Our Story

The information contained in this short history is taken from interviews conducted by oral historian Verusca Calabria between November 2015 and May 2016.

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  • 1920

    The Catholic Fund for Homeless and Destitute Men opens its first hostel in Holland Park.

  • 1938

    Bishop Myers congratulates the Catholic Fund for placing 300 men in work.

    1938

  • 1950

    To avoid closure of the Holland Park hostel, the Catholic Fund begins a long campaign of fundraising through church collections.

  • david

    David Bartley

    Trustee of the Catholic Fund 1960s until closure. Chair of St Martin of Tours 1978-2003

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  • 1960

    The Catholic Fund buys a derelict chapel in Islington and begins converting it into another hostel called St Martin of Tours House.

  • andrew

    Andrew Wells

    Social worker at St Martins 1978-1980

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  • becky

    Becky Wells

    The Catholic Fund for Homeless and Destitute Men opens its first hostel in Holland Park.

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  • annalee

    Annalee Curran

    Wife of the late Martin Curran, Director at St Martins, 1975-1984

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  • 1978

    The Catholic Fund decides that St Martins needs to become a secular housing association.

  • tim

    Tim Mould

    Social worker at St Martins 1978-1980

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  • Ruth Curran Crawley

    Ruth Curran Crawley

    Daughter of the late Martin Curran, Director at St Martins, 1975-1984

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  • 1920

    The Catholic Fund for Homeless and Destitute Men opens its first hostel in Holland Park.

    1920

  • 1989

    St Martins begins offering accommodation for women in Archway.

  • anabel

    Anabel Palmer

    Former Chair of St Martin of Tours, 1987-1990

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  • catherine

    Catherine Cox

    Former Service User and Member of the Board of Trustees, 2007-Current

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  • 2003

    St Martins opens a number of supporting people projects across London.

    2003

  • godwin

    Godwin Letsu

    Former Manager of Ferrini House at the time of the interview, now Manager of Chalkhill Road – 2000 – Current

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  • john

    John Thompson

    Chief Executive 2004-2020

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  • 2012

    St Martins opens a mental health care home in west London to add to services in north, east and south London.

  • 2016

    St Martins opens its first dual diagnosis service for men with learning disabilities and mental health need.

    2016

  • terry

    Terry Page

    Former service user (1978 and 2006-2014)

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