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Help the Homeless - Covid-19 update June 2020

Help the Homeless - Covid-19 Update 12.6.2020

Sadly, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have had to temporarily pause the majority of our  `Help the Homeless` project.

However, once it is safe to do so, we will endeavour to continue providing the much needed support to the Homeless in our local area.

We have been informed by the Hope Centre that we are still unable to use their facilities to prepare hot meals at this time and are following Government guidance regarding what to do next.

 

Bringing Items Into School

PLEASE CAN I ASK THAT NO MORE ITEMS ARE BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL JUST YET - I am working on a way to safely collect and store any food or tea/coffee etc donations. Thank you.

 

What the project has achieved during the COVID-19 pandemic

In March 2020, we took our 8 large containers of food, drinks, clothing and anything else we had to the Hope Centre to be given out to the Homeless.

Our school also presented the Hope Centre with the cheque on behalf of the school for £320 raised by the generosity of the school community through the `Silly Socks Day` we enjoyed in February 2020.

The Hope Centre has sent it`s heartfelt thanks to everyone - this includes several of the regular Homeless folk we see who expressed their gratitude to the school community and project in general when the items and cheque were delivered.

In addition to this, with the help of everyone connected with the team, we have managed to provide the following for the Hope Centre during April-June 2020:

- 300 disposable paper cups, lots of coffee, tea, soup sachets, 35 x500g bags of sugar, lots of Costa Coffee cans, bag of socks, used 50 inch TV, sound bar, DVD player, many china mugs, few pot porridge, noodles, bag of spoons and several boxes of coffee 3-in 1s.

 

Moving Forwards

At the height of the pandemic, the Homeless in Northampton were offered accommodation in two hotels in the centre of Northampton. While this provided a welcome short term solution, unfortunately in the few weeks, the central funding for this is expected to come to an end which will mean these folk are likely to returning back onto the streets. The Hope Centre reported that many of them have made good progress both mentally and physically when given safe accommodation and do not relish the idea of returning back onto the streets. 

Currently, news reports are predicting that homelessness is going to increase as the UK economy suffers. It is worth remembering that homelessness can affect young and old from any gender, ethnicity or class. 

We are planning how to re-launch the project in a safe and sustainable way in the next few weeks and would really appreciate any material help you are able to give.

Adults might also want to get involved with the Hope Centre`s `Street by Street` campaign providing support for the Homeless over the next few months (see link on right side of this page).

Please watch put for updates on this page.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in any way with this project.

 Mr Hawkes and the Help the Homeless Team