Catholic Life

Providence Row celebrates 150 years of helping

From left to right: Simon Bartley, chairman of Providence Row, Sister Winefride Biddle, volunteer, Sister Bernadette Glynn, volunteer and Jo Ansell, CEO

On Wednesday June 30 Providence Row opened its doors to the public and celebrated 150 years of helping homeless people.

The open day offered supporters, members of the charitable sector and the local community the chance to find out more about the charity’s work with homeless and vulnerable people in London. Tours of the Dellow Day Centre in London E1 were provided, along with a chance to meet the staff and partner organisations they work with.

Simon Bartley, Providence Row’s chairman, and Sister Winefride Biddle, longest serving volunteer, also unveiled a plaque which commemorates the 150th anniversary.

Jo Ansell, chief executive, said: “Today was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our achievements and introduce new supporters to the services we offer. The social landscape has changed a huge amount in the last 150 years and we’re proud that we’ve been able to adapt and continue to help anyone that needs our services.”

On July 1 the charity again opened its doors, this time to its homeless clients, offering a barbeque and cake to celebrate the anniversary.