Our Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
Staff Appreciation: Stories of our Staff going Above and Beyond!
- Sofia from our Mildmay Supported Housing Project
Sofia reorganised the planned National Tea Day to be virtual so our staff and service users could still connect with each other. She came up with the lovely idea of holding an online competition where we ask service users and staff to send in a picture of themselves drinking tea, but in a ‘funniest’ or ‘craziest’ way! The winner received one month of free tea supplies! Find more details on the winners on the Supported Housing section of this page!
- Michelle Sharp from Supporting Families
Our wonderful Supporting Families Team have been continuing their tremendous work whilst we have been in lockdown, continuing to provide the family carers of people with learning disabilities and autism support which has never been so essential in these difficult times! Here is Michelle Sharp, conducting a ‘virtual coffee morning’ session with some of our family carers. Our Supporting Families team have been truly committed to continuing their services and providing family carers with a degree of normality in the midst of this new reality and they have all found new and innovative ways to do so! You can see more details on the Supporting Families section of this page.
Thanking our Frontline Key Workers!
- Since the Thursday 26th March we have been encouraging people to clap for all carers and key workers as well as our amazing NHS staff as part of the #clapforourcarers every Thursday at 8pm. This big applause and cheers from front doors, windows, gardens, balconies etc. shows our support workers and all key workers how grateful we are for the amazing work they do, especially in these unprecedented times!
- At the end of March/ early April we had a special thank you message directly from our CEO Linda (as below), as well as the plan to fundraise and collect appreciation gifts for our Frontline Key Workers and Volunteers to show them just how grateful we are.
I hope our followers can join me in again thanking our frontline key workers who travel in to work everyday to support people with learning disabilities. Many of our service users are also vulnerable to the risks of catching Covid 19. So their efforts are crucial to keeping people safe. – Linda CEO
- Thanks to the continued support from one of our dedicated volunteer shopping teams, we were able to say thank you to some staff with Easter Eggs kindly donated by our local Waitrose on Holloway Road. Below you can see some of our wonderful staff enjoying their well deserved chocolate!
- The JustGiving campaign for Appreciation Gifts for our Covid-19 Frontline Key Workers and Volunteers was hugely successfully, so we were able to purchase things to top up the gift donations kindly received from some staff, volunteers and local supporters.
- On Thursday 7th May some of Centre 404’s Central Services team spent the day putting together care packages and fruit baskets for our incredible key workers with the help of two of our amazing volunteers, Annabelle and Rachel.
- We wanted the care packages to go out to those people working in our Supported Housing projects and Learning & Leisure teams as our support workers put themselves at risk everyday to ensure our service users continue to receive the upmost level of care.
- We also sent packages over to our wonderful team of volunteers who have been vital members of the Centre 404 community by helping to deliver food donations and taking part in befriending calls with our service users, the result of which is reducing social isolation for many vulnerable people during these times.
- Our support workers and volunteers have been truly admirable during these times and really show that not all heroes wear capes! Thank you to all of Centre 404’s key workers and front line staff, you are all truly wonderful and we are so grateful for everything that you do!
- Read the full blog story with all the photos and quotes here!
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Looking after our staff’s mental health and wellbeing has always been a key consideration at Centre 404. We are committed to creating a supportive environment for all our workers and employees that ensures mental health and wellbeing and provides support where it is needed.
We have put mental health and wellbeing at the heart of our people agenda as we respond to the Covid-19 outbreak
Throughout the pandemic we have put in place a host of initiatives to help our staff look after their mental health. We have added to what was already in place with our employee assistance programme by promoting our new partnership with Able Futures and introduced online resources. Our Managers have provided on-going reassurance to staff of the safety measures that we have in place and there have been regular communications as government guidance has developed. We have a new Mental Health and Wellbeing policy and have signed up to the Time to Change pledge and to be a Mindful employer.
We recently took part in Mental Health Awareness Week and encouraged staff and the people we support to send in their stories of ‘What Kindness Means to You’ inspired by the Mental Health Foundations Kindness campaign.
We had some great responses from both our staff and our service users as seen here: