Important Treloar’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
March 30, 2020 / 9:31 am
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a cause of great anxiety for all of us. For our students, as they are particularly vulnerable, and their families it is especially worrying. During this time Treloar’s continues to provide vital services to support them.
In line with government guidance and that of our medical and safeguarding teams, Treloar’s has introduced a range of precautions to help reduce the risk to our students and staff. As the guidance changes so does our response.
The current situation on our Campus
Although many of our students are shielding at home in line with Government policy some of our students remain either because needs can be better met on site or because Treloar’s is their home. To minimise risks from contact, we have put students and staff into smaller groups to be able to maintain social distancing. Such limitations means the School and College day is very different, but learning and care still goes on. We are attempting to support all of our young people and are delivering lessons, care and therapy in a number of different ways.
Every effort is being made to reduce the risk of the virus entering our campus. Since the beginning of March, only essential medical visitors have been allowed. We have kept movement of staff across the site to a minimum and all staff and students have been trained and are constantly encouraged to practice good hand washing and cleaning routines.
What is the longer impact for Treloar’s?
We don’t need to tell you the situation changes almost hourly. One thing for sure is this challenge is going to affect us for some time to come. Our services have already changed so that we can support our students and families back at home as well as those who have stayed on our Campus.
Our fantastic teachers continue to put together learning materials to keep learning as a priority, Transition staff keep working with families and therapists continue to provide invaluable support to our young people too.
Our dedicated nursing team continue to support the complex medical needs of our students. Our therapy teams are calling our families three times a week to check on things such as posture and dealing with any questions parents may have. Our care staff have truly risen to the occasion, supporting our students by lending an ear and providing reassurance while maintaining as much normality as possible to their routine.
Many of the staff with office based roles are working from home or doing other jobs to ensure as few people as possible come on to the Campus. Our terrific transport team have been travelling across the country, taking anything our students need, from personal hygiene items, medication and iPads, to bean bags and mobile hoists.
It is truly inspiring to see how the Treloar family have been able to rise to the challenge – putting students and their families first.
What can you do to help?
Firstly, although we are normally very open and visitors are welcome, regrettably at this time it is not possible to visit our Campus.
Many of the services we supply and that are currently helping our students are not covered by statutory funding. As always, we rely on the goodwill of our supporters to provide a breadth of services and specialist equipment. We, like many others, will be significantly affected by a dramatic drop in fundraising income until this very difficult situation is resolved and the virus has been beaten.
We need as much help today as we have ever needed in our 112 year history . We are hugely grateful for the generosity of all the support given to date and we are also fully aware of all the difficulties people are dealing with themselves at the moment. However, if you are able to support our work at this time it will make a huge difference for the students and families we are supporting and our gratitude would be immeasurable. We will continue to provide support throughout this challenging period and we look forward to the day when the virus is beaten.
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