Dennis Rogers Receives MBE

Groundswell Timeline / 2019

On Tuesday 19th March 2019 the Duke of Cambridge presented the MBE medal to Dennis, one of Groundswell’s Case Workers. Dennis joined Groundswell in 2010 as a peer advocate – he was one of the first volunteers to trailblaze the peer advocacy approach to helping homeless people address their health problems.

Dennis who slept rough for over 10 years shortly joined the Groundswell team as a member of staff. Through sheer determination and the ability to build a relationship with anyone Dennis has helped hundreds of men and women experiencing homelessness across London address their health issues and begin their journey of out of homelessness.

“I looked up to Jimmy [the late Jimmy Carlson OBE who was a volunteer and trustee of Groundswell who had previously been homeless]. He was my role model. I feel privileged, I’m very honoured with it all. I’m really glad that Groundswell gave me the chance you know, I was prepared to volunteer volunteer volunteer, I didn’t think no one was going to employ me, but I like what I do.”

Dennis Rogers MBE