July the 19th has arrived – and with it, we see a change to the rules and regulations around Coronavirus in the United Kingdom.
Specifically, from today the need to wear masks in previously compulsory settings has changed – and the need for precautions like Social Distancing has also now been removed. Whilst COVID-19 is still a problem which we are dealing with, today marks a return to the closest to ‘normal’ that we have been from some time.
In this post, and in our accompanying communications, we hope to outline what these changes mean for the support you have been accessing from Mid Kent Mind.
The short answer is – not much will change!
A large portion of our work currently has been commissioned to be delivered in a virtual format, and we are conscious that for many of you, this is still the most accessible format through which you can access support. We have zero intention of changing this at present, and as such, all of the support which you have been accessing via ZOOM will continue to be available to you. We know from speaking to so many of you across the last year that this really has been innovative in positive ways, and we want to continue that innovation in the ways in which you access our support.
There will, however, be some changes to the face-to-face services we have been offering again from our College Road building – with the biggest change being a change to the bookings system which we had previously had in place for both our Arts and Crafts and our Social Group.
From today, the need to book a space on one of these sessions is no longer necessary – and Social Distancing will no longer need to be in effect within our building.
We are conscious that our service users will have different feelings about these changes. Indeed, different people have different feelings about an ease on restrictions. We have taken some steps to alleviate these anxieties and hopefully enable more people to access support. The first is a flexible mask policy. If you personally feel as though wearing a mask will enable you to access support, then you are welcome to wear a mask at any time during your visit to our building. Alongside this, you are also welcome to social distance if you feel more safe doing so. Whilst there will not be a provision for this within the building itself, we have now set up a gazebo in our garden (pictured below) and we hope that by having this in place, we will enable people who may still wish to social distance outside to come and access our support services.
Our first priority throughout this pandemic has been, and continues to be, the safety of our clients.
If at any time you feel unsafe, then please do let a member of our team know. We are here to support you.
Our services are subject to change if Government Guidance changes. As always, we are guided by the government and their advice around the need for COVID Regulations, and will always adapt our delivery to meet their recommendations when it comes to the safety of our clients.
If you have any questions about the changes to our support, please e-mail email@example.com.
Alternatively, you can call us on 01622 692383.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to welcoming you back into our building soon.