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In the City

19 September 2014

ST ANDREW-by-the-Wardrobe is in the heart of the City of London; its parish includes the site of the old Blackfriars' monastery. It has a legacy of close involvement with the abolitionist movement; for a previous Rector, the Revd William Goode, was a contemporary and fellow-abolitionist with William Wilberforce; and, for many years, the church was also the meeting-point for the Church Missionary Society.

So, mindful of this heritage, members of the congregation of St Andrew's (above) recently marked the legacy of its abolitionist past with a service and a charity fête. It was an occasion when they could highlight the charities with which they have strong links, especially Suited and Booted, a charity that operates out of St Andrew's. It provides business clothing and interview coaching for men who are referred by public agencies and charities when they have the offer of a job interview or work placement.

Suited and Booted works with a number of city institutions that can provide mentors, interview trainers and volunteers, and also provide donated suits and accessories.

Other charities with which St Andrew's has a close involvement are Kahaila, a community café in Tower Hamlets that helps vulnerable women, including women from Holloway Prison, and victims of trafficking; Spear, an initiative of Resurgo Trust, which offers a free six-week employability course for unemployed 16-to-24-year olds that tackles practical and attitudinal barriers; and the Hackney Foodbank.

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