We support people with multiple complex needs that face challenges and barriers in “normal” everyday life. The unprecedented demands of Coronavirus have therefore had an overwhelming impact on these groups already at high risk.
The key groups of at risk individuals we support include: people experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, people experiencing mental or physical health problems, people at risk of domestic abuse or gender-based violence, people who are financially vulnerable including those on low and unstable incomes, those suffering addiction issues, and those leaving prison, particularly those with restriction orders.
Each individual we support has unique and complex needs and is therefore affected by COVID-19 differently, but typical challenges include:
Homeless individuals with nowhere to self-isolate, unable to continue relying on friends and family to house them, and with poor health impacted by time spent on the streets increasing their vulnerability to COVID-19.
Aberdeen Cyrenians received £20,000 to provide essential items such as food, clothing, toiletries, and basic cooking equipment for vulnerable people. They set up AC2U, an emergency delivery service, within an extremely tight time scale and provided 12,935 food parcel or meals to 1,454 households. They also received £10,000 to provide household goods for homeless people in temporary accommodation and those moving into new homes, including those leaving prison or fleeing domestic abuse.
We’re delighted to have received funding through the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust Hardship Fund. Since we set up AC2U alongside our other charitable partners in March, we’ve seen a 600% rise in the number of people turning to us for help, and have delivered more than 6,800 parcels of food, toiletries, clothing and baby supplies across the city. This pandemic has been utterly devastating for people who were already vulnerable and struggling with daily life; now everything is harder, and with the support of the LPCT, we’ll be able to keep supporting those who need us most throughout lockdown, and beyond.
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