1976 First Mayday Hostel

Probation Officer Michael Varah and Probation volunteer Jim Higgins formed Mayday Trust when they spotted a link between homelessness and reoffending. They aimed to break that cycle by providing accommodation and support to integrate ex-offenders back into the community

1979 Registered as a charity supporting ex-offenders

Over the next 30 years Mayday trust expanded further into Warwickshire, and outwards into Northampton and Bedfordshire

1999 Awarded Investors in People

Investors in People is the standard for better people management, the sign of a great employer with a clear commitment to implementing best practice to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results.

2000 awarded Double Tick disability symbol 

Successfully meeting the required five commitments and reviewing progress regularly against our objectives

2010 Accredited to ISO 9001 Quality Mark

Meeting the stringent criteria demonstrates our commitment to quality and independent verification of our methods

2011 Comprehensive review of services delivered by Mayday

In a growing climate of austerity Mayday Trust commissioned research to determine how effective current methods were and to find alternative ways of working to produce better results for homeless individuals to fit new and emerging financial models like payment by results

2013 Mayday starts proof of concept for Mayday Inspire

Mayday Inspire is the new approach to tackling homelessness designed using the findings of the comprehensive service review

2014 Dedicated trial of the new Mayday Inspire concept

Oxford Council commission a trial of the effectiveness of Mayday’s proposed new approach including systematic and quantifiable objectives and measurement

2015 Review of the Mayday Inspire trial

The full review of the results in Oxford show promising results

Working in partnership with the progressive trust, Lankelly Chase to change the face of UK homelessness

2016 New Mayday Inspire concept, is rolled out in Oxford

Based on the empirical evidence from the trial, Oxford Council close one of the hostels in their ‘homeless pathway’. They award Mayday contracts to provide support and replace this accommodation using the fundamental principles of Mayday Inspire.

2016 Innovation Partners invited to join the Mayday Inspire Model at Flagship Event

Organisations working with homelessness and social housing are invited to join Mayday Trust in rolling out their new approach at flagship launch events in London and Manchester