Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader Green Party, visits St Paul's Hostel

17 October 2016

St. Paul's Hostel is a direct access hostel, meaning that if they have vacancies and you are successfully referred either by the Council, or by a self-referral, they will offer you a room. St Paul's exists to provide accommodation and support to single homeless people within Worcester City and around the county. As well as the main 46 bed hostel it also operates a 'dry' house, a substance misuse service for street drinkers, rough sleeper outreach, resettlement services and a 'gateway' service known as Worcestershire LinkUp.

Jonathan Bartley joined Green County Councillor, Matthew Jenkins, and Local Green Activist, Jane Moorhouse to visit St Paul's CEO Jonathan Sutton to learn more about the work of the hostel. Jonathan Sutton summed up his philosophy in three points:

  1. That the hostel residents were there not because they were homeless but because of a host of background reasons often stretching back into their childhood and breakdowns in relationships.
  2. The hostel could not run on just well meaning volunteers, their work requires trained. motivated professional staff.
  3. That to be successful we need to remove the "us and them" mentality and stand with the hostel residents to support them better. 

Jonathan Bartley at St Paul's Hostel

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Green Party Meetings

Come along to our monthly meeting to discuss our plans for Worcester and Worcestershire. Our next meeting starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th October in The Paul Pry pub (back room) on The Butts, WR1 3PA. It would be great to see some new people.

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