St Martins were awarded £10,000 funding from Norfolk Community Foundation through the Covid-19 Local Resilience Fund to support homeless people during the outbreak.
Additional supplies have been purchased in recent weeks, including mobile handwashing stations across the charity’s accommodation projects and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for team members.
Mobile phones have been supplied for vulnerable people living in the community so that that charity’s support workers can keep in touch, as well as for people who were sleeping rough and are now in accommodation.
St Martins employs over 150 people, the majority of whom work on the frontline in accommodation projects that are staffed 24/7. Team members with underlying health conditions are being shielded during the covid 19 outbreak, so the use of agency staff has increased.
Chief Executive Dr Jan Sheldon said, “All our efforts at the moment are focused on keeping the people we support safe and also keeping our team members safe. Our costs have increased considerably in some areas, and this funding is really helpful; it will make a difference to the support we can provide”.
“The coronavirus has created some challenging circumstances but our commitment to supporting people out of homelessness is as strong as ever”.