The St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity helps homeless and vulnerably housed people. We are best known for our annual BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields. The money we raise directly supports people through The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields and across the UK through the Vicar’s Relief Fund (VRF) and the Frontline Network.
BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields
For over 90 years the BBC and St Martin-in-the-Fields have partnered to raise support from Radio 4 listeners to help homeless and vulnerably housed people. In the last two years the Appeal has raised over £5 million. The money we raise directly supports people through The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields and across the UK through the Vicar’s Relief Fund (VRF) and the Frontline Network.
Vicar’s Relief Fund
The Vicar’s Relief Fund helps homeless and vulnerably housed people through small-sum, rapid response grants to prevent eviction, access accommodation or set up home. The average size of grant is £250, with grant requests usually processed within 1-3 days. Grants are given to individuals across the UK through frontline workers.
We will provide grants for:
- Preventing eviction – Rent arrears, service charge arrears, Debt Relief Orders and bankruptcy fees or money to pay for a hoarding clean up.
- Accessing accommodation – Rent deposits, rent in advance, admin fees, ID, or temporary accommodation costs.
- Setting up home – Household goods or moving costs.
St Martin’s Frontline Network
The St Martin’s Frontline Network exists to harness the ideas, energy and experience of those at the frontline working with homeless and vulnerably housed people. We do this by building relationships, sharing best practice, developing solutions and communicating the experience and views of the frontline.
The Frontline Network is based on the recognition that frontline workers are a key asset in tackling homeless and housing issues in the UK, and yet they can often be under-resourced in their organisations and their voices unheard by key decision-makers.
Aims of the Frontline Network:
- Create a space for frontline workers to share experience and expertise
- Provide resources for frontline workers which enable them to reach better outcomes for their clients
- Highlight best practice within the sector.
- Ensure the voices of frontline workers are heard by funders and decision-makers
We develop partnerships with other organisations to deliver local events for frontline workers. These focus on building links between people and services, to share best practice, expertise and experience on common issues. The Network also operates at a national level through the website www.frontlinenetwork.org.uk to provide free resources including a Forum and Ideas Board, to fund innovative, creative solutions from the frontline.
The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields
The Connection is London’s busiest homelessness charity supporting people away from the streets through specialist services including: a day and night centre, street outreach, help finding employment, specialist mental health and addiction support.
Our address is:
London WC2N 4JJ
Telephone 020 7766 5521
Information about our staff and our trustees can be found here.