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Wayside Club restrict service for homeless with takeaway lifeline

A Glasgow charity that provides food, shower facilities and solidarity to the homeless community has temporarily amended its services amid the virus outbreak.

The Wayside Club, run by the Legion of Mary, is instead running a free takeaway food service from its doors as it announced it would postpone its usual services due to the coronavirus crisis.

The charity has also had to stop accepting clothing donations. The club usually opens every night. Jim White, secretary and treasurer for the Wayside Club, said: “We obviously still want to keep the club going, but a good number of our people are of an age over 70, so there is quite a considerable risk with that.”

Temporary limitations

Mr White, who is in his 80s, is currently self-isolating to avoid contracting the disease, but is confident the club will still be of use despite the temporary limitations.

“We had a pretty long discussion about the situation and there were people who wanted it to remain open as normal, but the Legion of Mary said we can’t do that and agreed to let us do the door service, which we are going to do until further notice.”

He added: “It’s something we regret having to do. A lot of the people we deal with are very vulnerable. A good number of them are elderly and others have health problems. We have to protect our volunteers as much as the people we help.”

The Wayside Club’s takeaway service every night from 7.30pm to 9pm and from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Sunday Mass has been cancelled.

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