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Kendal homeless prevention charity remains open for food and reassurance during second lockdown

Manna House will be open during the second lockdown providing food and reassurance. Pictured are Evie and Steve with bagged picnic lunches at a safe distance

A KENDAL based homeless prevention charity says it will remain open during the November lockdown to offer stability, safety, compassion, and companionship to those in need during uncertain times.

Andrea Alridge from the charity Manna House, in the Stephenson Centre on Ann Street in Kendal, is keen to get the word out that they will continue to provide food and reassurance during the second lockdown of 2020.

As Andrea explains: “We are relieved to be able to continue to stay open under new guidelines for essential services.

“People who come to us for stability, safety, compassion, and companionship rely on us to be sane and steady in these uncertain times. They need the food and reassurance we provide, as well as the advice and the advocacy.

“The world is confusing enough just now; we can be thankful that Manna House will be open to help people see through to the other side.”

The charity is also grateful for the support and care of local people who want to help prevent homelessness and keep the charity going by volunteering, fundraising and donating food and other items.

Andrea says it was heart-warming that so many people called the charity recently to seek help on behalf of two homeless people who had appeared in Kendal. Although despite repeated attempts by staff from Manna House to encourage the pair to use the centre, they were unsuccessful.

But she hopes the message that Manna House remains open, will help others who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

Manna House, South Lakeland’s homeless prevention charity, remains open for business even in the light of new government guidelines regarding COVID-19.  Current hours, at least until December, are:

  • Monday:          Women’s Group 10—12; Men’s Group 1—3pm
  • Tuesday:          Drop In & picnic lunch 11—1pm
  • Wednesday:    Skills Café 10—12 & picnic lunch 12—1pm
  • Thursday:        Rough Sleepers Only 1—2pm
  • Friday:             Drop In & picnic lunch 11—1pm

Monday through Friday, 9.30am to 3pm: Manna House are still taking calls regarding benefits, housing, food parcels or for a friendly chat.