayfield Records and Tony Palmer Photo as they release a video in support of our campaign. 

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SSJ on BBC The World at One

Some of you may have heard the feature on BBC World at One yesterday, which focused on the difficulties had by our service users when it comes to finding a permanent place to live. The interview with SSJ service users begins 41 minutes in.

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Make a difference this Christmas

The Society of St James Christmas Campaign is now live, and we are looking to raise £5,000 to help vulnerable people in the area enjoy a better Christmas.

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Sleep Out 2019 – Thank you

We are delighted to have been pledged over £10,500 at our Sleep Out event in Portsmouth on Friday.  Thank you to our partners Southern Co-op, and our event supporters including, 2MV Logistics, Bishops Printers, Rapid Relief Team, Greggs, Starbucks, Mayfield Records, and MBE with whom…

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Proud of our Corporate Partners

This year we have worked hard to ensure that our corporate partners can really see what a difference they are making to vulnerable adults across Hampshire. We believe our partnerships have to be mutually beneficial providing funding, support and a raised profile for the charity;…

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Tampon Tax funding awarded to end women’s homelessness

The Society of St James is one of 29 charities across England to receive a grant from Homeless Link’s Ending Women’s Homelessness programme.  The grant is funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund and almost 200 organisations applied for a portion of the £1.85 million…

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Portsmouth helps make ‘Pay it Forward’ a success

Following the successful launch of the Pay It Forward initiative at our Portsmouth-based Café in the Park earlier this year we are delighted to report that the scheme has been a truly heart-warming success! We launched Pay It Forward at an event back in July…

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Are we one payday away from being homeless?

A blog from the CEO, Trevor Pickup. As the Chief Executive one of my tasks is sometimes to be part of an interview panel when we are recruiting.  When we interview candidates for a job in one of our housing projects, one of the interview…

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Cross Channel Challenge to raise money for SSJ

Good luck to the Shirley Swimming Pool Sea Dogs Ashley Christopher, Team Leader – Saints4Sports and Re-Fit, is taking part in an unenviable task to raise money for The Society of St James. Ashley, alongside fellow swimmers Chris Cole, Dave Perry, Luke Perry, Steve Hansford,…

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Southern Co-operative continue their support of SSJ

Southern Co-operative continue to support SSJ Southern Co-op colleagues have been working really hard to find different ways to support the work of the charity, and on Friday, it was the turn of Southern Co-op’s Chief Executive, Mark Smith and his senior leadership team. They…

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Enterprise Flex-E-Rent present cheque to SSJ

£2,000 raised to support new shared housing. Last Tuesday, (30th), Natalie and Helen from Enterprise Flexi-E-Rent presented SSJ chief exec Trevor Pickup and Operational Director, Nicky Wilsenham, with a £2,000 cheque to support the purchase of new shared houses for those with a history of…

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Portsmouth Community Pay It Forward!

Victoria Park in Portsmouth was buzzing last Tuesday as we launched a Pay It Forward initiative at our Social Enterprise Café in the Park. The launch was a huge success and we owe a big THANK YOU to our Southern Co-op partners whose head office selected…

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See you soon, Jane

This time last week we said ‘see you soon’ to a pivotal member of our Senior Management Team, Jane Smith. Jane first joined SSJ as an Operations Director in February 2008 and since then has been responsible for a wide variety of our projects, including…

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SSJ Wins Nationwide Community Grant

We are delighted to announce that SSJ has been successful in the Nationwide Community Grant Fund for 2019. Building society, Nationwide, has made £500,000 available to help support charities dealing with housing in the South West area. The successful projects were officially announced in April…

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Safer Communities Funding

SSJ’s Cafe in the Park Receives Safer Communities Funding. Those involved with SSJ’s Cafe in the Park in Portsmouth are delighted to have received another year of funding from the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund.  The Cafe is a supported work project…

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Join the team for ABP Southampton Marathon 2019

Join Team SSJ at this year’s Southampton ABP Marathon! When: Sunday 5th May Where: Starting in Guildhall Square, Southampton Register: Via the ABP website, here Our runners have helped raise over £15,000 in the last few years, all of which has helped us to provide…

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St James Care Rated ‘Outstanding’

When asked, ‘Is the service responsive to the needs of it’s clients?’, the Care Quality Commission have rated St James Care as Outstanding! During the most recent inspection by CQC – the independent regulator of health and social care in England, staff at our specialist…

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The Recovery All-Stars Rock At The AGM

Our 2018 AGM took place in the Markus Liebherr Lounge at St Mary’s Stadium on Thursday 25th October. With this year’s theme of ‘success’, guests shared in some of the achievements and successes clients and staff have made over the last twelve months. As well…

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Southampton Property Association hold charity dinner in aid of SSJ

In a fun filled evening at the Grand Harbour Hotel, the Southampton Property Association’s annual charity dinner raised an impressive £8,919.70 in aid of SSJ. We were delighted to be the beneficiaries of this event, which featured a Hollywood Glamour theme and a whole range…

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Support SSJ in the Rushmoor Community Lottery

Be in with the chance to win up to £25,000 each week! Created by Rushmoor Borough Council, Rushmoor Community Lottery gives you the opportunity to directly support local good causes, whilst being in with a real chance to win some money yourself. At just £1 per…

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Sweet Charity Choir raise the roof for SSJ

A huge thank you to Sweet Charity Choir who raised a fantastic £1,725.19 for us at the end of June 2018! In their debut performance at St James Road Methodist Church in Southampton, the choir’s Dorset Branch sang a range of songs across all genres, including…

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