Keeping people we support and colleagues safe has been our number one priority during the pandemic and, to date, Camphill Village Trust has been fortunate that Covid-19 has had a minimal personal impact on our charity. We are working hard to ensure that this does not change.
On the 19th July, the Government ended most legal restrictions in England as part of their Road Map out of lockdown (step four). As a Social Care provider we have worked with each community and service to determine how we will continue to run our services to ensure that we continue to keep our colleagues and those we support safe.
Our supported living and residential home services continue to be offered to the people we support. Whilst we have had to make some adjustments to how our services are run, people continue to be supported to lead a life of opportunity.
Our day services are now open. Some changes have been made to ensure that people can take part safely and in a COVID secure way, but we are delighted to welcome people back.
Our cafes and shops
Our shops and cafes are open but there may be some changes to our services. Please check before you visit. Taurus Crafts, our artisan visitor centre, is fully open. We continue to ask customers to wear a mask when using our cafes and shops. Our cafes and shops are training spaces for adults with learning and other disabilities and we want to keep them as safe as possible for the people we support, our staff and visitors.
Our communities are open for outdoor visits.
Internal visits to communities are possible if pre-arranged and with Lateral Flow testing requirements. Please contact the community before visiting.
What we are doing to keep people safe
Management of Covid-19
Our Covid leadership team meets weekly, or more frequently if required, to review any charity issues related to Covid-19.
Supplies of PPE
We have secured sufficient personal protective equipment to ensure that we have all the resources that we need. Supplies of PPE are being monitored across our nine communities.
Track and Trace
We have protocols in place for anyone connected with the Trust who is contacted by the Track and Trace system. We are implementing our own ‘Track and Trace’, for anyone who has been in contact with someone who is awaiting test results for possible Covid-19.
Colleagues who could work from home began doing so in March 2020 Although the Government has said people can begin returning to the offices, we continue to work from home where possible to ensure that people are minimising any risk of infection.
We continue to use PCR tests for our colleagues on the front line. Office-based staff take twice-weekly lateral flow tests. Staff visiting other communities also take lateral flow tests before visiting.
We have seen an excellent take-up of vaccines from both our colleagues and our community members. We are continuing to encourage those who have yet to be vaccinated to do so.
Looking for support
At the moment, we are not in a position to welcome new members to our communities. However, people who are looking for support can continue to research whether a Camphill Village Trust community would be the right choice at www.camphillvillagetrust.org.uk/support/. You can register an interest in joining a community for either supported living or day services here www.camphillvillagetrust.org.uk/contact-us/ and someone will be in touch.
We continue to have a number of vacancies and welcome applications to join our team from people with a variety of backgrounds. You may already have experience in care, or this might be the first time you have considered it. What is important to us is that you share our values, have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Job opportunities can be found here www.camphillvillagetrust.org.uk/joinourteam/.
If you are someone we support or a family member of someone we support, please get in touch with your community General Manager.
If you are someone supported through Shared Lives or a Shared Lives carer then please get in touch with the Shared Lives team.
If you are a candidate who has applied for a role please get in touch with the contact listed in your candidate brief or with HR at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a named contact at Camphill Village Trust please get in touch with them through their email address (email@example.com).
For general queries please use the ‘contact us’ form on our website www.camphillvillagetrust.org.uk/contact-us/ or call our central Trust office on 01653 228 322.