My Week: Adam Rees fits plenty of work between rugby Tests

The outreach manager at St Mungo's recounts his week

Adam Rees
Adam Rees

Monday - As an Aussie in London, I'm keeping a low profile: our cricket team is in disarray and the Wallabies have lost to the Lions at rugby. I cycle to a meeting with our outreach team in Westminster. I will be speaking to all the teams today to catch up ahead of their night shifts. When I go to bed, they will be heading out onto the streets to offer support to rough sleepers. Others are on an early morning shift, following up referrals of new rough sleepers and working to help those still on the streets to access housing and healthcare.

Tuesday - A journalist from a Portuguese newspaper emails wanting to know how many Portuguese people are sleeping rough in London. This isn't the first such enquiry we've had from overseas. We had French and Japanese journalists visit our recovery college to find out about how it is helping homeless people.

Wednesday - I'm back in Westminster to meet MPs at the launch of our research report on rough sleepers. Two of our clients talk about how they became rough sleepers and how they found work and housing with our support. It's good to have MPs hear stories of what can go right for people as well as what can go wrong.

Thursday - I was up all night with my daughter who was not well, but thanks to a strong coffee I feel much brighter when I arrive at the office. We've been successful with our partners in a funding bid to link outreach services with statutory mental health services. This funding for new staff will help some of our most isolated people.

Friday - I receive an update on how well our Action Week has gone. People from all walks of life are getting behind our campaign No More, which aims to tackle the rise in rough sleeping, and the hashtag #NoMore has spread across Twitter. The next Test between the Wallabies and the Lions is tomorrow. If the weather holds, I'll fire up the barbie to celebrate victory and introduce my daughter to the wonders of charcoaled meat.

St Mungo's supports homeless people, mainly in London and the south of England.

Adam Rees is outreach manager at St Mungo's

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