Thank you to everyone who has used the two contactless donation points that were installed in Broadmead in May 2017.
To date you have helped to raise £21,801, including £314 in March 2020. It has ensured that an average of 1282 beds have been provided so that people do not have to sleep on the streets. This is an amazing achievement and a huge milestone. Thank you.
St Mungo’s say:
“Your continued support is helping to provide much needed support for vulnerable people in Bristol, especially in these challenging and unprecedented times. We are doing everything we can to keep clients safe. Our outreach teams and emergency hub staff are working round the clock with our partners to support vulnerable people sleeping rough to minimise infection and self-isolate.
“In Bristol 150 people who were on the streets are now safely in accommodation and 50 people who were staying in St Mungo’s services in communal sleeping spaces have also been given alternative accommodation to self-isolate safely.
“Staff in St Mungo’s accommodation services are following guidance from the Government and Public Health England to keep clients and staff safe, and together with sector partners, pushing for more from Government for our keyworkers and clients over coming months.
“We are specifically asking for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as a charity providing essential social care for vulnerable people.
“We are providing clients with public health information in different ways, via our website, leaflets and posters and by phone, with written materials in a number of languages.
“We welcomed the Government’s call on Friday 27 March to get everyone rough sleeping inside and self-isolating but this is about more than a roof. Beyond the crisis the Government must ensure that support and housing is available to anyone at risk of sleeping rough so people have a home for good.
“We are appealing to people to help by:
- Contacting the national referral service StreetLink online, via the app or by phone
- In a health emergency situation calling 999
- Making urgent donations for our work mungos.org/coronavirus
- Following St Mungo’s on social media for updates @stmungos
“Thank you again for everything that you are doing to help us end homelessness and rebuild lives.”
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough, send an alert to StreetLink by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk, via the mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices, or by calling 0300 500 0914. StreetLink, the national referral service managed by St Mungo’s in partnership with Homeless Link, is the main service the public can use to let us know about someone they are concerned about who is sleeping rough.
By using StreetLink, members of the public and businesses can alert local authorities and homelessness organisations to people sleeping rough in their area. The information helps the outreach teams to locate people and connect them with the local services available to them to help them off the streets.
Other ways to donate
You will find one of the contactless donation points near Primark, on the junction of Union Street and The Horsefair, and the other near Tesco Metro on Broadmead.
You can also donate online HERE.
Photo: Cllr Lesley Alexander, Lord Mayor of Bristol 2017/18