Mayor of London visits the Marylebone Project
News Release: 20 December 2016
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, visited the Marylebone Project yesterday to find out more about Church Army’s work in empowering homeless women living in London.
During the visit, the Mayor chatted with the project’s Patron, Ellie Goulding and Church Army Chief Executive, Mark Russell and met some of the residents that are being helped by the project.
Mr Khan was given a tour around the building before he and Ellie tucked into some delicious chocolate cake made by the vulnerable women at the project’s social enterprise and catering service, Munch in Marylebone.
After the visit, some of the Marylebone Project’s staff and residents were invited to the Mayor’s Christmas Carol Service at Southwark Cathedral, where one of the formerly homeless women being helped by the project read a Bible passage before a packed audience. Pop star Ellie Goulding also attended the event, singing along to the nation’s most loved Christmas carols.
The Mayor said: "Rising levels of homelessness and rough sleeping in London are beyond shameful in one of the richest cities in the world and it's a sad fact that for years some of London's most vulnerable people have been let down and ignored.”
"Homelessness is a complicated problem and it will take time to turn things around, but I'm determined we do everything we can to support people from becoming homeless and help them if they do.”
"Rough sleeping can be very dangerous, and homeless women are particularly vulnerable to abuse, which is why the specialist services provided by places like the Marylebone Project are much needed."
Mark Russell said: "I'm thrilled to welcome the Mayor and our Patron Ellie Goulding to Church Army's Marylebone Project.”
“This amazing centre serves hundreds of homeless women each year. It is literally a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable people in the capital, providing support, advice, training and most of all, a safe place to call home.”
“More and more women depend on us and the Mayor’s and Ellie's support makes such a difference."
Last year, the Marylebone Project settled 86 formerly homeless women into independent living. The project also provided more than 40,000 bed nights to vulnerable women and supported some 300 women a week through its day centre during 2016.
Caption (above): The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the project's Patron, Ellie Goulding (centre) pose with the staff and residents of the Marylebone Project during yesterday's visit. Photo courtesy of Press Association.
(below): The Mayor invited Ellie and some of the staff and residents along to his Christmas Carol Service at Southwark Cathedral after visiting the project yesterday. Photo courtesy of Press Association.
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