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19 June 2019
Happy 40th St Martins! On 19 June 2019, St Martins celebrates 40 years since incorporated as a Housing Association under an industrial and provident society framework. Our roots are much deeper and go back to 1920. However,  we are proud to say that we have been an entirely independent, secular housing association for 40 years. During this time we have provided care and accommodation to a wide range of vulnerable people in London, working in partnership with local authorities and NHS Trusts. There will be a number of celebrations of our 40 year anniversary during the second half of 2019, which will be kick-started on 19 June with an event for staff to share memories and construct a timeline and narrative covering some of St Martins' many undertakings over the last four decades. Read more here.
02 April 2019
Dig Day at Bruce Grove Now that spring has sprung, a small group of staff and ex service users spent an afternoon in the garden at our Bruce Grove service. A number of large beds were weeded, and one planted with a furrow of potatoes. The large brick planter build by one of our service users was filled with earth and herbs and strawberries planted. A lot of broken glass and debris was cleared and safely disposed of. All in all, it was a good afternoon's work.
02 April 2019
Small jobs and enterprise St Martins' Co-production group, which includes staff and service user members from all our services, has begun 2019 by focusing on generating small jobs and enterprise. Service users are employed to do cleaning and gardening around our services. We are also developing some further roles which include giving motivational talks on psychiatric wards, for patients who are considering making a transition to living in the community. Another role we are currently discussing is a delivery person who can pick up free food as part of the Fare Share scheme we have signed up to.  We are also looking into how service users can sit on interview panels when we recruit new staff and join our professional assessors when they meet people in hospital who have been referred to St Martins.
02 April 2019
Ferrini House open days St Martins is holding open days during March and April for mental health professionals to come and see our newly refurbished home for men with complex mental health needs. Ferrini House is run as a Supported Living service and is staffed 24/7 by a multi-disciplinary team including Support & Recovery Workers, a Manager and Deputy Manager and a number of sessional workers providing specialised activities and support. Please see our page on Ferrini House and book an appointment to see the service with Luke Roberts luke@stmartinoftours.org.uk
14 February 2019
Ferrini House open days St Martins will hold two open days at Ferrini House, our new supported living service for men with complex mental health needs, on 15 and 28 March. This is an opportunity for commissioners, care teams, placement managers and potential service users to get a first look at the building St Martins have invested a significant amount in refurbishing. We are taking referrals to this service now. To find out more about Ferrini House, click here.

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