About Maggs Day Centre

Maggs was founded in 1984 after a homeless man died after years of sleeping rough on the streets. His death prompted members of several local churches to get together and form an action group. Their work led to a day centre being created in the former St Albans church, dedicated to helping the homeless people of Worcester. It opened in 1985, just before Christmas.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary ServiceOver the last few years Maggs has helped more people than ever, as well as expanded in the scope of our work. We now go beyond providing just the basics, also providing support, training and practical assistance to help homeless people to rebuild their lives. For more information, please see how we help.

This is all made possible by our committed team of trustees, staff and volunteers. In 2016 Maggs Day Centre was recognised with The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service. This prestigious award is described as the MBE for volunteer groups.

Report and accounts

We are a registered charity and submit a detailed annual report and accounts to the Charity Commission each year. If you would like copies of our annual reports, accounts or list of trustees, please visit the Maggs Day Centre pages on the Charity Commission website. If you have problems using the link to the Charity Commission website, or require further information, please contact us.

Facts and figures

  • Maggs first opened on 21st December 1985 to look after people in Worcester who were homeless, vulnerably housed and socially isolated.
  • In 2014, 602 different people used the Day Centre. Compared with two years ago, this is an increase of over 23%.
  • Over 80% of the people who use Maggs Day Centre are male. They range in age from 18 to over 80. Our average age is 40.
  • The closure of the Worcester NHS Walk in Centre in 2014 prompted Maggs to conduct a survey about ways in which they could help improve the health and wellbeing of homeless people in Worcester. It found that 52% of those using Maggs had attended A&E at least once in the last 12 months.
  • The Queen’s Nursing Institute reports that “people sleeping rough have a rate of physical health problems two or three times greater than the general population”. Officially, a homeless person is five times more likely to use A&E than a member of the general population.
  • Improving care for homeless people reduces hospitalisation and A&E visits by 30%.
  • The Health Hub was launched in November 2014 with dentist, podiatrist, nurse, substance misuse services, and screening nurses.
  • In 2014 the clothing project served 263 different individuals.  In a social return on investment study conducted in 2013 it found that for every £1 spent on the clothing project, we save society £7.70.
  • The activity centre delivers education and skill training sessions.  Attendance at a these courses has increased year on year. Between January and March 2015, over 50 different individuals attended a wide range of education and skill development sessions. In a social return on investment study conducted in 2013 it found that for every £1 spent on the activity centre, we save society £2.68.

Partners

Maggs is funded wholly by donations from the local community, support from local businesses and grants from local and national trusts. We would particularly like to acknowledge the help and support of:

  • Our patron is the Bishop of Worcester, the Right Reverend Dr. John Inge. Worcester cathedral congregation has set-up a support group which helps with volunteering and fundraising events.
  • West Mercia Probation Trust.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau / Worcester Housing and Benefit Advice Centre
  • Workers Education Association
  • YMCA Worcester
  • St Pauls Hostel
  • South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • 6Towns Credit Union
  • Swanswell

The following grant-making trusts give us money:

  • Big Lottery
  • Eveson Trust
  • Help the Homeless
  • Henry Smith Charity
  • Lloyds TSB foundation
  • Rowlands Trust
  • Santander
  • Six Masters Charities
  • The Dumbreck Charity
  • The Hilden Charitable Trust
  • The Hopmarket Charities
  • The Ratcliffe Foundation
  • Tudor Trust
  • Worcester Municipal Charities

If your organisation or trust would like more information about Maggs, please contact our manager, Mel Kirk, on 01905 25027 or by email.