Covid-19 – Continuing our support to those in need

Update 13th April, 2021

Love in Action – Covid-19 Caritas Response – Continuing our support to those in need

Caritas Salford provide essential support to those of all ages who are affected by poverty, vulnerability and lack of a home or insecure accommodation across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. The presence of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in our communities has meant these services are more vital than ever before.  The vulnerable people we support, especially the elderly and those who are homeless or rough sleeping, are more likely to be at risk because they have underlying health problems and limited access to good welfare facilities.  While the roll out programme of the vaccines across vulnerable populations in the country continues, we continue to follow the advice and restrictions of government of public health authorities and put into place measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Additionally we have been working close with local public health services and GP’s to get access to the vaccine for a number of our key worker staff, volunteers and particularly the vulnerable people who use our services.  This has been dependent on local authority areas.

What happens at the end of the current lockdown measures?

From the 12th April, 2021 the government have allowed the relaxation of certain restrictions allowing certain non-essential ‘business activities’ to reopen and events to take place.  While our services provide hospitality and support to those in need, we have taken the decision to continue with our current Covid-secure arrangements for the distribution of food and will not be providing outdoor seating areas for the consumption of food.  This is because most people we serve are from single ‘households’ and we cannot be certain to safely manage mixing between households.

One thing that is clear from the last few months is that society has been significantly affected by the pandemic.  So too for the way that we have operated.  Not only have we adapted our services and innovated our approaches but we’ve accelerated collaboration with other partners like local authorities and other voluntary or charitable organisations.  We will need to hold onto this sense of innovations as we plan our response to increasing demand for our services as the wider social and economic effects of the pandemic are faced by vulnerable people and communities.  Therefore, we are preparing for change by looking at our plans for the future and the structure and systems that we will need in the future as we plan to put Caritas – Love – into action across our diocese.

What can you do to help?

During the series of lockdowns and as restrictions are eased we have seen an increased demand for two particular kinds of support that are more pressing than ever.  The first is for access to our support services – skilled, knowledgeable and experienced staff and volunteers.  These are available for personalised advice or support on a range of issues from housing, access to benefits or signposting and companionship through the complex landscape of navigating access to them.  They may work closely with those residing in our accommodation for young parent accommodation supporting young mothers and fathers and their infant children in the early stages of life.  They may also work with the homeless in our Cornerstone Day Centre or men who have faced homelessness or other challenges and who are staying in our hostel, Morning Star.  This place of temporary accommodation is for single men who have no home and who stay until they can find a path into more permanent living building skills and confidence on their way to independence.

Secondly for access to food supplies for the homeless and those in need. Latest figures show that from 2015/16 to 2019/20 the number of people in England needing access to food banks increased by 700,000 people.  This is before the pandemic!

Perhaps you are in a position to make a financial donation to help support our work across the diocese you can do so online https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/donate/ or contacting our Fundraising Team on 0161-817 2285.  Alternatively you may want to consider organising a Covid safe fundraising event either individually or for your parish or local community.

Any support you can give is very gratefully received, no donation is too small!

Alternatively, you may wish to make a donation of food.  If so, please contact one our local centres (details below). The staff and volunteers would be very pleased to receive any donations and will arrange distribution to the places most in need.

How can we support members of communities facing discrimination?

Communicable diseases do not discriminate and the virus is not based on ethnicity. However, members of some communities have reported experiencing racism, discrimination and verbal abuse associated with the outbreak of the virus.

As a Catholic organisation promoting justice we reaffirm our commitment to communities to make sure they know they are supported and that discrimination and must not be tolerated.

Stop Hate UK provide anyone experiencing or witnessing such discrimination with a confidential 24-hour third-party reporting service which is available in multiple languages.

How to contact Caritas teams:

We continue to update the details of our operations for publicly accessible services.  If you require general information, please contact Caritas main office.

 

Location Address Telephone Contact hours Services
Caritas Offices Cathedral Centre
3 Ford Street
Salford
M3 6DP
0161 817 2250 Monday-Friday 08.30-5.00 pm
closed to visitors but you can contact us by telephone or email
General enquiries or referral
Caritas House Nobby Stiles Drive
Collyhurst
Manchester
M4 4FA
0161 817 2250 Monday-Friday 08.30-5.00 pm
closed to visitors but you can contact us by telephone or email
General enquiries or referral
Bolton charity shop

 

130-132 Newport Street
Bolton
BL3 6AB
01204 370927 Closed until at least 2nd December in line with updated government restrictions. Open for delivery or purchases only.

Community café currently closed.

Bury Red Door St Joseph’s Presbytery
Peter Street
Bury
BL9 6AB
0161 272 0771

 

Tues – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Thurs – 11.00 am – 4.00 pm

 

Provision of food parcels, access to support and advice.  Showers and laundry by appointment.  Operating on restricted numbers due to social distancing
Cornerstone 104b Denmark Road Manchester
M15 6JS (Near S MRI)
0161 232 8888

 

Support appointments by arrangement.

Food from 12 noon – 1.30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Daily fresh lunch parcels.  1-2-1 support on appointment basis in socially distanced environment.

Access to showers and laundry by appointment.

Morning Star Hostel 104 Denmark Road Manchester
M15 6JS
0161 868 0606 Male hostel for those aged over 30 experiencing homelessness or insecure accommodation.
Lalley Welcome Centre

 

St Malachy’s School Eggington Street
Collyhurst
Manchester
M40 7RG
0161 205 2754 Open Wednesday – Friday.

Wednesday Food Bank

Food bank support.

Support appointments by arrangement.

 

Refugee Response Services including Refugee Education and Community Sponsorship Various offices 0161 817 2296 English lessons, advice sessions and support delivered online.

Refugee resettlement through Community Sponsorship support through socially distanced means.

Older Peoples Services Caritas House

4 Nobby Stiles Drive

Collyhurst Manchester M4 4FA

 

0161 850 1645

 

Continuing personal contacts and support for the elderly.
Young Parent Accommodation Blackburn and Bolton Secure private accommodation for young parents and their children.  For referral details please contact our main office.

 

Additional support, advice and assistance:

Local authorities – Your local council has a statutory responsibility to provide assistance to those experiencing difficulties with housing or accommodation.  To find your local authority visit: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

Other Catholic charities:

In addition to the support offered by Caritas, many parishes throughout the diocese have a local conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) which provide local support and assistance to those needing help.  For more information visit: https://www.svp.org.uk/