As Scotland emerges from full lockdown in the coming weeks and enters Phase 1, I wanted to let you know what this looks like for us and how your support has helped us through the pandemic so far. We so appreciate your decision to stand with us and support the vulnerable people we serve. 

Since March all of our drop-in cafes and community groups have been shut. We have instead offered one-to-one support, food parcels, essential shopping/prescription pick ups and Zoom meetings including Bible study and recovery groups. These ways of meeting will continue but we are now fully equipped with PPE allowing us to reach out to those who still face the usual and the more unusual pandemic dangers on the street. As ever, we need your help to maintain our vision that nobody should feel isolated or lonely as a result of the situation we are all in.

As we step out into this new world together we recognise that this has been an incredibly hard time for many people. There have been times of great sadness, frustration and isolation despite our best efforts as a charity. We don't want to neglect anyone who is struggling with addiction, social isolation or sleeping rough at this time or any time. Loss of face-to-face contact has been mitigated a little by the use of mobile phones and technology but please join me in praying for ways to ameliorate the pressure of isolation and the frustration of lack of services felt by so many. We are still doing everything that is permissible and safe to support our participants. We have a few new initiatives running to offer befriending by letter and a prayer support network, if you'd like to volunteer for these roles please get in touch.

As the country moves forward together and our work routines and home routines become more settled and normal, please do consider where Street Connect fits into that reality - can you afford to give a monthly gift? Can you provide a slot at your church service for a virtual speaker? Or could you take part in a socially distant challenge event? Our website has details of all these opportunities. Let's work together to eliminate fear, show God's endless love and push away the sadness. With your support we can each out and provide support, safety and solace. 

These are tough and unprecedented times, but we recognise that is important – now more than ever – to stand as a community. To unite to protect those who are vulnerable. To show love, for love is the antidote to fear. 

Please stand with us now to support those who need it the most.