We are giving the rapidly changing COVID-19 Coronavirus situation our maximum attention, as we evaluate how to operate as a charity through this uncertain period.
Our Senior Management Team meet regularly about the COVID-19 outbreak and ensure that they keep up-to-date with advice from the Government, especially in relation to our position as a provider of preschool nursery services for deaf children.
We have sent out the latest information to parents and we have put signage around the building reminding everyone to remain vigilant about health and hygiene. Our team is following the guidance from the Government, which is helping us to keep our services and activities open at this time, but we are keeping this situation under careful review.
We are continuously reviewing all of our activities and fundraising events in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and in line with official advice.
In light of the government COVID-19 regulations announced on Wednesday 17 March 2020, we closed the nurseries at The Elizabeth Foundation from the end of Friday 20 March 2020. We continued to provide support, education and therapy for our children and families, keeping in regular contact with all parents of children attending our nurseries, providing learning activities for use at home and other support and advice.
After careful consideration of official advice, consultation with parents, and extensive discussions amongst staff/trustees, we re-opened our preschool nurseries on Monday 8 June 2020, and our Toddler and Baby nurseries from Monday 15 June 2020, on a reduced capacity basis.
Re-opening of preschool nurseries – 2020/21 school year
We fully reopened our baby, toddler and preschool nurseries on Monday 7 September 2020, with a wide range of measures in place to lessen risk for children, parents, staff and volunteers – as specified in our COVID-19 Policy. We have also restarted our Listen! groups.
In line with the latest Government Guidance, children are now permitted to attend more than one setting, as long as all settings are happy with arrangements and each setting has a COVID-19 Risk Assessment in place.
We will monitor and reassess on a regular basis our decision to restart our on-site services, taking into account factors including: the practicalities we encounter implementing this policy; our parents’ feedback; changes in official guidance; and any information we might receive about local rates of infection.
We remain absolutely committed to all our families and will continue to support them during these unprecedented times.
From 26 March 2020 we waived all fees until further notice for our online Let’s Listen and Talk programme so that families who need it at the current time can benefit from our advice, information and guidance.
Summer Residential Programme 2020
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we cancelled our Summer Programme 2020 that was due to take place 27-31 July 2020. This decision did not come lightly, but we felt it to be in the best interest for the health, safety and well-being of all involved. The Elizabeth Foundation is still working very hard to continue supporting families during these difficult and unprecedented times. We plan to be back next year in July 2021 for another Summer Programme, so please watch this space. If you have a deaf child aged 2½ to 5 years old and are interested in attending our 2021 Summer Residential Programme, please contact us.
With relation to our forthcoming and planned fundraising events:
- We have cancelled our Murder Mystery Event (due to take place on 21 March 2020).
- We have postponed our Community Fun Day (due to take place on 8 April 2020).
- We are also postponing, until further notice, our 10 Mile Sponsored Walk (due to take place 17 May 2020), our May Quiz Night (due to take place 19 May 2020), and our Golf Day and Dinner (due to take place 11 June 2020)
- We have cancelled our Summer Fayre (due to take place 5 July 2020)
- Where an event is cancelled or postponed that has tickets/places purchased, we will be contacting everyone who purchased tickets as soon as we can.
- We will review other future fundraising events on a continuous basis.
In addition, many mass participation events, including the Great South Run, have been cancelled by the event organisers, who will be able to provide information about refunds or carrying-over places.
New outdoor UK challenge events
With lockdown restrictions easing but with ongoing uncertainties over international travel, we have just added a new range of UK-based outdoor fundraising challenges to our events page, in partnership with leading company Charity Challenge. These range from tackling Ben Nevis in the Scottish Winter to a marathon distance trek between the 10 London Royal Parks from Richmond to Greenwich. Some of these events have just a £1 registration fee. Please note that the availability of these challenges may be affected by the ongoing pandemic – please check the COVID-19 advisory on the Charity Challenge website and their COVID-19 UK Challenge FAQs for further details.
Supporting our event fundraisers
Normally, whenever an individual undertakes a sponsored event for us we try to come along to cheer, support and celebrate with them. However, in line with guidance and risk assessment around travel restrictions, social distancing and helping to keep our wonderful supporters, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries safe at the present time, we will not be attending events in this way. Despite this, we hope that all our fundraisers will know that they are still very much in our thoughts and that we truly appreciate their efforts. We also remain happy to share (with their premission) any photos and information on social media.
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