Charity for people facing coronavirus crisis handed vital support


A Tyneside-based charity that provides safe havens for people facing personal crises across the North East has been given a helping hand by a caring company.


Changing Lives, whose headquarters are in the Team Valley, is being helped by specialist cleaning firm Orbis Protect to continue providing a vital lifeline during the coronavirus outbreak.



The award-winning charity offers accommodation services for people experiencing homelessness and domestic as well as sexual abuse, and they have faced unprecedented demand since the outbreak of COVID-19.


Now Orbis Protect’s Seaham-based specialist team have stepped in so Changing Lives can rise to the challenge by donating manpower and materials to carry out deep cleaning at 12 of its premises across Tyneside, Wearside, Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire.


Neil Baird, Head of Homeless Services at Changing Lives, said: “The coronavirus pandemic is severely affecting people who are already facing difficult times.


“Often the people we support do not have access to a safe place to stay, to food and necessities like cleaning products. It is vital that everyone can self-isolate and socially distance themselves safely.


“We are committed to ensuring that our support services remain open. Our teams are working incredibly hard to help keep people safe and out of hospital, but it is an ongoing challenge.


“We’re extremely thankful for the help from the Orbis Protect team, who have been collaborative and supportive while working with us. By helping us to keep our properties clean and safe, they are playing a vital role in the coronavirus response.”


Working from Seaham’s Dawdon Enterprise Park, the Orbis team uses a cleaning method known as fogging, which creates a very fine mist that once sprayed hunts for bugs and viruses, including coronavirus. Deep cleaning – or decontamination – of properties allows residents to stay safe and can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Guy Other, Chief Executive at Orbis Protect, added: “The principle of giving something back to the community has always been important to us, and never more so than at this time.


“I’m proud that the team has supported the vital work Changing Lives leads, to enable people to access safe accommodation in their time of need so they can get back on their feet again.


“They lead by example and we have the expertise to give the charity’s staff and people who rely on Changing Lives, peace of mind through our decontamination services so they know they’re out of harm’s way as the country tackles coronavirus.”


Orbis Protect is also one of the UK’s leading security providers. Its teams provide hundreds of organisations across the UK with the confidence that their assets are secure and that their people are protected every day.



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