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Message from our CEO - COVID-19
Our support to people on the autism spectrum is needed now more than ever.
Autism Hampshire is taking all available steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the people we support, their families, our staff, stakeholders and visitors.
COVID-19 creates an unprecedented challenge to our “typical” society, we will therefore do our upmost to continue to provide appropriate levels of support and guidance.
We acknowledge that the needs of the people we support can be more complex than those experiencing the impact of this virus generally.
This challenge needs everyone to work together to maintain services as long as conceivably possible.
We are entirely dependent on the health of our staff teams to continue our service provision and recognise that our resources will be diminished over the coming weeks.
We have therefore reviewed all of our services to ensure that the most critical can remain open over the forthcoming weeks and months as follows:-
Residential and Supported Living Services
Our 24/7 support to people residing in either residential or supported living homes remain our upmost priority.
Information and Advice Service
We will continue to offer over the telephone advice to support vulnerable people and their families across the county.
University Mentoring Services
Students will be supported over the telephone or via Skype instead of face to face meetings during this critical time.
Serendipity and Our Experts by Experience Groups
We will be hosting these very important groups via email contacts, Facebook messaging and offering one to one advice via our Information and Advice service.
Training and Consultancy Services
In order to ensure we have sufficient staff for the above, until further notice we will be ceasing our Consultancy and Training Services.
We therefore ask for your support in the following measures which will be in place until further notice……
Visitors and Staff
Our staff are advised to keep at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between themselves and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Daily COVID-19 briefing meetings will be chaired by the CEO or Quality and Safety Lead to ensure that the charity is in the best position to respond to any developments.
As the global spread
of COVID-19 continues, we would like to thank all our front line support
workers who continue to work in our homes and providing domiciliary care. I am
proud of their resilience as they continue to deliver a pivotal role, not only
in providing outstanding care, but also in helping to protect the people we
support from this virus. I would like to reassure you that no matter how
challenging the landscape, we remain deeply committed and focused on keeping