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 supported to continue to lead a life of opportunity.
The opportunity to re-open Day Support across the Trust is very varied, depending on the guidance from the Local Authority (LA) whose regulation each of our communities are under. Some LAs are keen for day support to resume, others have put a blanket ban on day support for all social care providers for the time being.
General Managers are working closely with their LAs to enable some form of Day Support to open, as soon as the LA agree it is safe to do so, and the Trust is able to manage the risk. This involves completing final risk assessments and ensuring buildings are ‘COVID-secure’.
It is unlikely that we will be able to support the same number of people in any single day support session and so we may need to deliver a reduced physical day support model. We are looking at how we can combine physical day support with ‘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.
Keeping in touch
People living in our communities are able to meet with friends and families, leave the communities for extended visits or go on holidays. All visits and trips must comply with current government legislation and Camphill Village Trust protocols, which are in place to ensure that we can keep everyone in the communities as safe as possible.
Our cafes and shops
Taurus Crafts, our artisan retail outlet in Lydney, Gloucestershire, is open. The café has a reduced menu with outside seating or takeaway service.
The farm and gift shop at Larchfield Community, in Middlesbrough, is open although the café is shut.
All of our other cafés remain closed for the time being.
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.
Visitors are able to access the shop at Larchfield Community, but no other areas.
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 so until the end of September, when we will re-assess the situation. 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 rest of the year.
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.