COVID-19: We Need Your Help to #GiveHope

Simon Community Scotland Emergency Appeal


Help Simon Community Scotland #GIVEHOPE Today!

Simon Community Scotland have been providing front line services to people who are homeless for over 54 years.  We pride ourselves on acting first, meeting the needs of the hardest to reach homeless people by tackling the causes and effects of homelessness head on, and unapologetically. We’re a hardy bunch: a resilient team who is expert in our work.  There’s not much we’ve not seen or done for people who need us and you have our promise that throughout this time, however long it lasts, we will always be there but we urgently need your help to keep our promise.

Help Us Give Hope

Hear from our CEO Lorraine McGrath, about the impact of COVID-19 on the people we support.
Your donations can make a huge difference!

We know that there are many things, often small things, which will mean the world to people who are homeless, that we can do. We want to ask for your help so that we can give back hope at scale right across our country, from East to West and North too.

We have set up our first ever crowdfunding page and ask that you can give what you can and help us give hope to others by sharing this opportunity for everyone you know to touch the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our country at a time when they need us most.

Examples of your donations could help are:

  • Kettle Food Parcels – will allow us to purchase a variety of dried foods for people who don’t have cooking facilities to make sure no-one goes hungry.
  • Pyjamas and Underwear – will allow us to provide touches of dignity to people who come into our accommodation services.
  • Toiletries – will allow us to help people feel just that little bit better, uplifted and clean.
  • 3G Text and Call Phones – will allow us to connect daily with people who really need our help.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with the greatest challenge we’ve ever seen. For the people we support it could be devastating: having nowhere to self isolate, already being in poor health and having desperate needs which means they may put themselves, and others, at greater risk of cross infection. The people we support have experienced the homelessness services landscape they rely upon to get through each day shrink dramatically. The places they go, the crucial support they rely upon has largely disappeared and they are scared of the current reality they are faced with.

The food provision they knew is gone.  The clothing providers they relied upon are gone.  The shower and laundry facilities they need have all but disappeared.  The social networks and lifeline services they need can’t continue. We understand the reasons for this, but when you are already deeply traumatised and navigating a complex homelessness system this seems hopeless…

We are doing everything we can to give people the chance to be safe, our street team in Edinburgh and Glasgow continue to reach out day and night to people, our already full accommodation services remain open 24/7, our Advice Hubs continue to support and guide people towards help, and from today, we are opening emergency accommodation with hoteliers and the support of the Scottish Government.

Supplies are running low in our warehouse.

The pressure on our resources is huge, as many of our own staff have to self isolate. We are over recruiting so that we have more staff to help. We’re also asking our incredible volunteers to come work for us for three months and we’re redeploying our most experienced staff to where the need is greatest.

We are using up our resources of cash, food and clothing at a phenomenal rate and we need your help to keep pace. If you can donate cash that would be fantastic, all money raised will go into a fund specifically for the corona crisis period.

There are many more examples we could give.  None of this costs the earth, in fact all are just a few pounds, but as we increase our staffing complement as a matter of urgency to ensure every person who needs us has our support as a priority, your help with these little extras will mean the world to people who are homeless and feeling hopeless.  Together, above all else, let’s give hope.

Personal Protective Equipments

Find out why we need Personal Protective EquipmentLike most places we are really short of disposable gloves, antibacterial gel, aprons and masks of which we have none. If anyone can help with any of these products they will be immediately utilised in our accommodation services, protecting staff and residents so we can continue to deliver the service.

  • Sterile Gloves
    (Size: S/M/L)
  • Surgical Masks
  • Aprons
  • Shoe Protectors
  • Hand Sanitiser

Mobile Phones


  • Pay-As-You-Go Mobile Phone
    With SIM card and top-up

Food Items


Kettle Foods

  • Pot Noodles
  • Super Noodles
  • Cupa Soups
  • Pasta’n’Sauce

Sundries

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Biscuits (non-perishable)
  • Crisps
  • Pasta Sauce (jars of various flavours)
  • UHT Milk

Refreshments

  • Fizzy Juice
  • Diluting Juice
  • Bottled Water

Protein

  • Tinned Tuna
  • Fray Bentos Pies
  • Tinned Pulses
  • Tinned Stew

Carbohydrates

  • Pasta and Sauce
  • Dried Pasta
  • Packet Rice
  • Dry Rice

Clothing


Male

  • Pants: Boxers
    (Size: S/M/L)
  • Pyjamas
    (Size: S/M/L)
  • Full Tracksuits
    (Size: S/M/L)
  • Socks
  • T-Shirts
  • Slipper type shoes

Female

  • Pants: Cotton Briefs
    (Size: 8, 10, 12)
  • Pyjamas
    (Size: S/M)
  • Socks
    (Size: 1-4 & 5-8)
  • Slipper type shoes

Toiletries


Male

  • Razors
  • Shaving Foam
  • Body Wash
  • Deodrant
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Moisturiser
  • Toilet Bags

Female

  • Razor and Shaving Foam
  • Soap and Body Wash
  • Deodrant
  • Hair Brushes
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Moisturiser
  • Toilet Bags
  • Sanitary Products

Other Items


  • 64 Litre and 84 Litre Storage Boxes
  • NOW TV Dongle
  • Bleach

Your Skills

As well as physical donations, your time and skills can also make a huge difference for the people we support. We are particularly in need of the following skills. If you are able to help, please get in touch via volunteering@simonscotland.org.

  • Van Driver (with van)
  • Driver (with car)
  • Chef

Thank You

Thank you for making it possible for us to continue supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic!