Royal Visit to Southampton Charity

Royal Visit to Southampton Charity

HRH The Princess Royal was in Southampton on Friday to officially open a care home of the Society of St James.

HRH met staff, residents and Board members and heard about the work of the charity.  She also cut a cake to celebrate the organisation’s 50th anniversary.

Trevor Pickup, the Chief Executive said “This visit has been a great encouragement to staff, who have worked incredibly hard over the last few years.  The words of encouragement from The Princess were really appreciated”.

The Society of St James provides specialist services for people with backgrounds of homelessness, substance misuse and mental health issues, and has projects in Southampton, Portsmouth and across Hampshire.

The Charity was founded in 1972 when it ran a night shelter in Bernard Street, Southampton and later a soup run.  Over the 50 years it has grown significantly and now houses over 500 people and provides support to an additional 1000 people, in a range of services.

Visit the Care Homes webpage to find out more.

Read a past story about Rodney, one of our Care Home residents.