London, like many cities across the world, is an exciting and stimulating place. However for some, it is a place to go when things have gone profoundly wrong and there is nowhere else.
When people are on the edge, homeless, isolated and in despair there must be a place to turn. The Connection at St Martin’s is there to be with people as they overcome that isolation, recover and move on to a meaningful, fulfilling life.
We work with people, not for them, to help them to recognise their strengths and talents, improve their wellbeing, learn new skills and increase their confidence – a process which is vital on their journey towards recovery.
We also recognise the value and expertise our clients can bring to The Connection. This is why we have adopted co-production – including clients in the design, delivery and evaluation of our services – as a fundamental part of our service delivery.
However, this is not enough. The experiences of people on the edge matter. Their story must be told to those in a position of power and influence, so that homelessness, exclusion and isolation are not acceptable features of life in the UK.
The Connection at St. Martin’s empowers those who are on the edges of society to take control of their lives by:
- Providing practical support in an active environment designed to help people to recognise their own strengths, recover from crisis and move on;
- Collaborating with others who share our vision and mission not just in London, but other parts of the UK and the world;
- Sharing our learning with others, to deepen our own understanding and create a more socially just society for those on the margins.
We work with not for people, starting with their strengths, talents and ability to shape their own future. We value healthy relationships and open communication. We believe that with the right support, people can find a future that’s better than the present.
We provide an accessible environment and celebrate diversity. We are open for those who have been excluded from everywhere else.
We are always learning, sharing our experiences and collaborating with others to ensure we understand emerging needs and maximise our opportunities. We engage with our clients help to develop, deliver and evaluate our work.
We hold realistic expectations about ourselves, one another, our clients and our partners. We acknowledge both positive and negative experiences compassionately and without pre-judgement.
We go the extra mile to address need. We challenge decisions that adversely affect people on the edge. We pioneer new approaches to address homelessness and its underlying causes. We do not walk away from people when they don’t evidence the outcomes we want or expect.