Marsh Volunteer Awards with St Mungo’s

This is a new Award run in partnership with St Mungo’s recognising some of the organisation’s hundreds of volunteers who support people recovering from homelessness.

From providing outreach services to rough sleepers, to running activity groups and offering information and advice, St Mungo’s' volunteers offer invaluable support to clients.

St Mungo’s helps people recover from the issues that create homelessness and to rebuild their lives. They provide a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and work to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.

The 2015 winners are Maria Overton, Jyoti Kujur, Clare Branigan, Caz Riley & Jen Burnham

Overall Winner – Maria Overton

Maria volunteers with the Old Theatre, a hostel for rough sleepers who also face alcohol and drug abuse issues, mental health illness and are some of the most marginalised and hard to reach members of society. Maria runs a weekly group where she breaks down these barriers and engages with residents, supporting them in their journey to recovery. She arranges a variety of activities for the group, from bowling to visiting the London Eye.

Maria has an approachable and positive manner and her support is greatly appreciated by the residents. One of the residents has been quoted saying she is ‘Extremely helpful, caring, an amazing person to work with. She finds time against the odds to help any of us at the Old Theatre.’

Outstanding Achievement – Jyoti Kujur

Jyoti volunteers with the Ealing Outreach Team, providing support to rough sleepers on the street. She originally volunteered with clients with complex immigration issues – predominantly Indian migrants becoming an integral part of the team as the main Hindi/Punjabi speaking volunteer. Jyoti also volunteers during weekdays with clients, regularly accompanies clients to GP appointments, the Indian High Commission, Home office and drug and alcohol services.

Outstanding achievement - Clare Branigan

Clare volunteers with St Mungo’s Broadway’s Haringey West Mental Health Support Service, working with people with ill mental health and many of whom are recovering from addiction and physical health issues.

Clare runs three activity sessions a week focused on supporting people in recovery. At the weekly Cookery Club Clare supports clients with preparing a meal, shopping for ingredients and budgeting. Through the Women’s Group Claire brings together female clients, offering them a safe and women-only space. The weekly Breakfast club is an opportunity for people to meet in a welcoming environment.

South West Winner – Caz Riley

Caz started volunteering with the Compass Centre in Bristol, whilst still recovering from homelessness and addiction herself. She started out by working in the café and then moved to reception and hospitality, becoming an integral part of the front of house team. More recently, Caz has taken up a more specialist role working with a criminal justice worker in the Outreach Team. Caz has a friendly and compassionate approach and has helped the team to work with clients on various projects. She has made an impressive personal journey, helping others along the way.

Marsh Award for Outstanding Commitment – Jen Burnham

This is an Award which was only presented this year to celebrate one of St Mungo’s Broadway’s most longstanding volunteers. Jen Burnham is an art volunteer at the Argyle Street project in London and a tremendous driving force behind the client-led Homeless Diamonds arts magazine. She has been a volunteer for 18 years and her contributions to supporting people recovering from homelessness to rebuild their lives are exemplary.


St Mungo's
3 Thomas More Square
Tower Hill



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