A Message From Our Chief Executive On Coronavirus
The current outbreak of COVID-19 (commonly known as the Coronavirus) has intensified in recent weeks in the UK. The present advice from the government is that anyone who feels as though they are displaying symptoms should self-isolate but when you are sleeping on the streets, how exactly do you that?
As a residential care and supported housing provider, we are working to the guidelines published by the government and available online by clicking here.
The outbreak presents obvious risk to those affected by homelessness. Those who we support often have underlying health issues, making them even more vulnerable should they contract the virus.
More than ever, the best option for rough sleepers is to be in our accommodation where we can assist them with their medical care and ensure that provisions are in place if their condition worsens. However, there are clearly challenges in helping individuals to self-isolate when our accommodation often includes shared living spaces and how to stop the virus spreading further. This is why we have an internal taskforce who are monitoring the situation closely to ensure we are prepared in the event of one of our homes/ services is affected by the virus. We are working with our partner agencies and stakeholders to put in place plans to manage each scenario, including the challenges faced by potentially having substantially fewer staff available to support our clients.
At Alabaré, our priority is ensuring the safety of our service users and staff members as well as the wider public and we are therefore taking all the relevant precautions necessary.
In addition to the obvious human impact of the outbreak, there are clear financial implications. If our staff are required to self-isolate, we would incur substantial extra costs on hiring agency staff. Our fundraising may also be adversely affected should the situation worsen, and we may be forced to cancel or postpone our events.
For these, and many other reasons, we are so grateful to you our supporters for sticking by us through these challenging times. Thank you so much for your continued support.