A Belfast-based charity has launched an urgent appeal for donations to help support some of the most vulnerable people in the city during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson for Homeplus NI, who provide a daily drop-in and advice centre in Belfast for vulnerable refugees, said: “We work with people who have no financial support, no access to benefits, and no accommodation. Their fragile safety net is buckling as the crisis continues.

“We also work with asylum seekers who thankfully do have accommodation and financial support of £37.75 p/w for each person in their household. Surviving on this amount is a struggle at the best of times, but at the minute with rising prices, panic buying and shortages, it is proving impossible for some.

“Schools have closed so that is another meal to carve out of that money. Support organisations such as Homeplus that were providing meals cannot offer this service for the foreseeable future, so this is another meal to provide from their weekly allowance, or indeed a regular hot meal no longer available for people with no financial support.

“Stockpiling isn’t an option for anyone in this position, and if you can’t afford food, then you can’t afford toiletries or clothes.

“We have set up a crisis fund to help vulnerable people through this. We know how uncertain it is right now and if you are not in a position to contribute then please do take care of yourselves and reach out to organisations that are there to help – they are there for you! It’s just if you do have a few spare quid right now it would really make a difference.”

Send a bank transfer to:
Danske Bank
49 – 51 University Road,
Sort code: 950679
Account number: 50197785
Narrative: Crisis Fund