News and Blog

Find out more about what's going on at Jimmy's from our residents, staff and volunteers

Jimmy's Christmas Donations

Please click to see further information on how you can support us this Christmas/Winter period.

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Winter provision 2021/22

As winter draws in, we just wanted to say that we are fully open to support anyone who may find themselves homeless – providing accommodation, sleeping bags, food as well as ongoing and tailored support to those in need.

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New Modular Homes Research from Cambridge University

This research – conducted by the University of Cambridge – shows that access to our modular homes alongside wraparound support have helped our residents improve their health, relationships and finances, and end the cycle of homelessness.

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Jimmy's Cambridge - Community Engagement

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NEWS RELEASE

6 MORE MODULAR HOMES LAUNCHED OFFERING LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES TO FORMER ROUGH SLEEPERS

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World Book Day

One question am asked is what did you do with your days whilst in Jimmy's. Well apart from the usual round of DWP appointments, sorting out some personal issues and going for walks around Cambridge what do you do when the majority of what you have is time ?

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The story of ex-resident Paul Longhurst

Paul was very much a larger than life character, he was very tall and staff were always afraid he would hit his head on the ceiling as he came down the stairs to enter the night shelter (as it was then) but he never did. We have no idea how he actually managed to fit in the bunk beds when Jimmy’s had the small dorms back in the day, but he did.

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Jimmy's Annual Report 2019-20

We are pleased to publish our Annual Report for Financial Year 2019/2020. Detailing our activities and achievements over the year, including our community work, resident case studies to highlight our work with them, our approach to fundraising and our plans for the future.

The report provides an insight into a year at Jimmy's with further information about Trustees, finance, our values and strategic focus. We hope the report is informative and highlights both our work and future commitment in providing a path out of homelessness to those who need our services.

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The story of ex-resident John Dempsey

John was a resident in our night shelter days. He was originally from Scotland and his mother could not cope with him and his sisters, as a result John and his two sisters ended up in an orphanage in Scotland.

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Of course there are people who care! - A volunteer blog

Back in March, it was really hard to tell how the pandemic would have played out, and in some respects it still is. Back then, we shared a feeling of worry and a sense that we couldn’t do very much as individuals to help those around us and ourselves. Helping is something that can take many forms and looking back I am mostly thankful to friends for the emotional support we gave each other in those days. Those conversations often tended towards the big question: “What can we do?”

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NEWS RELEASE

FORMER ROUGH SLEEPERS LOOK FORWARD TO CHRISTMAS IN NEW MODULAR HOMES IN CAMBRIDGE.

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JIMMY'S FIRST E-NEWSLETTER

Supporting Jimmy’s Winter Campaign will help us run services through the winter and expand our activity throughout 2021 – providing accommodation, support and training that helps individuals to escape homelessness.

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Jimmy's Christmas Wish List

Every year we are so thankful to everyone in the community who comes together to collect items for Jimmy's. This enables us to give our guests an enjoyable Christmas at what can be a very difficult time for people. Thank you in advance for supporting us this Christmas. It means a lot.


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Special Announcement for World Homeless Day

For World Homeless Day, which happens on the 10th October every year, Jimmy’s Cambridge announces it has joined up with Cambridge City Council and the Hill Group to launch new modular homes across the city for people who are experiencing homelessness.

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Lockdown in Jimmy's Houses

Working with those people that are living in our move on houses is very dependant on social contact and support – weekly catch up visits, either they to us or us checking in on them. Accompanying them to doctors, jobcentre, or even just a shopping trip, is a big part of our roles as Housing Support Workers.

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Harry's Story

"I would never have imagined this life, that someone like me could end up street homeless, reliant on the kindness and support of others; but without Jimmy’s I do not know where I would be now. They took me from street to shelter to house to home".

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A day in the life of a resident

When Sam and I meet on a Friday in early June, he had just woken up from his extended mid-day sleep. He looks disheveled but seems happy, a little bit shy but approachable and very keen to talk to me. We actually meet to discuss the modular homes that Sam is supposed to move into some time in the future, but we end up also talking about Covid-19 and how the lockdown had been for him.

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A day in the life of Ros - Volunteer Co-ordinator

"I often become a listening ear for people. I feel privileged that people see something in me that makes them think: I feel okay and comfortable opening up to this person and talking.”

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A day in the life of Teresa

Teresa is always around, spreading her good spirits and energy. She picks up the small dog, cuddles him, gives him a treat, jokes around with him before returning to the kitchen. Everyone knows Teresa and she is likely the one that newcomers at Jimmy’s get to know quickly. Looking out into the lounge out of her abode, the kitchen, she sees everything and everyone.

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Interview with Matt Wiseman - Housing Support Worker

“I am kind of adjusted now – getting used to working at home, not getting the train to work […] and things feel like they are more under control now.” When I call Matt Wiseman, one of the housing support workers at Jimmy’s, he seems calm and optimistic.

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A Volunteers View

Thank you for asking me to do a blog it’s a great way to keep everyone connected and still feel involved during the Covid 19 restrictions.

I am really missing volunteering at Jimmy’s during this lockdown as I have been part of the Jimmy’s family for so long and love going in and doing my bit in the kitchen, preparing and serving the dinners, and more recently helping on reception too.

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Barry takes us back to the beginning

Twenty-five years ago, like minded Cambridge individuals, inspired by one man, got together and set out a vision to propose and set up Cambridge's first all year round nightshelter. This was in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on our city streets. Out of this rose Jimmy's Nightshelter, named after the inspirational Jimmy Dilley, formed by hard-working, community spirited partners and individuals to reflect the need to offer hope, protection and support some of the most vulnerable people in society, hosted and housed through the generosity of the Zion Baptist Church.

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