St Petrocs receives emergency grant funding to support work during the Covid-19 crisis.

St Petrocs is delighted to have successfully secured emergency grant funding from Crisis. The Crisis ‘In This Together’ campaign is designed to deliver a grants programme which will support local homelessness organisations across the UK to respond to this emergency.

This funding will support the immediate, and long-term needs of St Petrocs clients as a consequence of this COVID-19 crisis.

We will now be able to assign a dedicated Crisis Worker to support our day to day services as we have unfortunately experienced an increase in the number of people who need our support. The crisis worker is up to date with all support and provision specifically relating to the impact of COVID-19 and will be able to provide specific support relating to the issues presented following this crisis. The worker will primarily support homeless individuals, particularly the hidden homeless (including those who are sofa surfing) and those at risk of becoming homeless to prevent them ending up on the streets. The role involves them working in a similar way to the model we have for our Outreach Services, except will specifically work with people who have recently been made homeless, who are at risk of becoming homeless, or who are sofa surfing and hidden homeless. The worker will cover the whole of Cornwall.

These funds will also help to support our current work and allow us to be able to provide food to residents in our accommodation and to those street homeless who have been temporarily accommodated in emergency accommodation. This will help where residents are struggling to access the items they require from the supermarkets. It will also help to fill big gaps in the food provision for homeless people where services such as the volunteer led breakfast and supper clubs, and even some food banks have had to be suspended. (Many of these projects have been suspended completely as many of the volunteers are over the age of 70, and therefore classed as vulnerable).

We will be able to ensure the provision of hand sanitiser to those who are still sleeping rough as they have no access to soap and running water. As a result of the pandemic many public toilets have closed, presenting a considerable problem for some individuals. We need to provide extra soap and fresh towels to our residents in our houses. We normally depend on donations dropped in, but due to the lockdown, people are unable to get these items to us.

The homelessness and housing sectors currently face a huge and unprecedented challenge and we are extremely grateful to be recognised for this emergency financial assistance, it is fantastic to be represented by an organisation who cares as much as Crisis.