Managing Coronavirus at York Road Project – updated 30th March 2020


York Road Project (YRP) continues to follow all advice from the Government and Public Health England (PHE).

To ensure that no-one has to rough sleep and to provide more beds than we normally have, YRP, in partnership with Woking Borough Council has relocated all services to the HG Wells Centre with accommodation for rough sleepers now provided in Woking Hotel.  This increases our bed capacity to 24 for those in need and we will be open 24 hours a day for the foreseeable future.

Our Night Shelter in York Road remains temporarily closed. All clients staying at the Woking Hotel have an ensuite room which allows for self-isolation if necessary and reduces the need for anyone to be out in the town. Our Day Team will be on site during the day to offer ongoing support and advice. Our Day Centre in Goldsworth Road will be staffed by a skeleton crew to answer phones and to accept donations and respond to enquiries.

Entry to the hotel will be via the HG Wells Centre and anyone new who needs a bed is advised to go there during the day.  The building will close at 10.30pm until 7am.   

This provision is for those with a local connection to Woking and anyone from outside the borough who needs accommodation is advised to make contact with their local authority immediately.  If you are currently sofa surfing, we advise you to stay there if possible and reduce the risk of spreading the virus further.  We still have clients in eight beds in the Travelodge and they will stay there for the foreseeable future.

We are a small team and a call to action has already been implemented asking for volunteers to step forward and offer their time and help us to help those in need.  Most services in Woking are either closed or offering a reduced service which means we are needed more than ever.  If you are able to offer time to help with cooking, talking to clients, collecting food etc. please email with your availability to [email protected]

Please note; due to the increase in workload, staff may not get back to you immediately.

We still need your help with donations, both financial and in-kind.  In particular we are looking for cleaning products, sleeping bags, individually wrapped snacks, crisps and pot noodles. We have a list on our website within the news section which will be updated as regularly as possible.

If you wish to donate items, please either drop off at HG Wells Centre between 7.30am and 10.30pm (7 days a week) or 30 Goldsworth Road between 8.30am and 4.30pm (Monday to Friday).

If you see anyone you believe may be homeless, please let them know where they can go and tell us.  But also remember that we are unable to ‘force’ anyone to use our accommodation, although we are great at persuading.

We thank the people of Woking including individuals, business and partner agencies for all the help we are receiving. 

Thank you and stay well.

York Road Project
 

York Road Project is a registered charity in England and Wales #1162835 at 1 York Road, Woking GU22 7XH
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