Since the coronavirus restrictions came into force in March this year our frontline support to rough sleepers has been integrated within a city-wide, multi-agency approach, that enables the distribution of hot nutritious meals and bottled water to the homeless and rough sleepers seven nights a week.
Our volunteers are responsible for distributing the food and water every Friday and Sunday evening and supervising the operations when other charities distribute meals during the other 5 days a week.
In addition to this we are also providing essential care packs to the homeless living in temporary housing on a weekly basis. These packs include vital hygiene provisions, dry food rations and, upon request, basic new clothing. Without the care packs, the beneficiaries would struggle to sustain themselves on one hot meal a day and would have little or no opportunity to access hygiene provisions to protect them from the virus.
The people in the hotels are immensely grateful for our support as reflected in a recent survey.