Two weeks after going live, the emergency accommodation portal for Care Workers has received offers of property up and down the county with well over 100 units registered so far.

Care Workers are starting to register and be matched to accommodation. In the last week eight Volunteer Cornwall volunteers joined the team and are working hard behind the scenes on the project.

The Cornish charity, Cornwall Hugs, launched the campaign to connect Care Workers needing emergency temporary accommodation during the Covid-19 crisis with holiday let owners and resorts willing to provide it.  Care Workers who find themselves needing to self-isolate can register for emergency accommodation via a new online portal at www.cornwallhugs.org (click on the yellow button).  The Cornwall Hugs team will then respond and connect the Care Worker to available accommodation, if there is any in their area. Much of the temporary accommodation is offered freely while some is at cost (e.g. utilities) or for reduced rent.

Care Workers provide care for the most vulnerable members of society yet there is no statutory provision for them should they need to stay away from home in order to protect their own families or to relocate to cover staff shortages in other Care Homes.

Esmé Page, Founder of Cornwall Hugs;
‘Cornwall’s 15,500 Social Care Professionals can easily be the unseen heroes in this crisis and that’s why our service is specifically for them. With this practical help, accommodation providers can make a concrete difference in the fight against the virus. They’ll be protecting Care Workers’ families, preventing virus spread and crucially, enabling front-line workers to stay in post.’

Cornwall Hugs is a charity which began in 2017, originally to offer respite holidays to Grenfell survivors and firefighters. Nearly 500 Grenfell guests came to Cornwall through the project Cornwall Hugs Grenfell.

You can donate to Cornwall Hugs Care Workers at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/CornwallHugsCareWorkers