A snapshot from lockdown

It’s hard to sum up what’s happened over the last four months. To explain the stories we heard and the smiles we saw.

They do say ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ so we’ve tried to share just a few of our highlights below… 

Thanks to all you #LockdownLegends who made it all possible!

A snapshot of the stories we heard and smiles we saw during lockdown
Thank you for supporting us through the COVID-19 pandemic.

#GiveHope: How you supported over 2,500 people during lockdown

Your support is transforming people’s lives

On the 23rd March 2020 Scotland went into lockdown. The COVID-19 pandemic presented everyone with one of the greatest challenges we’ve ever faced.

For people experiencing homelessness the challenge was even greater. 

Having nowhere to self-isolate meant more risk of becoming ill with the virus or spreading it. The services people relied on disappeared – places people would go for food and clothes closed, along with shower and laundry facilities. The social interactions people took comfort from had to stop. 

You helped changed the desperate situation for so many people experiencing homelessness. Here’s the amazing story that you played a part in. 

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Get Connected gave 36 people who experience homelessness a smartphone with unlimited data.

Get Connected – Our Digital Access Pilot Delivers Amazing Results

A rapid response to support people during COVID-19

At the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, we ran a pilot to help people get connected and access support they needed. Through Simon Community’s Get Digital project, we gave 36 people a smartphone with unlimited calls, texts and data. Everyone participating in the pilot was already using our Housing Support service in Edinburgh. They were living in temporary accommodation (e.g. BnBs, and other council provision) and facing the most extreme forms of homelessness.

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