Our Impact

Person cutting out mandala at art group (image from behind subject so not identifiable)
Regular art groups at our resource centre are a chance to relax and be creative

The Connection at St Martin’s supports hundreds of people every year to move off the streets of London. We do this by tackling the underlying causes of rough sleeping as well as offering practical help. 2020/21 was the most incredible year like no other for us all. For people sleeping rough, they faced huge upheaval and change. They showed incredible resilience and with the support of our dedicated staff and partners, many were able to come inside for the first time and receive the wraparound care that’s vital for recovery.

  • All forms of homelessness damage people’s health and wellbeing, both immediately and over the long term, stopping them from achieving their potential.The most severe and visible form of homelessness is rough sleeping. People who are rough sleeping might be bedded down on the street, or in other open spaces or places, such as doorways, stairwells, parks or buildings
  • We are based just off the Strand in Westminster, the most concentrated area of rough sleeping in the UK. Westminster has consistently been the local authority with the highest number of people sleeping rough since 2010 with 242 people estimated to be sleeping rough here in autumn 2020 and 187 people in 2021.
  • Last year, during the pandemic, over 1,100 people who were homeless or rough sleeping were supported by The Connection to move away from the streets of London.
  • With night shelters closed, 168 guests were housed safely in emergency hotels during the first lockdown and 77 guests were welcomed to The Bridge hotel which opened in October 2020
  • We welcomed over 500 people to our resource centre at Adelaide Street during the pandemic after it reopened in the summer of 2020.
  • Our team worked intensively to support 203 individuals to move off the streets and into accommodation

  • Our pioneering daytime Street Engagement Team worked with over 316 of the most vulnerable people – many of whom were not in contact with any support services before us.
  • Our specialist housing and resettlement services helped 304 people with housing advice and mental health support in person and remotely.

    To find out more about how we worked with people sleeping rough and experiencing homelessness during 2020/21, read our Annual Report and Accounts.