With concern rising about the global outbreak of Covid-19, and following yesterday’s advice from the government, we will now be taking some initial steps at FUN to safeguard our staff and members. Although the outbreak in the UK is still relatively contained, we need to take some proactive actions to ensure that we are doing all that we can to slow the spread of the virus.
Respite Services – Saturday Club, Holiday Respite Club, Youth Club & Young Adult Club
We are particularly mindful of those attending our respite services and the vulnerable young people that can be present at these clubs. As a consequence of this, we are now asking any young people/adults who exhibit symptoms of a cold or fever, not to attend our respite services until they have recovered. By a cold we mean symptoms such as persistent coughing or sneezing across the day or a runny nose or eyes. Symptoms of fever are a high temperature, shivering, shakes, chills, aching muscles/joints, excessive sweating, headache and generally feeling unwell.
In line with this, we will be relaxing our existing policy on refunds for sessions missed/cancelled at our Saturday and Holiday Respite Clubs. Until further notice, all member cancellations will be offered a full refund regardless of when the cancellation is made.
We are also ensuring that any support staff exhibiting these symptoms are not permitted to work at the sessions. We are planning to allocate additional sessional FUN staff at each of our respite services to ensure that staff absences due to sickness can be accommodated, and to allow greater flexibility to enable our staff to follow government hygiene guidelines about regular handwashing.
Easter Holiday Club
At present our Easter Holiday Club is being planned as normal for 6th, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th and 17th April 2020. We are carefully reviewing our plans for the club to see how we might be able to reduce risk and enable good hygiene as much as is possible.
We are keeping a close watch on the developing spread of Covid-19 and on government guidance, and we will keep all our members updated about any possible changes to our services over the coming weeks and months.
The FUN Team