Marie-Jo Lasme, Matt Wright, Ieva Labanauskaite, Catherine, Angus Duprey and Stephen Williams
Ending Rough Sleeping
Marie-Jo Lasme has been volunteering for the Routes Home Service since November 2018, working with and supporting non-UK rough sleepers in London. She has volunteered for over 200 hours, supporting the service with a range of tasks from welfare checks to networking with relevant services in the UK and internationally, to general office and casework support.
Matt Wright has been a weekly volunteer since 2015, giving up hundreds of hours to assist the Night and Early Morning Outreach Team in Basildon and Thurrock. He has a wealth of local knowledge and a deep understanding of homelessness. He is a very committed volunteer who has made an invaluable contribution to the service, supporting staff and developing good relationships with clients.
Ieva Labanauskaite is a volunteer with the Camden Housing First team, working with some of the most challenging and complex clients. She uses her own experience of recovery to provide knowledge to staff members and empathy to clients. She is an inspiring role model to clients and her empathy, which puts clients at ease, makes her an invaluable asset to the team.
Catherine has ambitiously, and successfully, assisted to shape and build the Diversity and Inclusion programme and opportunities within St Mungo’s. She is instrumental in steering groups and meetings, actioning key objectives and pushing forward her views which have helped create strategies for the wider organisation. She is a previous client and continued to champion the organisation through her commitment as a volunteer.
Angus Duprey is a Recovery College volunteer, teaching 5 music groups per week and providing 2 afternoons of one to one tuition. His sessions are very popular, and he takes the time to plan them according to the students’ needs and wishes. He is self-sufficient and takes pride in the planning of his sessions, making him a hardworking and dedicated member of the team.
Stephen Williams is a volunteer with Putting Down Roots in Bristol, having previously come to the service as a client. He was always keen to learn and worked hard in the garden, and now shares his enthusiasm for the project through his role as a volunteer. He is a constant presence and is happy to help out with any job, a considerate and dedicated members of the team, ensuring that New Street Recovery College is a welcoming and enjoyable place to work.