Due to Coronavirus, CHESS is changing the way our services operate.
What We Are Doing And Why?
At the start of the crisis we increased the Night Shelter access hours for service users to a 24/7 service enabling them to stay in their rooms. This created a high flow of people coming in and out of the premises, creating a heightened risk of infection to our volunteers, staff and residents.
It with great sadness that due to Covid-19 we have had to take the steps to temporarily close the night shelter during this period. As Chair of Trustees, together with the CEO of CHESS we have had to make this decision to ensure the safety of our service users and our dedicated staff and to comply with the nhs guidance.
Our service users are being moved into other suitable accommodation. We have provided equipment such as microwave ovens, kettles, TV’s etc in order that they do not have to leave their rooms and are able to follow the self-isolation and #stayhomestaysafe guidelines laid out by the UK government.
CHESS is committed to providing accommodation for the homeless and closure of the Night Shelter will help us to mitigate the financial implications on the charity, ensuring its long-term sustainability. We hope to operate the premises as an Admin and Virtual Support Hub as well as providing hot cooked meals to our clients and are working to put this in place. We are not able to accept any further donations of food, clothing or bedding at this time at the Night Shelter unless a prior appointment has been arranged.
Thanks to generous donations from the local community and restaurants, we have been able to fully stock our other 5 move-on properties with supplies for the residents so they are also able to #stayhomestaysafe.
Rough Sleepers – 32 bed spaces are being made available for rough sleepers within the 5 local authorities that CHESS work with.
Government guidance is:
- Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterward. You can still spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
What can you do?
We are so grateful to our supporters for they have given. Our plan is to carry on through these difficult times protecting and supporting the more vulnerable members of society that we work with. It will take all of us working together to secure our future.
Thank you all for your understanding and support. We at CHESS hope you all stay safe.