Shelters, food services, and soup runs

An update on the services still being offered to the homeless and vulnerable in greater Nottingham:

Winter Shelter & Emmanuel House

Emmanuel House has closed following the latest government advice. If anyone needs a service they should telephone 0115 950 7140.

The shelter is still running currently.  It is still taking referrals via the usual route but it is full and has reduced numbers  due to spacing in the hall.

The Friary

Prioritising rough sleepers at the daily drop-in. Other visitors to the centre will not be allowed into the building, but will be supported with any specific urgent issues where possible.

Sandwiches and food to take away will be provided on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (due to government guidance on large groups gathering and drop in volunteers and some staff).

The GP service will continue for now.

Details of city-wide foodbanks – 23.03.20

Operational status of local food kitchens – 23.03.20

The Arches

The Arches was closed on Monday evening.  Majority of staff are now working remotely from home. Cancelled all prison visits but are hoping to continue with the Soup Run on Friday evenings.

Street Outreach 

Carrying on with early morning outreach, though beginning to struggle in the afternoons because of staff shortages. Themore vulnerable rough sleepers been given a mobile phone and are supported through the afternoons via mobile where possible.

Housing Aid

Business as usual but trying to limit the numbers coming into the building and screening people as they come in. All other non-frontline services based at Loxley House have now moved out.

Night Stop

Continuing to accept referrals for Nottingham Nightstop but asking additional screening questions to both the young person who is being referred and to the host household before setting up placements.   Any hosts with underlying health conditions or at higher risk due to their age will also not be hosting.

SAFE at the Salvation Army are providing a takeaway service only. Chip cobs, doughnuts and hot drinks. No sitdown service or entrance to the building at the moment. Also able to provide most urgent cases clothing and toiletries.

Street Pastors 

Postponing shifts for time being due to the volumes of people volunteers encounter. Reviewing this on a week by week basis .

Refugee Forum

Advice services are closed for face to face support, supporting clients by phone/setting up ways of how they are going to support people in the coming weeks/months and will updates services as we know more.

Arimathea/NAT – open as usual for appointments and for all phone contacts for agencies and service users. Stopped English classes which were happening twice a week. June Refugee Week celebrations for 2020 cancelled.

Jericho Road

Usual drop in service is suspended until further notice. An ‘at the door’ service will be provided between 12 to 4pm,

Grace Church

Moving from a drop-in collection of parcels to home deliveries this week to limit contact between people.

Care for Coronavirus Rough Sleepers

Kim Pike (Rough Sleeper Co-ordinator for Nottingham City Council) put out a request for volunteers to help in hotel which will be used to allow members of the homeless population to be isolated if they show symptoms of the virus.

Kim needs staff/volunteers who are DBS checked. Staff will have their own room, which has full kitchen and bathroom and support from the hotel.

Kims says: ‘There won’t be any reimbursement at this point I’m afraid. The staff would have a phone (and so would the people isolating) and if they need anything it would be left outside bedroom doors. Framework will be available for help and advice, as would I and Community Protection Officers.

Anyone interested in helping should contact Kim for details on – 07943616975.