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Help fight Covid-19 power poverty

Help fight Covid-19 power poverty

Why we need your help

RESTART Lives is fighting the ‘power poverty’ that disproportionately affects London’s homeless during the Covid-19 health crisis.

“I used to go to the library to use the free WiFi there but now it’s closed, I can’t get online. I don’t have money for data or credit so I can’t use my phone in my room.” Brenda, RESTART guest

What is ‘power poverty’?

Access to free Wi-Fi and the ability to plug in and charge a mobile device vanished overnight with the closure of almost all public places due to the Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing measures.

Power poverty has made it almost impossible for people experiencing homelessness – from rough sleepers to people in hostel accommodation and housed insecurely - to get online and stay connected to friends, family and support during the current health crisis.

We are very concerned that this will see homeless people becoming even more isolated and detached, with impact upon their physical and mental wellbeing. Our team of volunteers and staff are working hard to increase feelings of safety, confidence and connection for the homeless community, building trust and rapport at a time when they have told us they feel most vulnerable.

How RESTART Lives is fighting power poverty

RESTART is adapting its services to offer support differently during this period of increased risk from isolation and further disadvantage for people who are homeless:

  • plugging the power gap by providing London’s homeless with access to free portable phone chargers – which can be brought back to recharge at our Power-Up Library whenever they visit us.
  • offering a lifeline to people experiencing homelessness in London by providing free mobile datapacks to get online plus unlimited texts and calls.
  • maintaining regular contact via our new Befriending Network of trained volunteers: listening, checking in and offering emotional companionship and support during this challenging period for mental health.

Power bank to charge mobile devices branded with Restart Lives charity name

What else are we doing to underpin this campaign?

RESTART has added a free takeaway hot food service on Saturdays and Sundays and served more than 700 meals at weekends in April alone as demand peaks in response to the closure of alternative options during this health crisis. 

Please donate to our campaign and help us fight power poverty for London’s homeless community. Your donation will go a long way towards supporting any aspect of Restart’s work to fight homelessness and power poverty.

‘Power poverty’ has made it almost impossible for people experiencing homelessness – from rough sleepers to people in hostel accommodation and housed insecurely - to get online and stay connected to friends, family and support during the current health crisis.

This creates a real risk that people living in relative financial poverty will become even more isolated and detached, with significant impact upon their physical and mental wellbeing.

“I used to go to the library to use the free WiFi there but now it’s closed, I can’t get online. I don’t have money for data or credit so I can’t use my phone in my room.” Brenda, RESTART guest

RESTART has set out to address this type of ‘power poverty’ that is disproportionately affecting London’s homeless during the Covid-19 lockdown.

We are very concerned that this will see people becoming even more isolated and detached, with impact upon their physical and mental wellbeing.

This type of ‘power poverty’ is a significant problem faced by the homeless community. Face-to-face contact with case workers and online support are being sacrificed to the loss of power sockets to charge a phone.

The cost of mobile data to get online or use video conferencing apps are beyond the reach of many experiencing homelessness, or housed but living in financial hardship as they access homelessness support services.

Our team of volunteers and staff are working hard to increase feelings of safety, confidence and connection for the homeless community, building trust and rapport at a time when they have told us they feel most vulnerable.

How RESTART Lives is fighting power poverty

RESTART is adapting its services to offer support differently during this period of increased risk from isolation and further disadvantage for people who are homeless:

We’re plugging the power gap by providing London’s homeless with access to free portable phone chargers – which can be brought back to recharge at our Power-Up Library whenever they visit RESTART at St Cuthbert’s Centre, Earl’s Court.

RESTART is offering a lifeline to people experiencing homelessness in London by providing free mobile datapacks to get online plus unlimited texts and calls.


RESTART are maintaining regular contact with guests via our new Befriending Network of trained volunteers: listening, checking in and offering emotional companionship and support during this challenging period for mental health.

What else are we doing to underpin this campaign?

As a direct response to the closure of most similar services in London, RESTART has added a free takeaway hot food service on Saturdays and Sundays to the existing weekday one being provided by Refettorio Felix, in collaboration at St Cuthbert’s Centre, Earl’s Court. We served more than 700 meals at weekends in April alone as demand peaks in response to the closure of alternative options during this health crisis.

How you can help:

Donate to our campaign and help us fight power poverty for London’s homeless community. Your donation will go a long way towards supporting any aspect of Restart’s work to fight homelessness and power poverty.

This could include:

£5 helps us keep our regular food service running for people who are homeless or in need

£10 will be a big help to keep our Power-up Library running to tackle power poverty

£20 will help people stay connected to support and companionship via services like our Befriending Network

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May 27, 2020

Al

Such amazing and important work you are doing. Thank you!

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May 17, 2020

Jenna

This is a fantastic initiative that is really adapting to the needs of the new world we have around us. Being a vulnerable group already, this will support the homeless guests of Restart to be connected to the community. Keep up the great work.

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