Message from Julian House
The Bath & North East Somerset Homeless Partnership are meeting regularly to limit the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on rough sleepers and others in housing need. So far, rough sleepers are very aware of the risks, are keeping good hygiene and have access to hand sanitizer following an appeal by Julian House. There are opportunities for rough sleepers to self-isolate if needed.
At the time of writing, the biggest challenge is keeping services open when staff and volunteers are affected and need to self-isolate for 7-14 days. This is having an impact and the Julian House hostel on Manvers Street is being treated as a critical service. All services are working together, determined to keep supporting rough sleepers and those in housing need.
The Homeless Partnership continue to meet weekly and are responding to government guidance. They have put in place arrangements to ensure full and open communication between all the agencies involved, including a dedicated WhatsApp group.
Please continue to report rough sleepers via www.streetlink.org.uk but be assured that the Julian House, DHI and mental health team have all stepped up the frequency of outreach sessions and are out on the streets regularly.
If you have any questions, please direct them in the first instance to Roanne Wootten, Chair of the Homelessness Partnership on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please support the Julian House Coronavirus support fund so that they can undertake deep cleaning where necessary, hardship payments for those who have difficulties with their benefits and purchasing extra supplies of towels and bulk cleaning products. Phone credits so that they can help clients to stay in touch with support workers and health professionals. Plus anything else that will ease the impact on clients including food for clients who have to self-isolate.