It is just over 3 months since my last communication and with recent government announcements on the cautious relaxation of virus controls I thought it important to update you on our own plans for restarting of services. Safety of our participants and staff is paramount. Many of our services are dependent on the availability and safe operation of facilities in the area and so service resumption will be driven by this and government guidelines on size of gatherings. You can find the details of the services in the table below.
It would remiss of me not to reflect on the work our teams have been putting in over the past months not least Julie Nethercote who has led the introduction of a modified play provision for our high needs children in close cooperation with Portsmouth City Council and The Solent Academies Trust.
Our team at Landport Community Centre of Gavin Randall and Hollie Sherred have shown us how a small refocus can deliver great results by partnering with Radian Housing to fund a free meals service for vulnerable people in Portsmouth. In doing so we have forged strong partnerships with Jeanette Warren and her band of volunteers from the Lady Hamilton public house, Clare Martin at Pompey in the Community and various members of Portsmouth FC and the catering team from Havant and South Downs College. Hats off to the whole team who have now delivered over 5000 free meals!
We appreciate how recent months must have been very challenging for our service users and carers. All our team are keen to offer services as soon as government guidance allows and it is safe to do so for participants and staff alike.
Chair of Trustees
29th June 2020
Current Status and Outlook
Running interim service at 2 settings that will increase to 4 by end July to accommodate our Summer Play scheme.
Currently in abeyance looking to restart when schools return by late September.
Currently inactive but following risk assessments with users/families we hope to start slow reintroduction from mid-July.
Currently only one child receiving support from 2 befrienders but as above following risk assessments we plan to start slow reintroduction of service from mid-July.
Currently inactive, seeking to restart remotely from September.
Currently inactive but plan to survey users/parents in order to recommence in the September timeframe.
Portsmouth Youth Project
Online activities have been on-going and fortnightly meetings held using video conferencing. Following user/parent surveys we look to reintroduce in the September timeframe.
Hampshire Youth Project & Portsmouth Teenage Project
Currently inactive but hoping to restart in September timeframe once surveys have been completed.
Currently inactive. Planning to restart Young Adults in August and looking at other locations for other activities.
Currently inactive but plan to survey users/parents in order to recommence in the late July timeframe.
Inter Activ work experience
Restarting Repair Shop on 1st July. Other work programmes to follow as venues permit.
Landport Community Centre Cafe
Will open 3 days per week from July 8th with Covid safeguards in place.