During the challenging past months Aspens has been 100% focussed on reducing the risks of Covid-19 to the people we support and care for, side by side with the safety and wellbeing of our staff. As well as priding ourselves on responding quickly to constantly changing government guidelines, we have taken the view that this should be seen as an absolute minimum and have endeavoured to do what we, as a charity, feel is right to protect the children and adults using our services and staff.
This disease is still very much at large, and we feel it is now as important as ever to continue to have the safeguarding of all as our number one priority. We ask for your understanding and patience as we continue to carefully follow the most up-to-date advice, procedures and guidelines from the government and ultimately make decisions based on our knowledge of those we care for and the best ways to keep them safe.
We are hugely grateful for the tremendous support from the whole Aspens family in helping to keep those we care for and our carers safe during this very challenging time.
Update - November 2020: In accordance with the latest government guidance regarding Covid-19, our Paddock Wood and Bexhill shops have now closed and our Seaford, Crowborough and Hampden Park shops will close from this Wednesday 4 November. The Bluebell Cafe at our Cornford Lane site will close from Wednesday 4 November. The Cornford Lane site will be closed to the general public from Wednesday, therefore the woodland walk, playground, outside gym and animal barn will not be accessible during this time. All shops and the cafe will open again as soon as lockdown rules allow.
Please see below for the most recent letters and information sent to the families, parents and carers of those we support regarding our Covid procedures in light of the latest government guidance.
Covid19 Update letter to families Nov 2020
Covid19 Update Guidelines for family visits Nov 2020
Aspens Covid 19 Policy Updated 27 Nov 2020
Supported Living/Residential Services: • Every person we support has their own unique risk assessment incorporating where they live and who they live with. • In line with the government’s current social distancing measures, we will consider the rights of all parties within a shared house when making informed decisions regarding visits. • Each individual case should be discussed with the manager of the relevant service.
Family Specialist Support/ Children & Young People’s Services: • A comprehensive 1-1 virtual offer is currently in place.• Where a young person is unable to access virtual, the need for a walk and talk or home visits will be assessed on a case by case basis.• Individual risk assessments, including a health questionnaire, will be carried out prior to all home/community visits.
Further resources and information on Covid-19:
Latest government advice on keeping safe.
NHS 111 Covid 19 Symptom Questionnaire
The National Autistic Society - Coronavirus Advice and Guidance
Easy Read Information on Coronavirus (produced by Aspens):