Published on 20th April 2020

Funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner is set to help those following social distancing or self-isolating from the Coronavirus at Crewe YMCA.

PCC David Keane has awarded one of his Safer Communities Fund Express Grants to the charity which is currently providing accommodation for 62 vulnerable people from its base on Gresty Road.

The £1,000 will allow the YMCA to purchase everyday equipment to support self-isolation including individual kettles for those currently using shared kitchens so they can make drinks safely in their rooms and single-use cutlery to allow them to prepare meals safely.

It will also allow the charity to purchase extra cleaning suppliers so that they are able to increase their hygiene and cleanliness in line with government guidance.

PCC David Keane said: “The coronavirus pandemic is having a profound effect on everyone in our society. That’s why I established this emergency fund to support those organisations and community groups that are helping our communities get through this crisis.

“YMCA Crewe do an incredible job ensuring homeless people in the area have access to safe accommodation and warm meals but it’s still important that they abide by social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“This funding will allow them to put in place a number of measures to improve the safety of those being supported at the hostel.”

Richard Holmes, development manager at YMCA Crewe, added: “We work with people who have experienced homelessness of every kind, from rough sleeping to sofa surfing. Many of those we support experience multiple and complex issues.

“Our aim is to offer services that go far beyond just a roof over their heads. We provide health and wellbeing sessions, employability opportunities and vocational skills.

“Our priority is keeping people well, staying safe and providing additional support in these unprecedented times. Our services are never more needed than they are now.”