Live From Marylebone
On 30 November 2021 BBC Radio 5 Live broadcasted live from the Marylebone Project for one of the station’s first on-location shows since lockdown. Presenter and journalist Naga Munchetty talked to both the staff and the women at the project about the incredible work that goes on day in and day out at the only centre in the UK that is open 24/7 for homeless women.
During the 1 hour and 43 minute broadcast Naga explored the whole of Marylebone’s building, leaving no stone unturned, discovering the whole journey homeless women go on, from the moment they walk through the doors through to being set up for life in independent living, with education, training and steady jobs and careers.
The show pulled back the curtain on the reality of life for homeless women in Central London and dispelled common misunderstandings about what homelessness is like for those who go through it. The staff talked passionately about their work and for many of the women it was their first opportunity to tell their story live on air. This in itself was a valuable step in their journey of reclaiming self-esteem and making their voices heard.
Listen to the Broadcast Here
“We are an unconditional, welcoming service for women…who come to us at that point of utter darkness, where they can’t see the next hour, or where that next meal is coming from. They have fled some horrendous situations that we can only imagine, and they find in us a sense of welcome and a sense of hope…we are trying to be that light-in-the-darkness for them.”
You can help!
Each year hundreds of women come through doors of the Marylebone Project seeking help. The Sanctuary is the Project’s newly relaunched drop-in centre which is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, providing refuge to homeless women in Central London whenever they need it. In order to keep The Sanctuary open all day, every day we need to raise an additional £1.5 million each year. The Sanctuary is a key part of wider plan in partnership with the Evening Standard to tackle homelessness in London. By setting up a regular gift today you can be part of ending homeless in London, for good.I want to give regularly to the Marylebone Project