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.
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.
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