Groundswell have developed resources to support people experiencing homelessness during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These include guidance for people who are rough sleeping and living in temporary accommodation and tools for planning a local response.
Working with our volunteers – people who have slept rough and those residing in hostels and temporary accommodation and our #Healthnow partners – Groundswell has produced resources for helping those who are homeless during the coronavirus pandemic.
People experiencing homelessness are disproportionately affected by poor health and often face challenges accessing the healthcare and support they need. Measures being taken to combat the spread of coronavirus are likely to impact significantly on the lives of people who are homeless.
Groundswell believes that when planning a response to coronavirus the needs and situation of people that are homeless should be taken into account – this is best done with the input of those who are homeless or know the challenges first hand. The measures taken in response to coronavirus should be effectively communicated to people who use homelessness support services, given their unique situation.
To support this process we have produced the following resources:
- Guidance on coronavirus for people who are rough sleeping.
- Guidance on coronavirus for people who live in hostels or temporary accommodation.
- Translated guidance in Romanian for rough sleepers and for people in hostels/temporary accommodation.
- Translated guidance in Polish for rough sleepers and for people in hostels/temporary accommodation.
- A podcast summarising the key advice and messages for people who are homeless. This podcast, along with Groundswell’s other podcasts can be found on sites including Anchor, Spotify and Google Podcasts – search ‘Groundswell’ and subscribe for free.
- A guide on managing and accessing benefits when homeless during the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to producing specific advice for people who are homeless during the coronavirus pandemic,in collaboration with our #HealthNow partners we have also developed resources to support local task force planning for COVID-19 response for people who are experiencing homelessness. View our ‘Listen Up!’ resources and find out more here.
We know that planning and response to coronavirus is moving quickly and we will be updating these documents based on national guidance, feedback from partners and our ongoing consultation with people who are experiencing homelessness.
You can read Groundswell’s full response to the coronavirus in a letter from Chief Executive Steven here.
Health Updates for Coronavirus
These guides are based on current guidance from the NHS England and Public Health England with messaging adapted so people who are homeless can apply it to their current situation. The guidance has had clinical approval.
We will be updating these documents as frequently as possible as guidance changes. They are up to date as of 26th March 2020.
These guides are designed to be printed on a standard A4 printer and can be folded down into a booklet. They can be printed in black and white.
Click on the image on your right to see the guides. Please print these and distribute them to people who are experiencing homelessness.
View and download the Romanian versions of the coronavrius advice below. For people who are rough sleeping (left) and for people in hostels/temporary accommodation (right).
View and download the Polish versions of the coronavrius advice below. For people who are rough sleeping (left) and for people in hostels/temporary accommodation (right).