The SEVA Trust UK has confirmed that their collaboration with Smart CJS to support 45 of the Borough’s most vulnerable rough sleepers will continue during the second lockdown.
The Bedford-based charity started a fortnightly staple food service for the group who are currently looked after by Smart CJS, a charity supporting homeless and rough sleepers.
“Due to Covid19 our ‘somewhere safe to stay’ hub and homeless day centre are currently closed,” said Maddy Radoi, the Tenancy Sustainment Case Worker for Smart CJS, who run the Prebend Day Centre.
“We are currently working out of a hotel, where all our rough sleepers are accommodated. We would like to thank the SEVA Trust UK team for their fortnightly deliveries of staple food.
“It has been a tough time for all in emergency accommodation and it was a nice treat for all when SEVA Team delivered freshly made cakes.
“We are grateful for the wonderful support by SEVA Trust volunteers and all the other charities and community groups who are supporting us.”
SEVA Trust Chairman, Charan Sekhon said, “Our teams have worked very hard since March to support local communities, elderly and international students and we would like to continue this support throughout the winter months.
“Last month we carried out a consultation to identify the most vulnerable and needy groups in Bedford and we decided to support this group of around 45 rough sleepers currently in temporary accommodation.
“In addition to this, we are supporting 50 families facing financial hardship and over 75 international students who still need ongoing support.
“We will continue this work at least until the end of March next year.”