With the current government regulation, we have closed all our drop-ins and community recovery groups for the foreseeable future. We recognise that the people we support will be amongst those who are the most vulnerable to infection, and so don’t want to do anything to put their health at risk. More than this, we see it as an important duty on our part to stop the spread of infection as much as we can, and this means ceasing group settings as well as avoiding in person contact where not necessary.

We recognise that this is not an easy time for anyone, least of all those who are alone, have or are struggling with addiction, already struggle with social isolation and people who don’t have a permanent home. The vulnerable people we support are now even more vulnerable without their communities around them and the support that they receive from charities locally. We are not the only charity working with vulnerable groups who have been affected by these circumstances in this way, so the amount of loss of contact and support is bigger than just us. So let us be clear: we are still doing everything we safely can to support our participants.

We are offering one-to-one appointments and community groups groups virtually, to allow us to stay connected with our participants regularly and easily. It is so important to us that our participants don’t feel isolated from us despite having to be disconnected physically. We have also been able to provide phones and food essentials where required to help our participants stay connected and stay well.

Where possible and safe to do so, we are participating in Street Outreach to enable people who are disconnected and in need of support to find help and resources they might not have access to. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that it is still so important that we support and reach out to people who are more isolated.

It is still the vision of Street Connect to continue to connect with people. So we are doing everything within our means to allow us to do this, but this current climate is difficult and our funding is very limited. If you would like to partner with us in supporting this work, you can do this by giving to our Covid-19 campaign (below).

This page will be updated regularly to ensure this information is as current as possible.

Dec 1, 2020


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