Following discussions at our Day Centre on 16 March 2020 and in line with the new Government guidelines Headway North Cumbria has suspended all group meetings and activities as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This decision is effective immediately and will continue until further notice. We understand that this decision may come as a disappointment to some but the well-being of our members, volunteers, carers and families is our main priority.
THE DAY CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
With immediate effect the Day Centre held at The New Waterton Hall on Mondays from 13:00 – 15:30 will be closed. Our Day Centre is likely to be closed for several months but we aim to re-open at the same time and place once it is considered appropriate to do so.
The programme of events that we had intended to run for 2020 has been frozen and all events through to the end of June have been cancelled or will be postponed to a later date. A decision over events scheduled for July, August and beyond will be taken in due course. The following planned events will not be going ahead:
– 20-22 March 2020 – Look Ahead in the North (LAN) 2020
– 6 April 2020 – Pace Egg making at the Day Centre
– 27 April 2020 – Afternoon Tea at the Crown & Mitre Hotel
– 11 May 2020 – Action for Brain Injury Week activities at the Day Centre
– 22 June 2020 – Watchtree Nature Reserve
For those members that were due to attend LAN 2020 your attendance fee will be returned to you by the Treasurer. For those members that have pre-paid to attend the Afternoon Tea at the Crown & Mitre Hotel your payment will be retained and used to offset the cost of attendance at a future Headway North Cumbria event or, if you prefer, refunded to you.
HEADWAY NORTH CUMBRIA WILL ESTABLISH A HELPLINE TO SUPPORT MEMBERS WHILE GROUP ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED
Despite the need to close the Day Centre, Headway North Cumbria will try to provide as much support as we can to our membership. Over the coming days and weeks we will be refining methods for engaging with our members by e-mail, phone, text, and through our website and Twitter.
The first step in this process will be to establish a single point of contact for anyone requiring advice or support from the branch. This will be in the form of a new Headway North Cumbria e-mail address and a new telephone contact number. It is hoped to have this set up within the next day or so. Details will be sent out in due course.
You will all be aware of the rapidly developing situation with the coronavirus pandemic and that the measures being put in place to manage the spread of the virus will have a significant impact on how we will all have to live our lives over the coming weeks and months. For many this will be a particularly challenging time. We encourage our members to follow the governmental advice given and do the best to protect themselves and others at this time.