Charity Partnership with St Mungo’s Highlighting the Issue of Women’s Homelessness Wins Award

LONDON, 30 May 2013 - Thomson Reuters Elite and St Mungo's have won the Charity Partnership: Short Term award at the 2013 Business Charity Awards for their joint work on highlighting the issue of women's homelessness.

Thomson Reuters Elite and St Mungo's worked together for 18 months, including developing a major exhibition by international photographer Georgina Cranston entitled Where from? Where now?

Georgina worked with St Mungo's, visiting hostels, going out with outreach teams and meeting women rough sleeping or who had moved into their own accommodation, chronicling their experiences. The project culminated in an exhibition last November at the gallery@oxo on London’s South Bank.

Thomson Reuters Elite contributed £72,000 towards supporting St Mungo’s women’s strategy and Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign, which aims to get the right help to women at the right time. This included donations from the company itself and contributions from staff. More than 700 hours of staff time were devoted to helping to produce and publicise the project, with an estimated 3.2 million people either visiting the exhibition or finding out about it through media coverage and fundraising events.

The award recognised the project as an “outstanding partnership between a company and a charity.” One of the judges, Abigail Brady, social investment manager at Investec, said: "It was a really strong project with valuable benefits to both parties and a good legacy that could be made stronger with the direct involvement of policymakers."

Patrick Hurley, vice president at Thomson Reuters Elite, said, “We are thrilled that our partnership with St Mungo’s has been recognised in this way and hope that the general public and policy makers alike have been awakened to the issue of women’s homelessness. It was a pleasure to work alongside the team at St Mungo’s throughout the campaign and we wish them continued success in tackling this very important social issue.”

Alexia Murphy, St Mungo's lead on women's issues, said, "We are really delighted to win this award. It recognises the work of a partnership and project of which I am very proud. We worked closely with Georgina and the Thomson Reuters Elite team and the resulting exhibition is a powerful insight into the lives of homeless women. Their work will continue to help us raise awareness of the problems that women can face."

Where from? Where now? can be viewed online at www.wherefromwherenow.org.uk. Part of the exhibition is currently on view at Morden Hall Park, south London, until the end of June.

The Business Charity Awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by businesses in the UK to good causes. They are run by Third Sector magazine, with the support of CAF, the Charities Aid Foundation. The award is presented for the best partnership between a company and a charity that has lasted up to a year and a half.

About a quarter of St Mungo's 1,700 clients are women, and the charity has a three year strategy to improve its own women's services. In June 2012 St Mungo's launched an 18 month campaign, Rebuilding Shattered Lives, to raise awareness about women's homelessness, share good practice and drive lasting improvements to services across sectors.

For more information, email Gemma Hollingshead or telephone St Mungo's at 020 8762 5570.

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