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Date: 12/09/2017

Supporters of St Paul’s Hostel gathered with residents and staff to celebrate the opening of the new Stepping Stones garden at the Tallow Hill hostel.

Designed by RHS award-winning Garden Designer Christian Dowle, who lives in Malvern, the garden compliments the trauma informed care approach adopted by the homeless charity.
The opening ceremony showcased the wide range of services and activities on offer. Chair of Trustees, Claire Bridges, in her welcoming address, underlined how St Paul’s is embedding the trauma informed approach as fundamental to delivery of their mission.
Claire said: “We now have a Fusion Job Coach, an on-site Counsellor, a creative group, a Kitchen Assistant training programme and all staff have undergone trauma informed education with the University of Worcester.
“St Paul’s has been at the forefront of the relief of homelessness and we have adapted to remain as relevant today as 40 years ago.”
Andrea Borwell-Fox, President of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, was the guest of honour. She cut the ribbon to open the garden, completed with help from residents at the end of July. It was the first time she had visited St Paul’s but remarked on how welcoming the hostel felt. In her speech to the residents and guests, Andrea commented on the important work St Paul’s undertakes, referring to the prevalence of trauma in the lives of many people, including in the workplace, she urged business to recognise the impact of trauma and offer opportunities for employment for people at St Paul’s.
Guest were shown around and were briefed on the ambition to rejuvenate a small parcel of land overlooking Midland Road/Newtown Road junction to create a Kitchen Garden. They were also treated to a selection of poetry written by people who have used St Paul’s including the Poet with Passion, who will perform at the Worcester Music Festival between 15-17 September. Homemade cakes made by Filip, one of the Kitchen Assistants at St Paul’s, were served along with tea and coffee.
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