CHARITIES that support homeless people throughout Britain have received support from the Morrisons Foundation’s COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund.
Simon Community Scotland, Llamau and CentrePoint, to name just a few, each received a share of the fund which in just 12 weeks has donated over £560,000 to nearly 100 homelessness charities in communities throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
Charities working with homeless people raised concerns that if someone does not have a permanent place to call home, it can be particularly difficult to self-isolate and maintain social distancing. This was recognised by the major supermarket’s charitable arm, who committed a ring-fenced fund of half a million pounds to support homelessness charities across the 12 week period in the immediate aftermath of the UK lockdown announcement.
The fund provided grants of up to £10,000, available to cover a wide variety of costs including outreach support for rough sleepers, provision of essential items for services in hostels, shelters and advocacy services for people without a permanent place to call home.
Nick Connolly, Managing Director of End Youth Homelessness of which CentrePoint is a member charity, said:
“Our member charities need cash to pay for staff, personal protective equipment, food and other essentials to a level they could not possibly have envisaged a few months ago. We are so pleased this has been recognised.”
Hugh Hill, Director of Services and Development at Simon Community Scotland charity which received a grant of £8,000 said:
“In the last few weeks, we have supported hundreds of people off the streets in Edinburgh and Glasgow and into a safe place where they can be safe and well. Our staff are working 7 days a week to make this happen, made so much easier by the support of The Morrisons Foundation helping us to reach more people, fund clothing, food, toiletries and mobile phones so people can stay in touch during this anxious time.”
Wales’ leading charity aiming to end youth homelessness saw a huge increase in demand on their services following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The charity reached out to the Foundation to help them to provide support, information and advice to their beneficiaries.
Jenna Lewis, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Llamau said:
“We’re so grateful to the Morrisons Foundation for their support to help us to deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are committed to keeping our support for homeless young people and women going throughout this crisis, but doing so will come at significant additional cost. The £10,000 donation from the Morrisons Foundation will help us to ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in Wales continue to be supported in spite of the challenges presented by COVID-19.”
David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee said:
“Prior to the launch, our commitment was to ensure that these funds were available for 12 weeks. More than £560,000 has been awarded to 94 charities across Britain and we’re delighted to have supported such a wide variety of good causes working with homeless people throughout the pandemic.”
The Morrisons Foundation was set up by Morrisons supermarket in 2015 and awards grants for charity projects which help improve people’s lives. Since then, over £29 million has been donated to hundreds of charities across England, Scotland and Wales. Whilst the Homeless Support Fund has closed, charities wishing to apply for a Morrisons Foundation Grant are still able to do so by visiting www.morrisonsfoundation.com.