Our graduates see us as a trusted friend and since the Coronavirus crisis began, we’ve been inundated with requests for help. We’re helping in ways that make sense for each person, whether that’s emergency practical funds, help getting online or in contact with loved ones, additional mentoring or counselling support, morale-boosting phone calls, food vouchers, signposting to relief funds, or help filling in benefit forms and navigating a new employment or housing scenario. We’re also getting care packages out to everyone that needs one.

Closing the House means the loss of key income streams overnight; private hire, new members and funds we receive from our catering partner Baxterstorey. Alongside prioritising supporting the vulnerable people that have experienced homelessness and need us now more than ever, we are also cost-saving wherever we can. This means furloughing some staff and senior members of staff volunteering to take a pay cut. We face a funding deficit this year and are doing all we can to make sure we’re still here on the other side of this virus. We’ve been really touched to hear from many of you who, despite facing uncertainty and worry yourselves, have asked us how you can help. Below are a whole heap of things you can do, but it’s not exhaustive. Get in touch if there’s something you want to do not mentioned here; we’re all ears!

Making a donation online
to change the lives of people affected by homelessness and social exclusion. If you are a UK tax payer please email us your Gift Aid declaration which will allow us to recover an additional 25% from the Government at no extra cost to you.

‘Donate the difference’
If you are currently working from home, how much are you saving on your commute, coffees and lunches? Can you save it up and donate it at the end of the month? Some members of the Club have got in touch to donate what they might normally spend on lunch and drinks in the House!

Employee Payroll Giving
Payroll Giving is a way for employees to donate to any UK-registered charity directly from their gross pay (i.e. before tax is taken). In order to operate the scheme your employer needs to contract with a recognised Payroll Giving Agency such as the Payroll Giving Team. Set up your regular donation, pre-tax here.

Matched Giving
Many companies are offering to match donations made to charities; Barclays have just announced a special fund to do so. Can your company help in this way by matching any donations you make?

Give while you shop
Lots of us are still shopping from home, whether that’s an office chair or handwash! Join Give as You Live and we’ll receive donations every time you shop at over 4,000 places including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Waterstone’s, Boden, Boots, Trainline, Just Eat, Curry’s and many more. If you shop on Amazon, please always start at https://smile.amazon.co.uk and make sure you’ve chosen to give to the House of St Barnabas. We receive 0.5% of the net purchase price.

Making a Will
When you are making a will, your first concern will naturally be for your own family and friends. We are also really grateful when people remember the House of St Barnabas. This Saga guidance outlines the different ways you can leave a legacy to a charity. Help us keep breaking the cycle of homelessness for years to come. If you make a pledge in this way, please let us know.