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 come 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, on the winter solstice.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

As a result of Covid, Maggs has adapted and redeveloped the working model for the day cetnre, whose main focus is breakfasts and individual support to address issues.

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 support people in Worcester who were homeless, vulnerably housed or socially isolated.
  • In 2020, 623 different people used our services.
  • Over 80% of the people who use Maggs Day Centre are male.
  • 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%.
  • In 2020 we set up Maggs Accommodation Project to provide six placements with support for up to six months, to develop the skills to maintain a home independently.
  • Our outreach team, MOATS, has the mission to engage the unengaged. In 2020 they worked with 150 people across the county.
  • Our Navigation team works intensively with those who are motivated to find a home. They provide intensive support and in 2020 helped 162 people.
  • 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.

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
  • YMCA Worcester
  • St Pauls Hostel
  • South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Cranstoun
  • Worcester City Council
  • Worcestershire CCP – Caring for Communities and People

The following grant-making trusts give us money:

  • Big Lottery
  • Eveson Trust
  • Rowlands Trust
  • Six Masters Charities
  • The Dumbreck Charity
  • Worcester Municipal Charities
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation

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