A STATEMENT ISSUED JOINTLY BY CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL, CATCHING LIVES AND PORCHLIGHT
With regard to the current public health situation we, the organisations who are most involved with helping homeless people, Rough sleepers, or other groups would like to let people of Canterbury District know what we are doing to support our clients and what we would like you to do.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Rough Sleeper Services: We are endeavouring to continue Rough Sleeper services at the current levels. Should for any reason that become impossible, then a basic service of food and warm clothing will be made available by Catching Lives.
Our Outreach teams will continue to support Rough Sleepers: Canterbury City Council Housing Solutions Team will continue to provide support to those who find themselves as homeless or threatened with homeless. If you need advice or assistance please visit our website in the first instance – please click here:
We continue to monitor the guidance being issued by the government with regards to supporting Rough Sleepers and are also following guidance being issued by Homeless Link. If the situation changes we will endeavour to continue supporting our clients in as full a way as is possible.
Homeless people are most at risk of COVID-19 infection from inadvertent contact with people who are not homeless. We appreciate that members of the public would like to carry on helping homeless people and in order to do so safely and to minimise the risks to everybody, we are advising the public in the following ways:
Homeless people are most at risk of COVID-19 infection from inadvertent contact with people who are not homeless
If you see a homeless person who is extremely unwell, please call 999 for emergency assistance.
If the person is suffering from a persistent dry cough, please do encourage them to call 111 for medical advice.
If you meet a homeless person, please call 08005677699 or 0300 500 0914 and let us know.
If you would like to donate money, food or clothing to a rough sleeper, please ensure that any food stuffs/drinks are fresh and sealed. REMEMBER, cash is a known vector for cross-contamination. Please think carefully and ensure your hands are clean before passing money. If you prefer there are charities supporting homeless people where you can give funds in an non-contact format, BACS etc.
More generally please keep a respectful distance from homeless people, but do continue to stop and have a conversation. social contact and mutual support is important and if due consideration is given to prevention measures, all of our community can stay safe, together.