Charity appoints new external auditor

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A homelessness charity which provides accommodation and support to more than 2,500 people a year in Hampshire has appointed an external auditor.

The Society of St James approached Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and investment management group, after hearing about the firm’s work with housing associations and charities.

Formed in 1972, the charity works with people who often have diverse and complex issues surrounding substance and alcohol addiction and mental health problems.

Trevor Pickup, the charity’s chief executive, said: ‘Smith & Williamson comes highly recommended, given its highly relevant experience of working in the social housing sector.’

Services across Portsmouth, Southampton and the wider area include supported housing, with 338 bed spaces, outreach and help with addictions and mental health.

The Society of St James also recently won three new contracts in Portsmouth, working with people with substance misuse services, homeless young people and a psycho-social drugs service.

Employing around 250 people, the Society of St James has an annual budget of £7m.