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HELPING THE ONE, THINKING ABOUT THE VULNERABLE

In these uncertain times, we believe the church is called to be a beacon of hope and support for the people in our community. As Christians, we have the opportunity to rise up – being concerned not just about our own needs but asking the question – ‘How can I help?

2. VOLUNTEER

As the situation and need evolves we will respond accordingly by developing a number of safe volunteering options during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Help the Homeless in London

Healthcare Professionals

We are partnering with the Mayor’s Office to provide medical support to the hotels where we have accommodated the homeless that have high health vulnerability over the past few weeks.

We need nurses, doctors or paramedics to volunteer for this role.

Experienced Workers

We need frontline workers who have experience in working with homeless people to support our partners in accommodating and feeding the homeless in London.

The role requires contact and relationship building with homeless people so the ‘right’ type of person is important

General Support

If you don’t have the necessary experience for the other roles but would like to get involved.

We need committed volunteers who can get involved in supporting our partnerships to house and look after the homeless community during the COVID-19 outbreak

Other Volunteering

Although volunteering options are limited at the moment, through our initiatives and partnerships we expect more opportunities to come available. At the moment we need people who can drive and make packs. Also think of volunteering with your local food bank as they are in need of support, check

for details

Register your interest for future opportunities too

3. HELP LOCALLY

During this time of isolation, we want to #SpreadKindness in a safe and supportive way. Across our UK locations we are working with a number of organisations and local authorities. Click your location to find out how you can help out.

Fill out the form to register your interest and our team will get in touch.

CENTRAL LONDON

We are working with elderly centres across London and support them through making phone calls, writing cards and donation of puzzles and games.

The Platt Christian Centre in Putney, in particular, is in need of financial donations to get grocery packs from supermarkets to their elderly users. They also need support in phone befriending. Sign up to help out via our form.

Through donation of groceries and essential items, we also support a number of elderly and refugee organisations. See the “Donate Items” section for more info.

Click the Get Involved button below, fill in the form and our team will be in touch.

Get involved

BERMONDSEY

We are supporting the local authority and local elderly centres through a number of ways to get them through this time of self-isolation.

Through donation of groceries and essential items we have also supported a number of elderly and refugee organisations.

Check the ‘Donate Items’ section to arrange a collection of food and essentials items you might want to donate.

CROYDON

Through our partners in Croydon we can support elderly with social support such as writing cards and letters, making calls or donating puzzles & games. The residents also love cakes and small treats so we are calling all bakers! Get involved by signing up to our volunteer form.

Through donation of groceries and essential items we support a number of elderly and refugee organisations.

Donations can be made at a contactless drop off point in Addiscombe (near tram stop) throughout the week. Contact Angel on 07834 348082 to arrange.

NORTH LONDON

Supporting local food banks and those isolating in our community by providing fresh foods.

Through donation of groceries and essential items we support a number of organisations in North London.

Donations can be made at the following address and times:

Tottenham Community Sports Centre

When:
Monday to Friday 9:00am-6:00pm

Address:
701-703 High Road
London N17 8AD

OXFORD

In Oxford, we are working with Oxford Hub on supporting the vulnerable including the elderly, through supplying groceries and community support.

Click the Get Involved button below, fill in the form and our team will be in touch.

Get involved

NEWCASTLE

For the last couple of years, we have been organising a group of people from church to support a local food outreach, run by a local charity called North East Homeless.

We will continue to support their outreaches on Thursday & Sunday evenings throughout the virus crisis.

We are collecting non-perishable foodstuffs for Newcastle West End Foodbank.

When:
Church will be open Tuesday to Friday between 9:00am-12:00pm for drop-offs

Address:
Westgate Hall, Corporation Street
Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5QD

BIRMINGHAM

We are working with Birmingham City Council on supporting the vulnerable including the elderly, through supplying groceries and community support.

We are collecting for Foodbanks across the city and surrounding areas:
– Birmingham City
– Harbourne
– Smethwick
– Erdington
– Solihull
– Leamington and Warwick
– Coventry and Warwickshire

We are dropping off and collecting items through our Groups all across Birmingham and surrounding areas.

If you are not in a Group and would like to contribute, we can arrange a contactless and safe collection of your items. If you prefer to contribute financially due to isolation, we have a team shopping and delivering to each area.

Click the Get Involved button below, fill in the form and our team will be in touch.

Get involved

EDINBURGH
We are working with Edinburgh City Council in supporting the vulnerable including the elderly, through supplying groceries and community support.

We are collecting non-perishable food items, clothing and toiletries through our Groups for the most vulnerable affected in the Edinburgh area. We encourage people to take donations directly to Drop Off locations:

 Our partner Streetwork are urgently looking for donation of the following items

– Sleeping bags
– Rucksacks (big and small)
– Non-perishables (all kinds)
– Second hand clothing (joggers/comfortable clothing)
– Shoes (trainers/durable)
– Toiletries (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo)
 
Address:
22 Holyrood Road
Edinburgh
EH8 8AF
 
– Tinned beans
– Tinned macaroni/spaghetti
– Tinned meat
– Tinned fruit
– Tinned custard
– Tinned rice pudding
– Tinned tomatoes
– Pasta sauce
– Tinned sweetcorn
– Tinned potatoes
– Jam
– UHT milk
– Coffee
– Noodles (pot/packet)
– Rice
– Sugar
– Biscuits
– Toilet roll
– Washing detergent
– Shaving gel
– Nappies (Size S, 3, 4, 5, 6)
 
When:
Weekdays 2.00-4.00pm

Address:
11 Bankhead Broadway
Sighthill
EH11 4DB
 
Get involved

TONBRIDGE

We are working with Age UK, The Princess Project and local food banks to support those in need through the donation of essential items and other forms of community assistance. For more details and how you can help, see the attached PDF document.

We are encouraging our Church to take food directly to Food Bank drop-off locations within supermarkets.

Maidstone and Medway:

The Trussell Trust collect donations for their food banks at a number of supermarkets throughout the Medway towns. Please check this link for up-to-date details on the location and opening hours of each collection point.

Tonbridge and West Kent:

Nourish Community Foodbank operates within the Tunbridge Wells and South Tonbridge area and currently requires donations of food and essential items at one of these drop off points:

Sainsbury’s Superstore: Angel Centre, Tonbridge TN9 1SF

Sainsbury’s Superstore: Linden Park Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5QL

Tesco Superstore: Woodsgate Corner, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells TN2 4NE

GUILDFORD

We are supporting a number of organisations that work with elderly and other vulnerable people.

The Platt Christian Centre in Putney, in particular, is in need of financial donations to get grocery packs from supermarkets to their elderly users. They also need support in phone befriending. Sign up to help out via our form.

There is currently no drop off point, but we will collect. Please click “arrange a collection” button in the “Donate items” section on this page.

READING

We are working with homeless, elderly and other organisation looking after vulnerable people in Reading to support those who most need it at this time.

Through donations we support elderly centres with food hampers and vulnerable single mums with toiletries.

We are dropping off and collecting items through our Groups all across Reading. If you are not in a Group and would like to contribute, we can arrange a contactless and safe collection of your items.

Please click “arrange a collection” button in the “Donate items” section on this page.

DUBLIN

Our homeless partner service Merchants Quay Ireland are looking for donations of the following items:

– Toiletries
– Underwear
– Clothes

We will also be collecting children’s toys for the Salvation Army.

Please click “arrange a collection” button in the “Donate items” section on this page.

4. REACH YOUR NEIGHBOURS

In this time of self-isolation, let’s be creative in supporting our neighbours in need – especially those who are vulnerable or isolated.

Make sure you help people in a safe way; check our instructions here

Care cards

Print out the cards below or create your own, fill in your details, and drop them through the letterbox of your neighbours who may be vulnerable, elderly or in self-isolation.

Download care cards

Social Media

Download the images and artwork for your social media channels to offer your support.

Download Social Media images

Check-in text

Copy the text below and send it to your friends or neighbours who are self-isolating.

Hello, I just wanted to send you a quick message that if you are self-isolating I can help. Whether it’s picking up urgent supplies, grocery shopping, posting an item – or if you just want to chat, please let me know. I will be taking care to spread only kindness by not coming too close, washing my hands frequently and dropping items on the doorstep. Just call or text me and I’ll do my best to help (for free!)

Your Name & Number

5. CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY

Contribute financially towards our COVID-19 Response to help us support those most vulnerable in our society, such as the elderly, homeless and refugees. Funds will go towards helping these groups access essential items, groceries and other support.

+44 (0) 207 384 9200

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425 New Kings Road,
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