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Corona Virus: COVID19 – Learning and Leisure Updates
I wanted to issue an update about how we at Centre 404 and more specifically in the Learning and Leisure service are handling the constant changes and developments of the virus.
Although a virus to this scale has never happened in our lifetimes, Centre 404 already had in place a detailed Business Continuity Plan which covers a range of eventualities and an outbreak or pandemic was a part of that plan. We have put the plan in place, ordered supplies, actioned our senior staff teams to adapt the way in which our teams work to allow for additional precautionary cleaning and hygiene measures along with remote home working. Identified high risk individuals that we support, planned for closure of services and identified all of the ones that can’t close and would be top priority if things got worse. Although we never wanted to put these plans into place, to a degree, we were always ready to.
We have had to make some difficult decisions and close all of our children and young people’s clubs and groups along with our adult’s social group activities for the foreseeable future. We are only closing what we really need to and so our Day Opportunities Service, our regular children’s outreach service and our Adults outreach Finding and Matching service are all still running as best they can.
Where we are able and where we have available staffing we are offering 1:1 outreach in place of group activities. This may not be possible for everyone if their personal budgets or support packages don’t allow for this but we are in constant communication with the council where we deliver services to see about getting more support put in place for individuals who need it.
We have begun offering people telephone and/or video call support along with calling around everyone we support to make sure they are well and if they are in need of support with things such as shopping, medication collection etc. We want to be there to help with any practical support as well as any emotional support as best we can, ensuring no one is left isolated.
We plan to put our mini buses to use for supporting collection of shopping and if needed for supporting our staff to get to and from work.
All staff who have had their regular shifts cancelled are being offered alternatives in other projects that are continuing to operate so that they all have the option to continue working and have no need to be out of pocket during this difficult time.
Every day we are in contact with the local authorities and in consultation with them about still providing our services and also offering to support other services when we can across the borough whilst our staffing allows for this. For example, if another provider is struggling to offer support to someone, or additional support is needed due to closure of a day service for someone, we may be able to temporarily cover that support.
We are still planning on running a play scheme in Islington and Enfield although this will not be in our usual larger group setting but mini groups and 1:1 support only. There may be possibility for us to continue some sort of extended ‘play scheme’ provision during the country wide isolation measures to support family carers.
If you are concerned about getting out or getting help please call through to our Supporting Families team or your usual contacts within learning and Leisure if you need to talk. All contact details are on the website.
We urge you all to continue to follow the government’s advice and keep isolated where possible.
Thank you and take care,
Head of Service,
Learning and Leisure
We offer many fun regular weekly Activity Groups, Holiday Play Schemes and Outreach support for children, young people and adults.
The services that the team provide aim to give people a safe environment, where they are able to come, be themselves and take part in fun activities both in our centre and in the wider community. There is an emphasis on developing communication, confidence, self-esteem and life skills as well as building and maintaining key relationships through inclusive, engaging and fun activities.
You can choose the activities that you like to do and we will help you plan these into our Group Activity Programmes and Holiday Play Schemes. If we know there are a group of people interested in doing the same things as you we can even set this up as a new group.
Check out our Blog Posts to see some of the fun and exciting things we get up to on our Groups and Activities.
If you want to join any of our groups contact us or give us a call on 020 7607 8762
We offer weekly after school and weekend activity groups from Monday to Saturday during term time for Islington residents. There are both age specific groups, as well as groups aimed at particular support needs. We offer activity groups for those who have a learning disability and/or autism and their siblings too. We provide minibus transport for all groups, and travel buddies where appropriate.
We provide Outreach support for children aged 5-19 years old in both Islington and Camden. We provide person-centred support for individual children and young people to access activities in the community or at home. Support is provided in the evenings and weekends throughout the year.