Housing People During Lockdown

“Since lockdown we’ve housed 8 individual people as well as one family fleeing domestic abuse. We’ve been praised by Ipswich Borough Council for our work in adapting and mobilising our services to ensure that we’re able to continue to work effectively to safely move people into homes during this current crisis.
Other people that we’ve housed include 2 homeless people and 2 prison leavers. All of the people that we house also receive ongoing support. We’ve been able to continue operating with no staff furloughed and many of our volunteers helping us to carry out our services, albeit in a slightly different way”

With staff, volunteer, and service user safety at the forefront of all its operations, ACT is present when someone moves into their new home – wearing PPE. Agreements are given to new tenants for signing and are collected from a safe place near to their new home. On moving in, tenants receive a starter pack including food, cutlery, crockery, and essentials, and support is offered for tenants to manage their home: help with understanding bills, benefits, support with work, training, and placement advice – stabilising any chaos that may exist is paramount.

With help from a £3,000 grant from Suffolk Community Foundation, ACT has also, so far, delivered food parcels to 30 of their vulnerable service users, unable to leave their homes.

Jane Simpson, Director of Business Support explains how ACT has been able to help so many vulnerable people during this difficult time:

“The SCF grant has helped us to be able to provide support to our service users. As Wayne has mentioned, we provide all of our new tenants with starter packs when they move into accommodation. Although many of our services are statutory funded, we also have services, such as our Money Advice service, which are charitably funded. We have an Empowerment Fund that allows us to make life more comfortable for our service users – it’s used for ad hoc expenses and can be applied to by any of our staff: things like furniture and home comforts for new tenants, training for those who are unemployed and travel expenses/clothing allowances for those who need to attend interviews. For this, we appeal to the community to get behind local charities such as ourselves, to continue providing support, advice, and action to those than need us, especially at this difficult time.”

If you’re able to help with a donation to ACT, visit: https://angliacaretrust.org.uk/support-us/