St Petrocs responding to the COVID-19 crisis in Cornwall
St Petrocs is a frontline Cornish charity providing support and accommodation to people who are homeless. We receive no core-funding from the local authority or government.
We have 122 people living in our accommodation across Cornwall.
We have two resource centres - one in Truro and Breadline in Penzance where people can address their basic needs through using the shower and the toilet, visit the doctor, get food and help finding somewhere to live.
All our services are still open and operational, with extended opening hours to address the needs at this time and to allow for social distancing in-line with government guidelines.
Any financial support ensures the services remains open and means people can be fed and supported during this crisis. New people are becoming homeless all the time, but at the moment we are seeing homelessness as a result of the lockdown. With the housing market at a virtual standstill, there are extra problems helping people find accommodation.
How your donation will help us at this challenging time
Every single day we are working with over 170 people who require support with their accommodation, health and emotional needs.
We urgently need funds to help us to provide food to our clients at this time of crisis. Many of the volunteer led food provisions our clients depend on daily have had to stop running due to the restrictions in place and many of them being over 70.
3. Counselling services and telephone helpline
Freshfield, our drug and alcohol counselling and telephone helpline service is for both people with issues and their friends and families. It's a vital lifeline to people who are isolated at the moment. We are experiencing an increase in the demand for this service due to the added stresses social distancing and isolation presents.
We are extremely grateful to all who have shown us love and support at this difficult and challenging time. Thank you!