Our Homeless Drop-in is now open from 10.30am to 2.30pm every Wednesday and Friday. The increased opening hours help us to spread individual appointments over a longer time, while being able to offer more of our services to rough sleepers, including showers, laundry, clothes and non-perishable food to take away.
Update 18 October 2021 – We have recently begun to offer a 2-course hot lunch prepared by a small band of our wonderful volunteers. Tea/coffee/biscuits and toast are also available.
Despite the removal of government statutory restrictions in July, we are still keeping to our present hours for the time being. This is so we can help as many people as possible while still maintaining social distancing, the wearing of masks and all the other measures we currently have in place. We will also continue to offer lateral flow tests for staff, volunteers and service users.
Our service users
With the government’s hotel accommodation scheme for homeless people now ended, sadly we expect to see more people returning to rough sleeping.
The deadline for EU citizens in the UK to apply for Settled Status ended on 30 June, which led to a huge amount of work right up to the final day. Our staff are still working hard with those with partial settled status but, despite our best endeavours, some service users did not meet the deadline. They will now lose access to medical services and the right to work, and face the prospect of deportation.