Our ethos

We seek to empower our service users to find solutions to their own problems, provide advice, guidance and support to keep them in their own homes, families and work and give them access to opportunities that will maintain and enrich their lives. The reasons why people become homeless are often complex and therefore our clients come from many different backgrounds.

Any problems a client may have are exacerbated if they become homeless. Health, educational and employment prospects rapidly decline. Many homeless people are serially excluded and have a litany of failed tenancies behind them, one of our primary objectives is to address problems from the root cause.  This is difficult and time-consuming work, for each of our clients who are written off there often lies a story. An ordinary life changed by bereavement, relationship breakdown or sexual abuse, can lead to a dizzying spiral of drink and drugs resulting in homelessness. Many have chaotic lifestyles with complex needs characterized as `revolving door’ and `dual diagnosis’ (mental health/substance misuse issues), with a history of failed tenancies. They also have poor self confidence, dignity and self esteem, resulting in isolation and a lack of integration in their local community. A revolving door of failed tenancies is the invariable consequence of their lifestyles

There is a danger that crude and insensitive interventions will fail these clients. Appropriate care packages and support, when necessary, signposting to specialist services can be a catalyst in the life of a troubled individual.

Our aim is to assist people to help themselves. Service Users would benefit from learning to cook rather than been given food handouts. We believe in maximising people’s potential! Our healthy eating life-skills sessions can address obesity which has wider social and economic implications. 

Each failed tenancy is estimated by Shelter to cost between £1,500 and £4,000 and makes revolving door homelessness one of the key issues within social policy.  We seek to assist those in poor quality private/public tenancies to take control of their own lives.

Each liver transplant we prevent can save health services £50,000. The cost to the NHS of alcohol misuse has been estimated at £2.7 billion each year.  St. George’s House Charity allows service users to address alcohol and substance misuse addiction in a holistic community setting. Reduction in bed blocking saving an estimated £650 a day.

Each re-offender we prevent saves £36,000 a year, working with prolific, priority and  offenders makes sense!