St Mungo's is a homeless charity which has started in London in 1969. Today St Mungo’s helps thousands of people across London and the south of England, and have several women's units here in Haringey. Women In Tottenham are doing some work with them this year. One of their service users, Anna Maria Dipino, kindly shared with us some her experience of the support she has received from St Mungo's.
Where did you grow up and what did your parents do?
I grew up in Haringey and my father was a kitchen porter at Mount Pleasant Post Office in Farringdon and my Mum was a cleaner at a medical college.
Describe your relationship to Tottenham.
I support the football team!
Anna Maria Dipino
How did you get involved with St Mungos?
I was referred to the service by my care coordinator after spending time in a psychiatric hospital and recovery house in Fortis Green. I have been here since 22nd March this year.
Describe the support that St Mungo's has provided you.
I have two named support workers; Claire & Michelle who help me to sort out my benefit applications, and are people I can turn to when I feel angry. I feel that I have certain skills around independent living and will often take it upon myself to do jobs around the shared house that I live in.
What advice would you give to women who need the support from a service like St Mungo's?
Go for it! Don’t be afraid, because they are a fantastic charity. I am glad that I went through what I went through as I have met some amazing people who I am closer to than my biological family. My best friend has been there for me every step of the way, even though I sometimes don't treat her well.
As a woman, how do you think Tottenham has changed?
I feel that the area has changed for the worst. I feel that the ‘regeneration’ of the area has done nothing for local people.
Favourite thing to do in Tottenham?
I used to play women’s football at 684 High Rd, but unfortunately this facility closed down.
Photo Supplied: Anna Maria Dipino
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