15 November 2016
HRH, Duke of Kent visits St Mungo's
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent
visited leading homeless charity St Mungo's this month to talk with
clients and staff at their renovated New Street Centre in St Judes,
where BMH's Sanctuary service is based.
His Royal Highness, who has been a patron of the charity since
2009, planted a commemorative tree in the urban garden at the
centre to grow alongside the beautiful wild flowers and plants that
the charity's Putting Down Roots team has cultivated over the last
His visit marked the reopening of the New Street Centre
following renovation and redesign. Corporate sponsors Tesco, Unite
Students and Barratt Homes generously supplied materials,
furnishings and staff time to transform the space which has
supported more than 270 clients over the last year.
St Mungo's has 22 projects across the city, providing outreach
to people who are rough sleeping, helping them to find a way off
the streets, and offering accommodation, skills and mental health
support services within the Bristol community.
Robert Napier CBE, Chair of St Mungo's Board, who hosted this
royal visit, said: "We were very proud to welcome His Royal
Highness The Duke of Kent and show him a snapshot of the services
St Mungo's offers to the people of Bristol.
"The New Street Centre is an important base for our work to end
homelessness and help people rebuild their lives. This was a great
opportunity for him to hear in person from clients how our services
are helping them recover and move on."
Barbara, former client and now a support worker within St
Mungo's women's services said: "The New Street Centre and the
Putting Down Roots project was the best thing I could have done to
aid my recovery. It came along during a very difficult time and it
helped me to focus on what I needed to do to recover. It's
wonderful that His Royal Highness The Duke came to see our services
and the great work that goes on every day."
Photo by Jimmy Image