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COVID-19 Update from Father Hudsons Care

Statement on COVID 19

Covid 19 statement

Dear friend and supporter of Father Hudson’s,

You may well be wondering what impact COVID 19 and the necessary restrictions, resulting from the government guidance to prevent the spread of this infection, is having on Father Hudson’s Care.

Many of our services cannot cease. We have residents, tenants and clients who all rely upon the support that we give.

St Joseph’s care home, which cares for older people, and three St Catherine’s bungalows for adults with complex needs are home to those who live there. There is nowhere else to go. Therefore, our staff have to come in each day, and want to come in each day to continue to support those in their care.

Our tenants in the Domiciliary care service, where we offer supported living to adults with moderate learning disabilities, definitely need our ongoing support at a time which is very perplexing for them, and where ensuring their safety and support to comply with the guidelines is our responsibility.

Children still need fostering placements. Just this week we have placed another young person with our foster carers. He will be sure of good care with them.

In our Family Support in Schools service, we not only continue to work with young people and families whom we have relationships with already, but schools are also asking us to take on new families where they have concerns. It is a real challenge to form a trusting relationship over the telephone with new families. Indeed, adapting our service to support families whom we are already working with, using telephone support is a real challenge. So much of our work has been face-to-face and in groups. Families tell us they still more than ever need someone whom they can communicate with, who is understanding and there for them. As the months go on and people feel more isolated, this will become ever more important.

Our Young at Heart project in North Staffordshire, which up to recently was running nine lunch clubs and friendship groups for older people, has had to close the groups for the time being. However, the staff and volunteers are offering telephone befriending to the nearly 300 people who were using the groups. Not all will necessarily want this, but many value it highly. New volunteers continue to approach Young at Heart to support them in this newly shaped service.

/media/news/library/brushstrokes-food-distribution.jpgBrushstrokes, in its new centre in Smethwick, has been so busy since the move in September and was getting even busier every week. It has been necessary to now limit visits to the centre to the provision of food for those who would be destitute. The vital advice services, which Brushstrokes is highly regarded for, can no longer take place face-to-face, but are being offered via the telephone for those who are most at-risk.

St Chad’s Sanctuary also continues to offer food destitution support at the moment. This is being reviewed weekly. Maryvale Community Project and Hope Community Project are, this week, also reviewing what they are able to do.

Sadly, due to the frail health and complex needs of those who come from their own homes to St Catherine’s Day Service in Coleshill, we have had to cease this service for the immediate future, in order to protect them. We will re-open the centre as soon as it is safe to do so.

Tabor House, our collaborative permanent night shelter, was a real concern since it occupies a communal space rather than separate bedrooms for the guests. Birmingham City Council has worked with us to ensure that the guests from Tabor moved into the Holiday Inn in New Street where each has their own room. Some of our staff are assisting Birmingham City Council by supporting not only our own guests, but other people who were street homeless, who are being accommodated in the hotel.

Fatima House continues to offer a safe home to the nine asylum seeking women who live there, supported on a daily basis by the Columban lay missionaries, who are working closely with our Deputy Community Projects Manager.

The three refugee women living in Sophia House continue to receive support directly from Father Hudson’s, and eventually from Brushstrokes, as the weeks go on.

Now more than ever your kindness and generosity are invaluable. Please support us as we continue to support those who are in great need in this terrible time.

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