Our mission is to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives.
The Passage takes its values and ethos from the teachings and example of St Vincent De Paul, a Christian and social reformer, who co-founded the Daughters of Charity in 1633. Vincent believed in action rather than words and in hands-on service to vulnerable people.
As a Vincentian organisation, The Passage strives to be inclusive; encompassing a diverse and rich culture from among our members, clients, volunteers and staff. Actively working with others across all aspects of society, seeking to have influence and be an advocate for homeless people, The Passage seeks to be a place of hope, aspiration, change and innovation, underpinned by values that reach back over 400 years.
This approach is reflected in our core values:
- We assist homeless people to realise their own potential to transform their lives.
- We act with compassion and kindness.
- We are a voice for change and justice.
- We build relationships based on trust.
- We respect each other.
- We are straightforward in all our dealings.
- We believe in practical hands-on hard work.
- We collaborate across all sectors of society.
The Passage offers a wide range of services, all year round, to meet the needs of homeless and vulnerable people. Our aim is to help people to address the issues that have contributed to them becoming homeless, and to enable them to move on to live safe, happy and fulfilling lives.
Our services are split between our Resource Centre, which provides more immediate support, our three residential projects which provide accommodation while we secure long term solutions for people and our homelessness prevention projects which reduce the risk of repeat homelessness.
Why Work For Us
We offer an attractive salary and are proud to be a living wage employer. We are committed to paying competitive salaries but also recognise that many people are motivated by non-financial benefits.
We offer all staff the following benefits:
33 days holiday a year
Enhanced sick pay scheme
Contributory pension scheme
Death in service benefit of four times annual salary
Enhanced maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption policy
Employee assistance programme
Paid eye tests and up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses
Subsidised gym membership
Season ticket loan
Cycle to work scheme
Funding for job-related development plus learning and development opportunities
A range of optional social activities throughout the year
I have worked for The Passage for 20 years.
I had previous experience of working with homeless and wanted to continue. I started to volunteer with the homeless when I was in university and feel so lucky to be able to do something so close to my heart as a job. I first heard of The Passage through one of Princess Diana's private visits. I read up about The Passage and it struck me as a place that was really hands on.
I work as the Mentoring Co Ordinator which means I match clients who are looking for work with people from the corporate sector who support them in that journey.
"The Passage has a very supportive atmosphere and I can always ask a colleague to help. I meet a variety of different clients and often feel very humble by their experience. I also enjoy training the volunteers so they can carry out their role."
I have been passionately working with the Homeless at The Passage for the last eight years in various capacities.
I have a keen interest in homelessness and found The Passage to be one of the best organizations that join hand and heart in working towards delivering a best value service, accountability, passion and integrity towards all individuals including staff, clients and friends.
My current role is a Support Worker working with vulnerable adults from a wide spectrum of racial and cultural diversity.
I actively work at the Day centre, Passage House and Montfort House and can only say that everyone including the CEO express acts of benevolence.
"I believe and have seen transformed and changed lives. The organisation is committed to providing practical help and assistance, starting from the personal needs of the individual and acting with compassion, kindness and respect at all times and hold the mission statement in the highest regards."
The prospect of supporting people off the street and into sustainable housing is why I joined The Passage 5 years ago.
I work in a team that provides support for people living on the streets and work with homelessness services throughout Westminster to find the best way off the streets for our clients with complex needs.
"The Passage is a very special place to work. Clients are generally very nice people and are working towards getting their lives sorted. My colleagues are very supportive and we work well together."
I have worked for The Passage for most of 30 years (with three years spent in China)
I am a Chaplain; though I did not become a Chaplain until I returned from China in 2000. Before that I was a project worker. I believe deeply in the Christian ethos of the place and in the opportunity of an activity that expresses and promotes a Church that sees itself as poor and that walks beside some of the world's poor.
I have worked for The Passage for 11 and a half years, on three different projects. My goal was to move into the homelessness sector, transitioning from another career. I was troubled by rough sleeping and wanted to be able to make an active difference. I had applied for a number of jobs and as part of the research for one, I joined a faith-based group which was serving breakfast in the old Passage Day Centre, one Saturday back in 2006. This familiarised me with The Passage, and the Christian ethos was important to me. I wanted to begin in a frontline role where I could gain first-hand exposure to the experiences of homeless people and the options available to support them. So when a role became available in the Hospitality (now the Rough Sleeping) Team, I applied and was thankfully successful. Working in the centre for three years was rich, intense and rewarding, and very different from my previous work experience.
I now manage the Home for Good project. Home for Good is a London-wide resettlement support scheme, supporting people with experience of homelessness as they settle into a new area by encouraging meaningful activity and community involvement. We have a befriending scheme and Sunday Social Club.
Creating partnerships that are often rewarding and life changing for both clients and volunteers is a privilege
"I am fortunate to work with wonderful, supportive people who genuinely care. The sense of community at The Passage is strong, even when we are working remotely. After six years I am still excited to work on Home for Good as it is constantly evolving, while retaining a valuable ongoing community through the Social Club."
I have worked for The Passage for 2 years and joined because of the innovative aspect of an anti-slavery project in the homelessness sector. I coordinated the anti-slavery project for 2 years and now I manage the modern slavery service.
Supporting the most vulnerable following The Passage values is extremely rewarding at a personal level.