Maggs Day Centre helps people experiencing homelessness in Worcester and Bishop John is Patron. Trustee Clive Skidmore explains more about their work:
We don’t know who Jamie Smith is, or anything about him, except that he wrote this poem and gave it to a stranger who had given him a pound.
The poem ended up being published on the internet, the original is handwritten on a scrap of paper. You can see it on this webpage.
What happened to Jamie? We don't know. Did he get the break he longed for or is he still living on the streets? Or was he one of the 688 people who died on the streets in 2020?
At Maggs Day Centre we help people like Jamie. People with potential and with talents who are experiencing homelessness. Our aim is to rebuild their confidence, help them deal with the issues that hold them back, find a home and rejoin mainstream society.
We operate outreach services across the county, two day centres one in Worcester and one in Malvern, a health hub in Worcester and clothing project, and in the last 18 months we have we have set up a housing project accommodating 21 rough sleepers with support to develop the skills to maintain a home independently.
You can donate at our website where you can read more about our work or via cheque (Maggs Day Centre) C/o Mel Kirk, Maggs Annexe, 59-60 The Tything, Worcester, WR1 1JT.
Maggs Day Centre is also looking for more Trustees - if you think you could help, find more information by downloading this flyer.