OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
[Last updated 20 April 2021]
The Coronavirus pandemic is rapidly increasing the number of people experiencing poverty, mental health challenges, loneliness and isolation. Job losses and the end of the eviction ban are placing many at risk of homelessness. Those newly or already homeless urgently need food and essential items also - and we are here to help as many people as we can.
At our King's Road Community Drop-in, we've adapted our services to adhere to government guidelines - and keep our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries (guests) safe.
Actions we've taken since March 2020, when the first lockdown began:
- Re-opening our showers, by appointment only, from 19 April 2021
- Distributing hot takeaway lunches on the World's End Estate, beginning on 4 February 2021 with 70 meals.
- Launched a free evening meal service from November 2020 to April 2021, with our partner Glass Door. This reached 150+ beneficiaries per week.
Provided nutritious takeaway lunches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays since May - reaching 150+ beneficiaries per week.
Reconfigured the Drop-in with social distancing screens, to create a Covid-safe waiting area for guests attending 1:1 casework sessions.
Secured emergency grant funding to keep the Drop-in running. Our charitable work is usually funded by renting out church-owned retail spaces, but rent payments have reduced dramatically due to lockdown-enforced closures. Gratitude to The National Lottery Community Fund, London Community Response Fund, City Bridge Trust and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for their support.
Expanding and improving our free laundry service - thanks to grant funding from The Gwyneth Forrester Trust to purchase extra machines.
Continued to keep staff on site to provide a face-to-face presence, enable guests to pick up their post from our address, assist with urgent requests for provisions and advice, and direct them to specialised support services where appropriate.
Shared food supplies with other frontline homelessness services.
Distributed hundreds of survival packs of food, personal hygiene products, socks and underwear to those in need.
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 lockdowns, which have forced these shops to close. If you resonate with our work, we invite you to help keep our services running and innovating by supporting us here.
Thank you and stay well,
CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE FROM METHODIST CHURCH
All offline worship services, gatherings and activities at Chelsea and Fulham Methodist Church are suspended for now 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 winter night shelters and King's Road Community Drop-in, run in partnership with GlassDoor, are adhering to guidelines given by the Government and the NHS. Night shelters are therefore not going ahead and the Drop-in is running a restricted service until further notice. Please continue to check our website and Methodist Church for further guidance and updates.
Remain safe and secure in God's unfailing love.