Projects update – coronavirus.

Wild Goose Drop-in Centre

Today (23rd March) was day 1 of the Wild Goose pop-up service during the renovation of Carpenter House (AKA Sprucing the Goose!). Due to the #coronavirus pandemic we have had to do things differently than we had planned. Service users were brilliant and queued calmly, received food and health advise, and then moved on. We are serving #homeless and vulnerable people as best and as safely as we can, at Stapleton Road Chapel, 10:30am – 12:30pm, every week day except Tuesdays.

⚠️ WE NEED YOUR HELP IN TWO WAYS PLEASE ⚠️
1. If you can volunteer, please contact the Wild Goose volunteer coordinator, Steve Smith, on 07539 591432 / [email protected]
2. We need the following donations to enable non-contamination:
– NEW PLASTIC BAGS TO MAKE UP FOOD BAGS.
– DISPOSABLE CUPS (PAPER OR PLASTIC).
– SUGAR SACHETS FOR COFFEE & TEA.
Donations can be dropped to Andy K (07815 701611) at Stapleton Road Chapel between 10am – 12:30pm, every week day except Tuesdays.
Homeless and vulnerable people in #Bristol need your/our help more than ever! ✝️

  • 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.
  • Understandably, a lot of our volunteers and a couple of Wild Goose staff members are self-isolating due to underlying health conditions and age.

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.

Life Recovery

  • 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, tinned potatoes, long life fruit juice 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/.

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