The Bridge Homelessness to Hope has announced that Jo Leslie has joined the charity’s Project Support Worker team to help Leicester’s homeless community.
Jo Leslie has previously experienced homelessness personally and will now support homeless guests at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope with case work, food services and outreach services.
Jo Leslie joins The Bridge Homelessness to Hope from London-based St Mungo’s where she was focused on homelessness and offender services. Previously, she has worked as a support worker for a food bank in Tower Hamlets, on a Restore Derby project with sex workers, part-funded by the Church Urban Fund, and in call centres. Jo has also volunteered on meal projects and winter night shelters, attended Bible College in the Netherlands and is currently training with the Church Army.
Commenting on her new appointment, Jo Leslie said: “Having previous lived experience of homelessness, I have some insight into some of the issues homeless people face. I am particularly indebted to those people who supported me during that difficult time and who got me back on the path back towards securing permanent accommodation and employment. Consequently, I feel passionately that everyone, regardless of their situation deserves to be treated with dignity and grace.
“The Bridge is a valuable service for those experiencing homelessness in Leicester, offering guests practical support; in a caring and non-judgmental way, which is what attracted me to the role. I am looking forward to serving the amazing guests who come to The Bridge.”
David Fawcett, Executive Operations Manager at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope said: “Jo brings a wealth of experience in the charity and voluntary sectors so we’re delighted to welcome her on board to join our existing Project Support Workers, Patrick and Karen. Together, they will provide an essential support service to our guests who remain some of the most marginalised and vulnerable in Leicester.”