Covid-19 and homelessness: Fellows’ case studies
Amy Varle (above) has been working to help identify and house every homeless person across Manchester during the pandemic
Churchill Fellows are taking action against Covid-19 in a multitude of crucial areas, including working on measures to tackle homelessness. Here are their latest activities and insights.
Amy Varle: campaigning
Homelessness campaigner Amy Varle has been working with colleagues and partner organisations across her sector to help identify and house every homeless person across Manchester during the pandemic. On a national scale, she has been bringing together practitioners, charities and services across the UK to share knowledge and resources and create a framework for best practice in homelessness response. She is developing a technological hub of expertise, skill and resources to provide up to date support and guidance to services across the UK as well as for homeless people themselves. Her aim is to provide a centralised digital network hub so that services can coordinate and collaborate more easily and no homeless people are neglected. Amy received a Covid-19 Action Fund grant to support this work. Read Amy's Fellowship Report: Pioneering strategies for 21st century homeless prevention and response.
Graham Russell: emergency response
Charity leader Graham Russell is helping to house 450 rough sleepers in Bristol through his charity Second Step, which supports mental health among homeless people. Second Step, of which he is the Chair, is also providing support on how to cope with isolation, and encouraging cleanliness protocols. On his Churchill Fellowship, Graham Russell investigated community solutions for providing homes and supporting people at risk of homelessness.