Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our recent survey. A huge number of you shared thoughtful and constructive feedback about our reopening. We are listening and this information is invaluable in helping us develop our reopening plans. We had lots of offers to talk more about life post lockdown and what you want to see from the House when we reopen. We’ve started these conversations and are in the process of arranging some small focus groups – keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation if you said you’d be happy to talk more.

When we do reopen our doors, we know that the House we all return to won’t be quite the same as the House we left. There will be change. We are working hard to make sure that the House is covid-secure and we can reopen a club that members feel excited and safe to return to. If the timetable for the easing of government restrictions doesn’t allow us enough lead-in time to put processes and measures in place so that we can all feel safe to return, we’ll delay re-opening until we are confident that we have done all we can.

Our priority continues to be breaking the cycle of homelessness and we are working to strengthen and adapt the impact of our Employment Academy in the context of the significant changes for the hospitality sector caused by COVID-19. We are hoping to run our next Employment Preparation Programme before the year is out. We know the need for our work has never been greater. Since lock down began, we’ve worked with more than 100 graduates from all of our programmes, now our focus is helping more people navigate the easing of lock down restrictions and what this means for them and their employment.

We’ll be sharing more about our reopening plans in our member newsletters over the coming weeks. We’ll share what this means for our members our impact. Please get in touch if there is anything that you’re unsure about.

Thank you so much for continuing to support House of St Barnabas through this.

We can’t wait to welcome you back.