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Continuing our vital support during Lockdown 2.0

An update from MASH’s CEO, Annie Emery

Throughout this challenging year our top priority at MASH has been to continue delivering our vital services safely, at a time when women need our support more than ever.

As we head into this next national lockdown with the addition of winter pressures, we know this will only worsen things for many women we work with who are experiencing challenges such as homelessness, isolation, domestic abuse and poor mental and physical health.

We have been getting to grips with the new restrictions, carefully reviewing the guidance and everything we learned during the previous lockdown.

The adaptations we’ve already made mean we can continue to offer our Covid-secure services. As of today (and always subject to change) MASH will;

  • Continue outreach via our mobile drop-in van five nights per week with a through the window service
  • Continue to welcome women into our Covid secure adapted Drop-In Centre five afternoons a week offering a three in three out service
  • Our frontline service team will continue to engage with women by phone and video calls (providing phones where necessary) and by meeting with them in a Covid secure way to provide food and activity packs
  • Continue to respond to emergencies as we always would
  • Our sexual health nurse practitioner will continue welfare telephone checks with women, support women to attend NHS appointments and will continue to provide postal STI testing kits, condoms and access to treatment
  • Continue to deliver our pilot net reach service supporting women who sex work online
  • Continue to liaise with our key partners and adapt our service delivery as needed depending on their adapted service models
  • Continue to support wider strategic partnerships and be part of solutions to continue to support those with multiple complex needs during the second Lockdown period.

We will always pull together and work hard to be here for women who need us. I want to reiterate my thanks to our incredible staff and volunteer team at MASH.  Every day they continue to show their usual commitment, dedication and selflessness, in such a period of uncertainty for us all.

Also I’d like to send out a big thank all of you who have been in touch, made donations, sent messages of support and enquired about how you can help. Your kindness and care at this time has really kept us going.

We’d love for you to ‘save the date’: between 1 and 8 December for The Big Give as donations will be doubled through matched funding.

Take care of yourselves and loved ones and stay safe during this period.

Thank you,

Annie Emery, CEO – MASH

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