Supporting people who are rough sleeping during the pandemic
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shell’s support focused on providing food for those in emergency accommodation. Today, our focus is on helping keep The Connection’s centre open safely and supporting people into longer-term housing.
Shell has a long-standing relationship with the homelessness charity The Connection at St Martin’s, which helps thousands of people every year to move away from, and stay off, the streets of London.
The last year has thrown up all sorts of new challenges for the charity – not least having to temporarily close their doors and support people into emergency accommodation. People without a home are in poorer health than most of the population and are more likely to report having chronic diseases such as asthma, heart problems and strokes. Across Westminster, 350 people were able to self-isolate safely in emergency accommodation. In the early days of the pandemic, Shell provided food to The Connection to help prepare up to 1,000 meals a day.
Now that The Connection’s centre has reopened, our support has moved to two other key areas. The first is supporting their housing and resettlement team, which provides guidance and practical support to help people get off the streets and into long term accommodation. This covers funding of everything from legal services through to providing basic kit to help people get settled into a new home, such as bedding and toiletries.
The other area of our focus has been health and safety measures for their centre in the West End and new accommodation project. Our support is funding a wide range of COVID safety measures, from no-touch thermometers to extra cleaning schedules and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the year ahead. This support is crucial to helping keep those using the services, and The Connection’s staff, safe.
To find out more about the incredible work of The Connection at St Martin visit their website.
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