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'Amazing' team give jabs to street homeless people

Date: 07 July 2021 to 31 December 2098

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust has joined forces with a charity and local authority to give COVID-19 jabs to street homeless people in Chichester. 

SCFT, the largest provider of NHS community services in Sussex, teamed up with Stonepillow, which helps homeless people, and Chichester District Council to provide vaccinations for 17 of the city’s rough sleepers. 

Clinicians Amanda Banton (pictured centre) and Rosie Tinker (pictured right), and volunteer co-ordinator Becca Randell (pictured left), all from the Trust’s Chichester Vaccination Centre, delivered the jabs at Stonepillow’s hub in Southgate, Chichester – city centre surroundings familiar to those receiving jabs. 

Support workers from Stonepillow picked up the people from locations throughout the city, including the charity’s St Joseph’s hostel in Hunston Road, and transported them to the hub. 

“We were delighted to support the vaccination of some of the street homeless people in Chichester by working in partnership with Stonepillow,” said Amanda, who is Deputy Clinical Lead at the vaccination centre, located in Westgate Leisure Centre. 

“We were welcomed by a great Stonepillow team and appreciative clients who seemed grateful to receive their vaccinations. Supporting the most vulnerable clients, who are often forgotten, is paramount.” 

Sarah Dakin, Fundraising and Communications Manager at the charity, thanked the vaccinators. 

“The clients were so pleased to receive their vaccinations and really grateful to the lovely team that came along,” she said. 

“We really appreciate the partnership which strengthens the work we do to keep our clients safe and secure.”  

Tom Polhill, a Rough Sleeper Co-ordinator from the council, also praised Amanda, Rosie and Becca, saying they were an “amazing team willing to go above and beyond”. 

“Supporting all clients’ individual needs and visiting those on the street, the team highlighted why a person-centred approach is essential to help those who are street homeless,” he said.