Events

We hold a range of events to inform about homelessness, engage people in supporting the Connection, and to raise money. All upcoming events are listed below with more information and how to get involved.

Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride 2020 – with a difference!
If you are a regular cyclist, come and join us over the August Bank Holiday and help raise vital funds to support The Connection’s work with homeless people. Since 2008, a group of cyclists have spent the August Bank Holiday following the route of the Queen Eleanor Crosses from Harby, near Lincoln to Charing Cross and Westminster Abbey in London. This year, the QECR Committee has decided reluctantly that we cannot safely hold the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride 2020 in the normal way, while social distancing restrictions are in place.

However, since the need to support the Connection’s work with homeless and vulnerable people is still as vital as ever, we are challenging cyclists to ride the QECR 2020 in their home areas. Over the usual August Bank Holiday weekend, 28-31 August, we are asking participants to commit to cycling a total of 200 miles (the length of the QECR route) in a series of daily routes of their choosing, returning home each night. Or you could choose to cycle a shorter distance if you prefer. For more information, and to register for the Ride, follow the link below.

Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride 2020 (28 – 31 August 2020)

Virtual Pilgrimage 2020 The Connection at St. Martin’s
For the last 29 years, The Connection at St Martin’s Annual Pilgrimage has helped raise money to help thousands of people recover from homelessness. Hundreds of walkers take part; getting fit, reflecting on their lives and the lives of others, and of course helping the homeless community as they do. This year is (of course) a little different – and we are excited to introduce our first ever Virtual Pilgrimage! For more information, and to register for the Ride, follow the link below.

Virtual Pilgrimage 2020 The Connection at St. Martin’s (throughout August 2020)

Friends’ Day 26 September 2020
This year Friends’ Day was already scheduled to take place later than is traditional, so as to avoid the hottest weather. This year Friends Day will take place as planned on the afternoon of Saturday 26 September, but because of Covid-19, will be a virtual event, using Zoom videoconferencing software. This will allow many more Friends to participate, especially those who live some way from London, as you can take part from the comfort of your own home, with no need to travel! This will help us all to minimise the risks we face from Covid-19.

The Friends Day event will include a presentation from Pam Orchard, Chief Executive of The Connection, as well as a filmed, narrated tour of the organisation’s premises to show the changes that have been made to keep clients and staff safe. We will also speak with clients about their journeys and their experiences over recent months, as The Connection has supported them through the pandemic. The event will, as usual, include our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Friends’ Day 2020 (26 September 2020)