Duke of Kent visits leading homelessness charity in the city

November 24 2016

HRH The Duke of Kent visited leading homeless charity St Mungo’s in November to talk with clients and staff at their renovated New Street Centre in St Judes.

HRH The Duke of Kent visited leading homeless charity St Mungo’s in November to talk with clients and staff at their renovated New Street Centre in St Judes. 

The Duke, 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 two years.

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.”

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.”