Due to the social issues experienced by BHT’S service users, they are at an increased risk of COVID-19 and the impact of isolation. The loneliness caused by isolation is exacerbated by poor mental health, poor physical health, an absence of social networks and often no family members.
LandAid’s £8,660 grant will provide equipment and activities to help their clients look after themselves and help their self-esteem. For example, personal care items such as toiletries, fresh towels and comfortable clothes. This grant will also help their service users combat loneliness by providing mobile phones and top up credit. Activities such as puzzles and gardening equipment will also motivate and encourage their residents to be creative and support their mental health.
BHT is a charity and registered social landlord working with people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness and/or have complex needs. Their mission is: ‘combating homelessness, creating opportunities, promoting change’. They deliver diverse services in Brighton and Hove and across West and East Sussex, including: residential rehabilitation, high support hostels, day centre provision, mental health services, specialist housing and legal advice, residential provision for young people at risk of homelessness and young care leavers, and training and employment initiatives.