It’s been tough because I’ve had to put my pride aside. To ask for help was one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do in my life.”
The Covid-19 pandemic is still very much with us and we are far from returning to 'normal'. The safety of the 200+ people we support is paramount as well as the safety of the 150+ team members working with them. St Martins CEO Dr Jan Sheldon reflects on how to offer strong leadership through a crisis.
We feature in the June edition of Care Talk magazine about our work supporting some of the most vulnerable people in society.
"We had some fantastic performances but the one that stood out was Chloe Fisher who knocked nearly two minutes off her target time. Chloe asked that I donate the £50 to St Martins which I was really proud to do."
The pandemic has caused a huge amount of stress and anxiety, but it has also created the opportunity to prove that we care, to strengthen bonds and develop deeper trust.
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.
When the crisis is over and social distancing rules are relaxed what will happen to those people who have started to take baby steps on their road to recovery and a better life?When hotels want their rooms back and people return to a new version of normality will the people in those rooms be dispatched to the streets again?
The 2.6 Challenge, launches on Sunday, April 26 (which would have been the day of the London marathon, 26 miles, hence 2.6!) asks people to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise through sponsorship or simply by making a donation to their chosen charity.
Local boxer and student Ezra Arenyeka has set himself the challenge of running 10 miles every day for ten days to raise money for St Martins.
We are all working differently at the moment and today, 20th April, our CEO Jan recorded a message for our supporters to update you on how things are at St Martins.