Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust
Empowering young homeless women

News and Events

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9th Oct 2023

Pause For Thought: Michaela Youngson talks about Sybil Phoenix on BBC Radio

For 'Black History Month', Michaela Youngson spoke on Radio 2's daily 'Pause for Thought' segment about a song she heard one day on her car radio that reminded her of the time she met Sybil Phoenix. Her spoken word essay is titled "A denial of God's will".

Listen to the programme at the BBC Sound...

24th Oct 2022

Lewisham Legends: Sybil Phoenix

2022 is the year of Lewisham being the Borough of Culture, and among the projects celebrating the accomplishments of people in Lewisham is a series of murals painted in a variety of locations across the borough. The Lewisham Shopping Centre (also known as the  Riverdale Precinct) stands in the town...

22nd Jun 2022

Making Things Happen: Sybil Phoenix in Lewisham, 1985

Everything Sybil Phoenix does is about giving local youth a voice, and in 1985 she gave many young people in Brockley a place to explore the arts and express themselves with music, photography and drama when she began The Marsha Phoenix Arts Project here at MPMT. The Garden Studio became the hub of...

14th Oct 2021

The ‘Believe and Achieve’ Award, dedicated to Beverley-Anne Adams Mathurin

In memory of Bev Adams, a much loved support worker who died on 18 October 2020, we decided to institute a yearly award for residents who had made a significant improvement in their lives. Bev began an encouragement programme called ‘Believe and Achieve’ to encourage the young women here to push the...

14th Sep 2021

Big Changes at MPMT

Since 2020 we have had to institute major changes in the way Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust operates due to the Coronavirus, and although most of those changes have not been easy, the results have been great. Our service carries on as efficiently as ever, and we are serving our residents as well as b...

17th Nov 2020


The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted us, as it has everyone in 2020. We have stayed open, staffed and safe throughout. We particularly thank our dedicated staff group for helping this to happen and also the London Borough of Lewisham for their support.

Also thanks to our local community for don...

10th Sep 2020

Virtual Fun Run 2020

This year our annual Fun Relay Run for food has gone virtual! See below for details of how to get involved and help us riase funds for the food service:

16th Mar 2020

Comedy Fundraiser Night - March 13th 2020

This  event  was a night full of fun with  female-led comedy on Friday the 13th of March at the iconic Rivoli Ballroom in Crofton Park!

We would like to thank everyone who came along, our lovely organising team and the fantastic performers for helping us raise around £4k!

Also thanks to lo...