Cancellation of upcoming Frontline Network Event

Here is a quick update on the situation regarding the Covid-19 and the South Yorkshire Frontline Network.

Following a change in Government guidance, we have been advised by the Frontline Network to cancel all of our local events for the next two months. This includes our next networking event around Mental Health on the Frontline on the 25th of March. We are taking this precaution to limit potential staff exposure to Covid-19, and limit staff shortages that could arise on the frontline if staff had to go into self-isolation after attending networking events. Going forward, I will let you know about the next event when we have further updates, although for now we are uncertain as to when this will be possible.

In the meantime, I will do my best to keep supporting you via digital content. The Frontline Network partners are looking to collect experience of frontline staff on the impacts of the pandemic on your services and people experiencing homelessness, in order to find a way to support you to keep the services going at best in this challenging period. I will come back to you about this in the near future. This will also offer you the chance to tell me ways that might be helpful for us to keep this support in the interim.

You can find relevant information to the homeless sector including how to cope with clients being infected in shared accommodation, staff absence, self-isolation for people sleeping rough or refusing to self-isolate:

https://www.homeless.org.uk/connect/blogs/2020/mar/05/covid-19-coronavirus-outbreak

Some practical advice regarding work, benefits and sick pay in light of the Covid-19 situation can be found on the Citizens Advice website: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

There are local community support groups that have emerged throughout the UK and could help if one of your clients has been self-isolating. To find a group in your area: https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/

=> Latest update from the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51939634 “Renters to be protected from eviction”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51901818 – please note that from today on, face-to-face assessments for sickness and disability welfare payments (PIP, ESA, some UC cases and industrial injuries scheme) will be suspended for three months.