6 Apr 2020

An update on our work

Keeping you all informed on how our work has changed during the pandemic.

We want to keep you as up to date as possible with what we’re doing to support our clients and others throughout the current crisis.

Our office closed on 23rd March in order to keep staff and clients safe, but we’re still working flat out to make sure the vulnerable individuals and families who need us are receiving our full support. Our Support Work team are working from home, but coming into the office when they need to for unavoidable reasons. There are no more than 3 at a time in the office to ensure social distancing guidelines are kept to.

Clients are being supported over the phone and this is more intensive now to ensure they still feel safe and looked after during what is a difficult time for everybody, but particularly for those who were already isolated and vulnerable in the first place. We are also delivering food parcels and collecting prescriptions.

New referrals have soared over the last three weeks, not only from clients who need support from us in the usual way, but from people who have suddenly become vulnerable due to the virus. We’ve had families with children where parents are having to isolate and can’t get out to shop, families who have been furloughed but haven’t received any money yet and lots of vulnerable elderly people who can’t leave the house and have nobody else to do their shopping. We are taking referrals from other charities and organisations, from schools, from social media and over the phone. Nobody is turned away.

We’ve also seen a huge increase in individuals seeking help because they need to flee from a violent household. Last week we had to buy two new beds to make sure two of these clients would have somewhere to sleep in the emergency accommodation we secured for them.

Like all charities, the present pandemic will have a negative impact on our finances, but will not deter our ability to continue to support vulnerable people across Calderdale. Due to the necessary cancellation of 3 of our large fundraising events, we estimate a loss of £20,000 over the next 3 months. This will not affect our ability to carry on and provide our vital services, however we do need support from our community now more so than ever.

If you’d like to donate, please visit https://localgiving.org/charity/calderdalesmartmove/. You can also take part in our Spring Raffle until 24th April. Tickets are £5.00 per strip and can be bought using the above link and quoting the word ‘Spring’. There are some fantastic prizes to be won, including a digital camera and a designer handbag, plus lots of wine and chocolate!

Please also keep up to date with what we’re doing across our social media platforms and here on this website. We want to reach more people across Calderdale with information about who we are, what we do and why our services are important; so following us on social media and sharing our content is a huge help.

Lastly, we just want to say that we hope all of our lovely supporters are keeping safe and well. Our thoughts are with the many families across the UK who are currently being affected.

Take care and stay safe,

 The Calderdale SmartMove Team