Our vision is of a society where street homelessness no longer exists, and everyone has a place to call home.
Meet our Chief Executive
Mick Clarke has been Chief Executive at The Passage since 2009.
Mick started his career as a youth worker, later moving into work with young people who had experienced homelessness. He worked for several homelessness organisations before joining The Passage and is currently a member of the Advisory Panel for the Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
As Chief Executive of The Passage Mick is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring that The Passage grows and develops to meet the ever changing needs of our clients.
Our Royal Patron – HRH The Prince of Wales
The Prince of Wales became Royal Patron of The Passage in February 2019. He first visited in 1993 with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales. In the years since, he has visited many times, both publicly and also in a private capacity to spend time with the people that The Passage helps.
To mark the 40th anniversary of The Passage in 2021, The Prince attended a special event at our St Vincent’s Centre to meet clients, volunteers and staff and to hear about their experiences on the frontline of ending homelessness. He also took part in a special awards ceremony to recognise the outstanding contributions and achievements of those involved with The Passage.
Speaking at the event, The Prince said: “Over the many years that I have visited The Passage, first with my mother when I was just a small boy, I have developed a great affection for you all. Every time I come here, I am touched by the warmth and friendliness, and the dignity and respect you to show to everyone who comes through your door. I am always so impressed to see and hear the difference that The Passage makes to the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness. Thank you to everyone for your continuous work.”
Our Patron – Cardinal Vincent Nichols Archbishop of Westminster
The founders of The Passage were The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and Cardinal Basil Hume.
Our current Patron is Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, who joined us in 2009.
On being appointed as Archbishop of Westminster he took on the duties of Patron of The Passage. As soon as he was appointed Archbishop Vincent was keen to visit The Passage and spend time in the Resource Centre getting to talk to those we support.