Barnabas Blog Social and cultural commentary from the House


17 January 2018  
We believe it's really important, after a busy year, to take a moment to reflect and acknowledge everything you've achieved. For us 2017 was a year of collaboration. We worked with many fantastic people and organisations who share our values and our vision of creating a fairer London. We thought we'd share just a few of our highlights with you...

Rob and Victor; the value of mentoring

21 December 2017  
After Victor graduated from our second Employment Preparation Programme in August 2014, he and his mentor Rob focused on work and progression. The guidance and encouragement Victor received from Rob were instrumental in helping him on this journey, and although their official mentoring relationship ended in August 2015 they are in touch and still meet regularly.

The St Barnabas Address 2017: Charlie Dark

9 November 2017  
On Monday 1st October 2017, Charlie Dark gave the inaugural St Barnabas Address: an annual keynote on the subject of encouragement.

In a story that features his extraordinary Ghanaian mother, Tim Westwood, Malcolm McClaren and an inspiring supporting cast, Charlie weaves a compelling tale that goes from humble south London roots, on to private school, then to becoming an acclaimed record producer, DJ and latterly the creator of the mass running movement, Run Dem Crew. If you want to be uplifted, this is for you.

A chat with artist Denis Volpiana

6 November 2017  
Denis Volpiana recently exhibited his paintings in our beautiful Chapel, inviting visitors to join him in a spot of painting. Our Employment Academy participant working with our Art team caught up with him for a quick Q&A.

“It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.”

11 October 2017  
Enjoy some insightful musings from one of our wonderful members/mentors, Andrew Gerrard, after attending the Graduation ceremony of our 10th employment programme in August 2017.

Martin’s Story

3 October 2017  
Graduates such as Martin are now in employment because of your generous donations.

The man behind the canvas

21 September 2017  
The House of St Barnabas caught up with Samuel Bassett, the artist responsible for the rather large painting in our Library Bar, titled The Great Squall.
Looking to his roots in a world clogged up with synthetic stimulus, his work has more in common with ancients carvings than contemporary culture.

Thank you but not goodbye

8 September 2017  
Our Christine Hancock has stood down after 9 years as a Trustee. She was an early champion of what the house could be and was instrumental in founding our new model.  


21 August 2017  
On the Wednesday 9th August 2017, we celebrated our 10th Employment Programme Graduation! Jean's hilarious speech was the perfect comic relief to the tear-jerking sentiment of the occasion.

Participants’ plat du jour

17 July 2017  
This week our Employment Academy are taking over our club menu with a week of unique dishes inspired by happy memories. Nisha, our participant and Thursday's chef, has shared the recipe to give you a little taste of what's to come this week!