Rachael Stewart-Davis (left) and the team of volunteers with care packs for the homeless.
With the UK in the middle of its third lockdown, the challenge to reach the homeless and vulnerable is greater than ever – but so too is the need. That’s why Pass It On was determined to continue its campaign, delivering over 500 care packages in January to cities across the UK.
This autumn over 4,000 items of good quality clothing, sleeping bags and toiletries were donated for distribution. Working fully within the safety guidelines our volunteers have sorted and prepared these into mixed care packages that offer immediate help to those who receive them.
‘Because of the necessary restrictions of the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve worked with our charity partners to simplify the deliveries and make sure we reach those in need as safely and efficiently as possible.’ says Rachael Stewart-Davis, campaign coordinator for Pass It On. ‘We’re sending parcels to several cities, including London, Brighton, Manchester, Birmingham and Oxford.’
The difficulties this winter just help to highlight the problems that so many homeless and vulnerable people face – with a greater risk of illness (not only from COVID-19) adding to the isolation and lack of support that makes it so difficult to take positive steps forward. Pass It On focuses on providing immediate and tangible support that can help to break that chain of despair – and at a time when so many organisations are under pressure, that extra help has perhaps never been more important.
In the spring, and when safe to do so, Pass It On will be re-engaging directly with its outreach campaigns. ‘We have exciting plans for the summer,’ says Rachael,’ and we’d like more of our volunteers to be able to get involved than has been possible this winter.’
Meanwhile Rachael and her fellow Pass it On volunteers are keeping supporters up to date with regular social media posts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. ‘We’re keen for more people to get involved and to spread the word that we can all help the homeless – even small actions and donations make a big difference.’
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