999 Club

The needs of homeless people are changing during the COVID-19 crisis and the 999 Club is changing to meet them.

The guests in our Night Shelter (NS) and the rough sleepers visiting our day centre have joined tens of thousands of others across the country being placed in self-contained hotels and temporary accommodation (TA) to self isolate for at least 12 weeks. The 20 guests in our Night Shelter (NS) were assessed by a doctor on Wednesday 25th March and 13 of them were moved to 3 hotels across London.

Where homeless people move into unfurnished or incompletely furnished accommodation during this period we will aim to furnish and equip the accommodations to a reasonable standard so that they can live there in basic comfort for at least 12 weeks and effectively self-isolate.

We will also support these individuals through the next 12 weeks and help them access online courses, training and education.

In a normal situation, where the landlord does not provide enough to furnish and equip a typical privately rented or temporary accommodation; we will purchase items like the following to make the room comfortable:

  • A bed
  • A table and two chairs
  • A wardrobe
  • Bedside table
  • A duvet, duvet cover, bed sheet and pillow
  • Toaster, kettle and other cooking equipment (pots and pans etc)
  • A starter pack of food and groceries.
  • A starter pack of toiletries and cleaning products
  • A digital tablet to access the internet and keep in contact

Age Exchange

Age Exchange has closed temporarily and suspended face to face services in line with Government guidance. A virtual service has been set up to continue providing services for their service users, people with dementia and their carer

  • Telephone befriending – 2 calls a week with a light touch mental health assessment and increased to one per day to those most vulnerable 
  • Reminiscence Arts Activity boxes – 14 days of activities delivered every two weeks designed by reminiscent artists
    Mobile Library – The second hand bookshop has become a mobile library, and will be included in the befriending service

Singing and music appreciation – To offer this service to those who are able to use technology to offer singing and music support via zoom or skype.  Musicians who run the groups are now delivering these sessions.

Deptford Mission – Disabled People’s Contact

The Day Centre and Charity Shop are now closed in line and face to face services suspended in line with Government guidance. Services are continuing online and via the telephone.

The service includes:

  • Telephone befriending to service users and volunteers to check in food, and carers/friends/family to provide support and assist with other needs e.g. medication.  
  • All calls are diverted to a mobile service to maintain contact
  • Mailing activity packs every 2 weeks to help reduce isolation and to engage. 
  • Notifying vulnerable service users and volunteers about the Lewisham Local offer

Entelechy Arts (also WATAS)

The Entelechy Arts office is closed in line with Government guidance. The core Entelechy Arts team are working collectively together, remotely.

The service includes:

  • Participants living alone receive two fifteen minute phone chats and making referrals to other services as required 
  • Setting up of remote service to deliver an effective service to participants whilst working with voluntary sector partners
  • Continuing to create art virtually using new tools and skills 

Remaining active on social media and circulating the regular to friends and supporters 

Goldsmiths Community Association

In line with Government guidelines Goldsmith’s community centre has closed and classes suspended in line with Government guidance. The Community Development worker is now working in partnership two days per week helping to deliver the Lewisham Community Response corona virus, supporting the provision food, befriending and volunteering projects. The Goldsmiths Community Association’s website has been updated to provide residents with local news and useful information.

Heart n Soul

Heart n Soul in line with Government guidance has suspended their face to face services and all services are now delivered online and by telephone to their autistic and learning disabled clientele.

The service include:

  • Online activities for their service users – autistic and learning disabled clientele
  • Providing  weekly activity packs to clients 
  • Befriending phone line to continue regular contact with their clients 
  • Set up a hardship fund for their most vulnerable clients. 
  • Supporting the Lewisham Community Response creative project 
  • Information and advice updated on the website

Irie Dance Theatre

Irie Dance Theatre has stopped all classes and suspended face to face services in line with Government guidance, these are now being conducted remotely.

  • Students are now remotely online learning in accordance with the accrediting university  2020
  • Continuing to provide premises support for the building

Lee Green Lives

Lee Green has suspended face to face services in line with Government guidance, services are being delivered online and by telephone 

The service includes:

  • Continuing to operate a telephone and online advice service
  • WhatsApp to deliver activities 
  • Telephone befriending with their more vulnerable users
  • Supporting the Lewisham community response and providing information to their service users

Lewisham Education Arts Network

Lean has suspended face to face services in line with Government guidance. Services are now being delivered online and by telephone.

The service includes:

  • Online 1-1 advice and guidance 
  • Online and home delivered activity boxes 
  • Online theatre to deliver the end of year production
  • Continuing to offer advice to the sector online and via telephone 
  • Partner with the Lewisham community response leading on the Lewisham creative project 

Lewisham MENCAP

Lewisham MENCAP has suspended face to face services in line with Government guidance. Services are now being delivered online and by telephone.

The service includes:

  • Telephone contact with service users 
  • Keeping in touch via Facebook
  • Supporting individuals living alone or with elderly parents and in sheltered accommodation
  • Providing information about the Lewisham community response to service users 

Lewisham Pensioners Forum

Lewisham Pensioners Forum has suspended all face to face services in line with Government guidance. Pensioners’ day has been provisionally rescheduled to October/November 2020. Services are being conducted by telephone and online.

The services include:

  • Online and telephone member registration
  • Regular newsletter to service users and organisations 
  • Contacting members to assess need and provide information of services 
  • Continuing regular contact with their ‘how are you?’ befriending scheme for the most vulnerable service users

Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network

The Lewisham Refugee Migrant Network has suspended all face to face services in line with Government guidance and services are continuing online and via telephone.

The services include:

  • Specialist legal advice on immigration, housing and welfare through telephone, email and very limited face to face contact with clients, e.g. signing of documents
  • Counselling via telephone or online e.g.: Employment, volunteering and training support
  •  Weekly provision of food parcel 
  • Provision of a limited Hardship Funds to vulnerable and destitute clients; 
  • Provision of food bank evouchers
  • Signposting clients to various resources available in their borough/community

Signposting clients to online group activities to tackle isolation and loneliness.

 

Lewisham Refugee Welcome

Lewisham Refugee Welcome has suspended face to face services in line with Government guidance, services are continuing online and via telephone.

The services include:

  • Online information and advice resource
  • Provision of food parcels to vulnerable service users 
  • Support and assistance online and via telephone
  • Referral to other services and working closely with partners including the Lewisham Community Response

Lewisham Speaking Up

Lewisham Speaking Up has closed its office and suspended face to face services in line with Government guidance, services are continuing online and via telephone.

The services include:

  • Remote Befriending and advice to service users
  • Newsletter with full range of services circulated to service users
  • Online services are continuing with online group support and engagement 
  • Working in partnership with the Lewisham Community Response supporting delivery 
  • Providing guidance and advice to staff and volunteers working on the Lewisham Community Response 

Sharing advice and guidance leaflets with partner organisations
may be able to provide more staff.

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