We are pleased to be able to support the practical work of the Covid-19 Homeless Taskforce, co-ordinated by registered charity the Museum of Homelessness.
QSA has provided a £10k grant to the Covid-19 Homeless Taskforce which will be aiming to have thousands of interactions over the winter months with people in London who are affected by homelessness. The Covid-19 Homeless Taskforce is a group of small, independent, community organisations and charities - Streets Kitchen, The Simon Community, The Outside Project and Museum of Homelessness - which work collectively with people sleeping rough but also intensively with marginalised communities within homelessness. Examples of interactions are: a conversation at bedding down time; a cup of tea and a meal; a breakfast; a bed at The Outside Project.
Specifically the grant will contribute to:
- 200 winter grade sleeping bags
- 200 hot water bottles
- Food and festive treats
- Emergency accommodation by The Outside Project for LGBTIQ+ people who are homeless.
QSA merged with the charity Quaker Homeless Action on 1 December. As previously stated in our frequently asked questions about the merger, it was unfeasible for QSA to plan a Christmas shelter activity in a matter of weeks, and so Quaker Open Christmas is not taking place in 2020. We are therefore pleased to support the Covid-19 Homeless Taskforce's practical and compassionate work, thereby putting into immediate action some of the donations which were made by supporters to QHA prior to the merger. QSA is in the process of writing to people who have previously supported QHA.