James joined Housing Justice in September 2018. He was already a member of the Quality Mark Partner team and a regular at shelter forums. Previously, he had worked for two years for Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter, as Coordinator and then Project Keyworker, supporting guest move on and starting a Polish men’s employment group. He joined HJ to help shape systemic change in homelessness through the shelter network, and to mobilise churches, faith and grassroots groups. His highlight so far is supporting Brent Multi Faith Forum to run a successful pilot night shelter in early 2019, hosted at Muslim and Christian faith venues, in partnership with the council and commissioned outreach.

 

James lives in Acton, West London, and is a member of Acton Vale Missional Community, which is rooted in a local estate. He volunteers as Trustee of The Hope Centre community, a free café, set up for those experiencing homelessness, the lonely and marginalised. James completed a theological course, reflecting on practice of ministry at the margins. He likes singing in a choir, cricket, walking along the Thames, and keeping tropical fish.

 

James has had a varied career spanning different roles, in the private, public and charitable sectors. He has been a Youth Worker, working for a multi-disciplinary crisis team in Brent, to keep children and young people out of care and safely at home. He developed an alternative education project for teenagers excluded from school and an innovative programme of holiday club activities. He created BLAZE, a youth employability project in Acton, working in partnership with youth clubs and with employers through Business in the Community’s network.