Where it all began for Mayday

In 1976 probation Officer Michael Varah and Probation volunteer Jim Higgins formed Mayday Trust when they spotted a link between homelessness and re-offending. They aimed to break that cycle by providing accommodation and support to integrate ex-offenders back into the community.

Then in 1979 Mayday Trust registered as a charity supporting ex-offenders. Over the next 30 years Mayday trust expanded further into Warwickshire, and outwards into Northampton and Bedfordshire.

When it all changed

In 2011 Mayday was a medium size supported housing provider, trying to tackle homelessness. At this point Mayday asked the question – are the services that Mayday and other organisations are providing working? The answer, no.
From that moment onwards Mayday started its own transition, evolving into the unique organisation it is today.

Pat McArdle, Mayday Trust CEO, looks at Mayday’s transition in her blog We’re working to fix a broken System

Through Mayday’s journey it has explored and refined the problem, its vision and mission.


The Problem: The systematic institutionalisation of people going through tough times


The Vision: A world where systems work for people going through tough times


The Mission: To reconstruct the system by giving people going through tough times access to the PTS, whilst influencing others in the sector to adopt strength based, personalised approaches


Mayday’s Values

We see talent. We build on strengths, abilities and potential

No limits. Mayday sees no limits to what we can achieve as individuals or as an organisation

People first. Mayday works with people first, not labels. For us, it’s the individual that matters

Together. Mayday encourages partnerships with individuals groups and organisations that share our ideals

Every contribution counts. At Mayday everyone’s view, opinion and actions matter

Integrity. Mayday is passionately committed to being open, honest and trustworthy

Embracing diversity. Mayday will value and grow diversity, and explicitly challenge issues of inequality