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.
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.
Due to rising infection rates and the third national lockdown, our day services are suspended for this period.
We are continuing to offer ‘virtual’ day support – utilising the technology which we have successfully used to implement Opportunity TV and the Zoom sessions.
Keeping people active and occupied
The charity has embraced technology as we have looked for new ways to provide coproduced learning and activities for people. We have introduced ‘Opportunity TV’, https://bit.ly/opportunitytv, which provides a way for people to keep in touch with their friends across the communities and have a focus on daily activity.
Our cafes and shops
Our Botton Village Store and Post Office will remain open, however all our other public facing shops and cafes are currently closed. This includes Larchfield Community Cafe and shop, Taurus Crafts, Kingfisher Cafe, Botton Village Coffee Bar and Cafe on the Corner.
Our communities are not able to receive ad hoc visitors at this time. Communities are open for pre-arranged visits by the family and friends of people we support, and for deliveries.
What we are doing to keep people safe
Management of Covid-19
Our senior leadership team, along with other key personnel meets most days to review any charity issues related to Covid-19.
Supplies of PPE
We have secured sufficing 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 can work from home, having been doing so since March 23, and will continue to do. Offices are being assessed for maximum capacity to enable social distancing to take place and individual teams are looking at how they will balance home/office working for the foreseeable future.
The Trust has acquired a number of approved Covid Rapid Antigen Test kits for both colleagues and community members.
We are joining with our friends across the sector to push for further information as to when our community members and colleagues will begin to be vaccinated.
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 small 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.