WVS suspends Clubs and Support Centres for 4 weeks
Submitted by Phil on
As you will be aware the country is experiencing the effects of a new virus called ‘Coronavirus – COVID 19’. This virus is similar to flu and mimics many of the symptoms including; increased temperature, cough and respiratory issues. Warwickshire Vision Support have been monitoring the situation. We are linked to the Warwickshire Department of Public Health for guidance. For those of you that have attended our support centres this past week you probably have been given hand sanitiser and advised on more vigorous hand washing.
Unfortunately, the virus would appear to affect the elderly more than the young and there is a higher risk of contamination when in large groups.
With this in mind we have taken the difficult decision to suspend our weekly Vision Support Centres and all of our 14 recreational clubs. We are very mindful that for many of you these services are a lifeline and you look forward to them each week.
Vision Support Centres
Effective Monday 16th March 2020 we will suspend our support centres for 4 weeks. We expect to reopen the week of 14 April . This decision will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
With immediate effect, we will suspend our clubs for 4 weeks. We expect to reopen the clubs the week of 14 April We will be contacting all of the Club Leaders directly and will be ensuring that all Club Members are made aware at the earliest opportunity to avoid any inconvenience. This decision will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Home Visitor Service
If you are in receipt of our Home Visitor Service, we have not suspended that for the time being, but are instead asking the Home Visitor Coordinators to ensure that both the service user and volunteer consent to carrying out the visit. We are exploring the setting up of a ‘telephone befriending’ service if needed in the future.
In the meantime, here is a useful link to the NHS website: Coronavirus (COVID-19) for more information. This web site is updated frequently and is a good source of clear, objective information.’
If you need advice and support or access to rehabilitation or equipment then please call 01926 411331. We will be able to provide support over the telephone and our staff will continue to be working out and about in the community.