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 had had minimal impact on our charity. We are working hard to ensure that this does not change with the easing of the lockdown measures, whilst being mindful of people’s civil liberties.
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
After a challenging start, we have been able to secure sufficient personal protective equipment to ensure that we currently 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. An increase in requirements to self-isolate may put pressure on our staffing structure but, at the moment, we have good staffing levels, and these will be monitored.
Colleagues who can work from home, having been doing so since March 23, and will continue to do so for the immediate future. 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.
Keeping in touch
Meeting friends in communities
People we support are now able to visit their friends in the communities, meeting people in open spaces and no more than six at a time.
Throughout the pandemic, family members have been keeping in touch with their loved ones through video calling, rather than face to face. The Trust has put in place a protocol to enable families and friends to visit people living in our communities. All of our communities are now welcoming visits from families and friends apart from Larchfield Community, as Covid-19 continues to have a high transmission rate in the Middlesbrough area.
Communities closed to external visits
For the time being, we are continuing to ask the public not to visit our communities. Whilst we do not wish to be risk adverse we support some vulnerable adults and aim to keep visits to the communities to a minimum, for the time being.
Our day services remain suspended. We continue to plan how we could open day services in a safe way. Re-opening of day services is likely to be done on a community by community basis, depending on local circumstances. We are investigating how we could use technology to deliver some day services in a new format.
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 a daily activity.
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 email@example.com.
If you have a named contact at Camphill Village Trust please get in touch with them through their email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).