20th March 2020

Dear Members,

It is with a very heavy heart that I write to let you know that our wonderful House of St Barnabas is now closed until further notice.

While the club is closed, our priority remains supporting graduates from our Employment Academy, many of whom had made great progress in their lives and are now finding themselves at risk of being out of work. Our Employment Academy team is in touch with all of our graduates to understand their individual circumstances so we can offer all of the practical support and guidance that we can.

How we will continue to support you

Your membership is still open. The House of St Barnabas goes far beyond our four walls, and we know you need community more than ever. We’re busy creating plans to keep our community connected, inspired and entertained from afar during the closure period. Keep an eye on your inboxes and our social media channels for more about this soon.

How you can continue to support our mission 

We’ve been really touched to hear from many of you who, despite facing uncertainty and worry yourselves, have asked us how you can help. In time, we’ll be able to share more about how you can help our participants and graduates, but for now there’s one simple ask. Can you make a donation to support our work? Our graduates see us as a trusted friend and we’re being inundated with requests for help. For those in a precarious position, you can help us support them to make sure they don’t fall back into homelessness. If you can, please donate here.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for being members and supporting us to break the cycle of homelessless. I would also like to thank our brilliant team in the Club and in the Charity who have worked  with dedication, commitment and charm to make us the special place that we are. The House is almost 300 years old and has been operating as a charity since 1862. It’s weathered some rocky times. We’ll be drawing on all of its resilience to help us move through this challenging period.

In the meantime, please take care of yourself. This is such a strange and difficult time for all of us and we hope that you are all staying safe and sane through the uncertainty.

From Rosie and all of the team at the House of St Barnabas.

Rosie Ferguson

Chief Executive