inHope, along with many other homelessness charities across the UK, is facing the unprecedented challenge posed by the Coronavirus. The need to support homeless and vulnerable people has to be balanced with the need to ensure the health and well-being of all people involved with the charity.
inHope has to make decisions that will cause the least harm to people who use its projects and these decisions may vary daily in light of updated government guidance and local need. inHope is working alongside other homelessness charities in Bristol, to ensure that there is a coordinated response that provides as much help as possible.
Across the organisation there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus amongst service users, volunteers or staff. The following project updates are based on the need to minimise risk.
Wild Goose Drop-in Centre
- We are still planning to open a pop-up daytime drop-in at Stapleton Road Chapel throughout the refurbishment, starting 23rd March (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; 10.30am-12.30pm).
- Due to the Coronavirus, the mechanics of the pop-up service will be different to ensure that people are as safe as possible.
- Volunteers are still welcome to continue in their day-time roles, HOWEVER, any volunteer who is concerned about the Coronavirus because they consider themselves to be vulnerable, or because they care for somebody who is vulnerable, PLEASE STAY AT HOME.
- As per government guidance, anyone with a continuous cough or a high temperature, should self-isolate for 7 days. Anyone who lives with someone with these symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days.
- Because people who have been classed as vulnerable, as per government advice, are staying home, to be able to open and run the pop-up Wild Goose, we need more volunteers (those who are under 70, those who do not have chronic health problems, those who do not have symptoms and those who haven’t come in to contact with people with symptoms.) Please contact Steve Smith (Volunteer Coordinator – 07539 591 432 or [email protected]) ASAP if you are able to volunteer.
Spring of Hope
- Is temporarily closed whilst we reassess how we could open safely.
- The women who were staying when the outbreak happened have all been given alternative options by St Mungo’s, the Bristol City Council commissioned agency.
- Val and team will still provide day-time one-to-one support for vulnerable women by appointment. Tel: 07990 715 691.
- We will remain in contact with current volunteers and will let people know if we need more volunteers as things develop.
- All Life Recovery Groups are closed until further notice.
- The Life Course has stopped running until further notice.
- Current service users should stay in contact with their group leader and teams.
- Groups leaders and teams will be available as much as possible remotely via phone and email.
East Bristol Foodbank
- Outlets are currently open but only serving people at the door.
- Any current volunteers should follow the guidance above (see Wild Goose).
- Back-up volunteers are requested to provide cover for the outlets (see guidance above in Wild Goose section).
- The Foodbank is currently in need of Small Cereal Packets, UHT Milk and Instant Mash so that we can create pre-prepared food parcels, which could be delivered to people who are self-isolating.
- The Foodbank team may need additional volunteers to distribute both within the outlets/warehouse and possibly delivering directly to clients doorsteps. We will update you about this when and if.
- If you can donate food, the usual drop off points can be found via the website here: https://eastbristol.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/.