COVID-19: OUR CRISIS RESPONSE
[Last updated 5 July 2020]
Hundreds of people have been surviving on London’s streets throughout the pandemic – including many who have become homeless for the first time. We now expect an increased need for our services in the coming months, as economic hardship strikes those with and without housing.
Although we temporarily closed our Kings Road Community Drop-in during lockdown, we've never stopped working behind the scenes to help people in need.
Actions we've taken:
Redirecting our food supplies to other frontline services
Providing food storage space for the Under One Sky street volunteer collective
Handing out survival packs of personal hygiene products, socks and underwear
Preparing and serving takeaway meals since May
Securing grant funding to continue and develop our work.
In the coming weeks we will:
Provide showers for 15 guests per day, following Covid-19 safety measures
Expand and improve our free laundry service (thanks to grant funding from The Gwynneth Forrester Trust)
Continue and increase takeaway meals
Offer socially distanced sit-down lunches for a small number of guests with mobility issues
Plan and develop new services to meet the emerging needs of our communities, post-lockdown.
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.