Charities supporting the vulnerable, including the homeless, are currently in desperate need of extra funds to support their operations – in particular, for deliveries, shelter, fuel and food:
- Foodcycle has moved from providing hot meals at St Paul’s church for the vulnerable to providing a takeaway/delivery service. Donate here.
- North Paddington Food Bank – particularly needs funds for fuel for deliveries and food. They also need two full delivery drivers and administrators. Donate here
- Fareshare – a charity which collects food from hotels and other businesses and redistributes to those in need. Donate here
- WLM Seymour Place Night Centre – which helps homeless people who are close to the job market or already working but can’t afford to pay rent and live in their own accommodation – has been suspended in consultation with Westminster City Council, with all service users being redirected to a hotel with all their expenses covered by WLM. Please consider donating to help them continue to provide services to these very vulnerable groups during this period. Donate here
- St Mungo’s – offers beds and support to some of our most vulnerable people, and works to prevent and support homelessness and recovery. In these current circumstances St Mungo’s knows that homeless people are far more likely to have health problems that put them at a higher risk of getting ill as a result of coronavirus. With the cancellation of its usual fundraising activity, St Mungo’s is desperately trying to raise funds and vital supplies to help support this vulnerable group of people. Donate here
- StreetLink – if you are concerned about someone sleeping rough refer them via StreetLink to help connect them with local services. This is even more crucial now there are less people on the streets being able to refer rough sleepers to StreetLink
Other ways you can help:
- Newpin Family Nursery – a charity nursery for families in the Church Street area. They support low income families who are looking after children at home, many with very limited resources. They need donations of paper, coloured paper, card, pens, pencils, rulers or any office supplies that can be used for making contact Kate
- Penfold Community Hub – a community centre that supports the over 50s in the nearby Church Street area, particularly those who are vulnerable. With their users now home isolating, they need virtual classes to help them to keep a sense of community and tackle the challenge of isolation. To donate or suggest a virtual classes, which could be exercise, meditation and creative classes contact Kate
- St Mary’s Hospital – the local hospital responding to coronavirus. They are in need of wellbeing boxes for the staff who are working long hours or can’t go home due to family members self isolating. Items needed in the boxes include toothbrushes and toothpaste, hand cream, shampoo and conditioner etc. They are also in need of bottled water and snacks for those workers. If you are a local business and can donate items in bulk contact Kate
- From Hearts to Homes – aiming to pair local volunteers with members of the Church Street community to support them during coronavirus. They need financial support for bags of shopping
- University of Westminster Covid19 Response Fund – to support students that do not have the infrastructure, finances or support to study during this period find out more here
- Support from companies with a delivery capacity to help with food and pharmacy deliveries – if you or one of your contacts might be able to help contact Kate
- Young Westminster Foundation – is seeking donations for two initiatives from local businesses. Laptops and IT devices – many vulnerable families do not have access to IT devices which means that teachers and youth workers are unable to adequately support children pastorally or academically. And activity packs – to complement comprehensive online support youth clubs are distributing activity packs to families including games, arts and crafts. Contact Kate
- Clothing donations to support charities – if you or one of your contacts might be able to help contact Kate
- Food donations to support food banks – if you or one of your contacts might be able to help contact Kate
Perhaps consider donating your train fare for this week if you’re working from home?
Please do get in touch with our Smarter Giving Manager, Kate if:
- You are based locally and would like to volunteer your time to assist with deliveries and practical support
- You are unable to get in to the Quarter but interested in volunteering your time to call the elderly or isolated
We are co-ordinating with our local charities, Westminster City Council, local residents, Marylebone Association and St. Mary’s Hospital to ensure assistance is focused where it is most needed.
Helping Key Workers
Westminster City Council are asking businesses if they can help provide parking and PPE for Key Workers.
The Council needs to find more parking for key workers such as health care professionals, GPs and Pharmacies and this need is likely to increase over the coming weeks. All offers will be considered by the Council’s parking teams and would be gratefully received.
Urgent Call for PPE Equipment
Businesses who hold stock of Personal Protection Equipment – such as face masks, gloves, overshoes, hairnets, aprons – and are not using them are being asked if they can offer these for use by the Council’s critical services. They are grateful to food outlets and others who have already offered these up. This need is critical and increasing.