Our chosen charities for 2018 are as Macmillan Cancer Support and The Connection at St Martin-in-the-fields.
By 2020, nearly 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. It is vital that no one faces this alone and support is available for people and their families when they need it most.
Macmillan provides services to support people with cancer and their loved ones from the moment they’re diagnosed, through their treatment and beyond. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if people just want to talk; Macmillan is there.
The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields helps over 4,500 homeless people a year to recover from the trauma of homelessness. Their centre is situated just off Trafalgar Square and they offer a range of services designed to tackle the root causes of someone’s homelessness.
Working around the clock, they provide immediate relief from homelessness with a free Night Centre, giving access to hot nutritious food, showers, a laundry, and a warm bed for the night. The drop-in Day Centre provides these services also, with the added benefit of on-site NHS professionals and a DWP benefits adviser.
Alongside these practical services, The Connection offers long-term support leading to housing, work and independence. Their Outreach teams go out on to the streets of Westminster every night to make contact with vulnerable rough sleepers and to offer them supported routes away from the streets. The Connection’s staff are specialised in addressing mental health, substance misuse, problem gambling, and a host of other needs. They also offer a specialist Employment & Training service which supports people back in to work – the most sustainable route out of homelessness.