Coronavirus (Covid-19): A message from The Passage Chief Executive, Mick Clarke
Latest update Tuesday 17 March 2020
Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a worry for everyone and it is important that all of us follow the Public Health England guidelines, particularly prevention measures such as regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
At The Passage we, like other homelessness charities, are very much on the frontline, dealing with the most vulnerable, particularly those on the streets who are not in a position to self-isolate if they need to. For them in particular it is an incredibly worrying time.
At present all our projects are open and we are doing all we can to ensure that remains the case. Obviously, our biggest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our clients, staff and volunteers and we are working hard to continue supporting those who need us the most.
We have also joined forces with other charities, calling on government and local authorities to ensure that there are emergency measures in place that will help to protect those people facing homelessness from Covid-19.
We have received many enquiries from people asking how they can help.
Firstly, please know how grateful we are for your continued support. The next few months are going to be very challenging and your help is going to be more important than ever. Homeless people are at very high risk of becoming unwell, so this really does make the world of difference.
Secondly, please do raise the issue with your MP about how vital it is to have proper places of safety where those who are street homeless who get ill can self-isolate without the risk of infecting others or causing further harm to themselves.
Your voice, together with ours and those of the many other homelessness charities in raising this issue with government will make a big difference in trying get practical and tangible action on the ground.
Thank you again for all your support.