Open Door Coronavirus Update
Emergency accommodation (Canonsgrove Student Halls of Residence, Trull) has been set up for our street homeless by the council, to facilitate social distancing and self-isolation. Here everyone has individual rooms and bathrooms with support staff available 24/7. At Canonsgrove each individual has access to substance misuse support, mental health support and health care where needed.
Open Door continues to fully support our clients and we are providing them with a nutritious cooked meal and a dessert each day. These meals are made at the centre then taken up to Canonsgrove. Volunteers are working with strict social distancing measures and the number of people at the centre is kept to a bare minimum. We are working in partnership to provide meals with the Salvation Army, who are providing breakfast and afternoon tea / supper.
At Open Door staff are available between 9:30 and 12:45 for those who become newly homeless, to support, help direct and refer in the right direction. The front hallway is now a reception area where people can come in out of the cold, to chat through the glass, in order to minimise social contact. We are working hard not to encourage others to unnecessarily visit Open Door and therefore we have asked that only essential food items are dropped off to the centre. Thankfully, we have a great clothing store which is capable of clothing our clients on for the time being.
We would like to thank you all for your ongoing support in this very difficult time. We are hugely grateful for the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters who are working tirelessly to make menus and delicious well-balanced meals.
We would like also to give thanks to our Trustees who continue to support us and are working hard behind the scenes.
Please contact us if you require any further information.