Word on the Street: Friends, Community and Family (part three)

In the last edition of Word on the Street we thought about the different that friendship can make. In particular, we reflected on how the nature and impact of our work changes when we think about those who we work for and with, as friends rather than colleagues, clients or customers. And while that may sound challenging enough our aim …

Happy Birthday Chapel St!

Chapel St celebrated an important milestone last week – we turned 7 years old! We marked the occasion with cake and more importantly, by holding a very special event at Central Hall, Westminster on Wed 4th November. Staff, volunteers and supporters, (including long time supporter) MP Stephen Timms attended the commemoration service. During the evening we heard about the work …

Top Tips For New Mums

For many mums with a newborn, the phrase ‘sleeping like a baby’ does not mean hours of peaceful sleep – in fact it’s usually quite the opposite! Here are our top tips for getting that much needed rest in those early months: 1. Rest while you feed Whether you’re breast-feeding or bottle-feeding, new-borns require regular feeding. At first, it can …

Word on the Street: Friends, Community and Family. Part Two

A few weeks ago we looked at the transformative power of friendship. While it may seem easier, and more professional, to treat those we work with as children, parents, carers, clients, residents, volunteers or staff, this isn’t enough for an organisation that aspires to build radical relationships. The story I recounted last time was of a Catholic bishop who visited …

Word of the Street: Friends, Family, Community. Part One

Last week I attended a vigil on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. On a cool September evening people of different faiths and backgrounds offered London’s warmest welcome to some of the world’s most troubled children and families. As the banner reads, “Refugees are Welcome!” Among many religious and civic leaders, a Catholic bishop addressed the crowd. Only a few weeks …

Word on the Street

It’s not every day that one gets to go to No. 10 for tea but yesterday Aredi Pitsiaeli, Elizabeth Haddock, Liz Russo and I attended a reception at Downing Street. Following drinks, nibbles and chatter with colleagues the Prime Minister popped in to say thank you to the charities represented. As a result it is now my pleasure to pass …

Show me the way to go home

A few weeks ago I took Toby, my ten year old son on an adventure. After a day of cycling, climbing, and swimming we headed for a Guest House in my home town of Portsmouth. Months earlier a sense of nostalgia had gripped me as I booked our accommodation. As a result I ended up booking a Bed and Breakfast …

Word on the St: Live, help and wonder

I was recently invited to take part in a local arts festival. I used to be a musician but retired due to letters from music lovers everywhere. Unsurprisingly, the festival organisers didn’t want me to blow away the cobwebs from my old trombone but rather take part in a debate. The point for debate was whether you can have a …