With the current government advice to avoid social gatherings, 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 contact as far as possible.  

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 usSo let us be clear: we are still doing everything we safely can to support our participants.  

We are still offering one-to-one appointments where needed and are currently finding means of keeping in touch with people virtually. It is so important to us that our participants don’t feel isolated from us despite having to be disconnected physically. 

As it stands, we are still carrying on with street outreach amongst homeless people in Glasgow City Centre, but for how long we are able to continue this is another matter. We are hoping to gather as many phone numbers as possible to enable us to keep in touch with people during this time.  

Lastly, the current changes with coronavirus are putting large amounts of pressure on our staff team. We are experiencing a high volume of participants seeking support in one-to-one appointments and we want to help to support them further. We don’t yet know what this support will look like, it could mean providing practical support where possible through emergency items such as food and clothing, or providing time to see them and connect with them, or it could mean setting up a virtual platform to connect on – for it is still the vision of Street Connect to continue to connect with peopleBut this current climate is difficult and our funding is very limited. 

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

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