OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
[Last updated 14 November 2020]
Hundreds of people are surviving on London’s streets throughout the pandemic – including many who are homeless for the first time because of job losses. There's an increasing need for charities and services like ours, as economic hardship strikes those with and without housing. and winter night shelters are not allowed to open.
At our King's Road Community Drop-in, we've never stopped working to help people in need.
Actions we've taken since March 2020:
- Launched a free, socially distanced, Monday-Friday evening meal service from November, with our partner Glass Door. This currently reaches 30+ beneficiaries per night.
Provided nutritious, cooked takeaway lunches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays since May - reaching 50+ beneficiaries per day.
Secured emergency grant funding to keep the Drop-in running, as earned income from shop rentals heavily declined. (Gratitude to The National Lottery Community Fund, City Bridge Trust and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government).
Expanding and improving our free laundry service (thanks to grant funding from
The Gwynneth Forrester Trust).
Redirected food supplies to other frontline homelessness services.
Handed out 150+ survival packs of personal hygiene products, socks and underwear.
How you can help
Our charity work is almost entirely funded by rental income from shop spaces owned by Chelsea Methodist Church. This has been heavily reduced this year as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. If you resonate with our work, we invite you to help keep our services running and growing by supporting our crowdfunding appeal.
Thank you and stay well,
CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE FROM METHODIST CHURCH
All worship services, gatherings and activities at Chelsea and Fulham Methodist Church are suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance.
Our community events and services such as lunch clubs, cafe, after school clubs, stay and play groups, and fellowship groups are also suspended until further notice.
Our night shelters and King's Road Community Drop-in, run in partnership with GlassDoor, will follow the advice that has been given by the Government and the NHS. Please continue to check our website and Methodist Church for further guidance and updates.
Remain safe and secure in God's unfailing love.