The events of the last week have been a cause of great concern for everyone. At New Horizon, like so many organisations in the youth and homelessness sectors, we have been rapidly adapting our service to the changing recommendations of the Government and Public Health England.
For the last 53 years we have been proud to have supported the most vulnerable young people in the capital through our daily drop-in. Sadly, after a week of consultations, planning as well as discussions with young people, we have however made the difficult decision to temporarily close the centre doors on Friday 20th March. The unfolding and escalating situation with the spread of Covid-19 has meant that we cannot continue to operate our usual face to face services from the daycentre safely as doing so would put both young people and staff at risk.
Obviously, we care deeply about our mission and the young people that we support, and we also care intensely about our staff without whom we cannot deliver our mission or protect the organisation to continue for another 50+ years. Both of these things have been at the forefront of all our decisions this week, like they will be in the coming days and months
Like many organisations, our next steps are fast evolving and require us to think how we can best utilise our talented 45 staff, our incredible facility and our trusted relationships differently, so we can deliver our mission in new ways over the coming months.
So while our physical doors will close, the work of the centre will continue and remain as important as it ever was. Some of the team will now be working remotely to support young people in new ways, and some will be collaborating with other youth homelessness providers and our London Youth Gateway partnership on projects that respond to the emerging needs created by the impact of the coronavirus. In the next few weeks we hope to open the centre doors again as part of an evolving joint response by Camden Council and local homelessness agencies to the most pressing needs across the homeless community.
Thank you to everyone who has offered their help, time and resources this week. We will be keeping in touch with you about when and how we use these. As our plans and collaborations progress, we will provide updates these and our delivery through our website and social media.
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For ongoing updates about our services for young people, please see nhyouthcentre.org.uk/get-help
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