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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update from The Passage Chief Executive, Mick Clarke: 17 April

As the UK prepares for another 3 weeks of lockdown, our frontline staff – crucial keyworkers, continue to go out to work each day to support hundreds of vulnerable and recently homeless people in Westminster.

At The Passage, we continue to ensure that we have a safe environment to operate in so that our residential projects can remain open.

As well as ensuring that clients in our residential projects and those in emergency accommodation remain safe, we have also launched our new food hub; working closely with partner agencies and volunteers, The Passage will be increasing its daily delivery of food parcels and cooked dinners to support 320 vulnerable people who have been helped off the streets and into accommodation during this pandemic.

I would like to pay tribute to everyone who have enabled us to continue carrying out our emergency response safely; especially our amazing cleaners who have been executing special cleaning regimes to reduce risk of transmission, companies and supporters who have donated vital PPE so that our staff and volunteers can practice with protection, and our amazing frontline teams for their selfless work.

Like many of the services that we provide, funding for our frontline response to Coronavirus, including our vital food service, relies a great deal on the generosity of our supporters, and to that end we will be launching an online ‘Donate Your Dinner’ campaign, whereby we will be encouraging members of the public to donate the cost of feeding a vulnerable person for the day. Further details of the campaign will be announced on our website next week.

Finally we continue to feed into the central Government pan London Emergency Strategy Group. If we are serious about ensuring that those helped off the streets and into temporary accommodation during this pandemic do not just end up back on those streets at the end of this pandemic, we need to all be working now on move on accommodation from temporary hotel accommodation. We are doing just that and will be feeding in our ideas and suggestions to both local and central Government.

This is a challenging time for all of us. But by continuing to support each other we will get through this. So thank you again to our frontline staff and volunteers, those working behind the scenes and all our supporters for your continued work and help during this time; this support has help hundreds off the streets and into safety. With your continued support we will help many more.

Mick Clarke 
Chief Executive