Latest Blogs Stuart Low Trust- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated: 11th October 2021 Stuart Low Trust wishes to update you on the actions we are taking in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Stuart Low Trust Covid-19 CEO Statement, October 11th 2021 "Keeping our participants safe whilst at SLT activities is our number one priority. To achieve this, SLT is working hard to identify the very best ways to reduce risk and increase safety for participants, as much as we can. Although SLT is not ready to come back face to face quite yet, we are very much in preparations. It may be that, whatever the government states can or cannot be undertaken, that SLT acts in a more stringent way, if we feel stricter measures are required for the safety and protection of participants, such as face masks indoors, temperature checking and social distancing. As CEO of the Stuart low Trust, I feel it is just too much of a risk to reopen now. Autumn is turning to winter and, as the weather gets colder, more people will gather inside. People’s initial vaccinations are wearing off and not as effective, whilst they wait for their boosters. Children are back at school and more people are back at work, using public transport, without wearing a mask. It is no longer the Law to wear face coverings or to distance. How the winter will look is uncertain and I take this very seriously. Many of the venues SLT uses are either still closed or are only allowing a very minimal number of people inside. It is my job as CEO, to ensure each venue has measures in place that meet SLT’s strict requirements, in order to keep participants safe. So if, for example, a venue does not have an isolation room where someone can go if they feel unwell, or if has other non SLT activities going on at the same time as ours, meaning a greater number of people mingling at the entrance area, this increases risk. I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding. Please know I can very much appreciate that some participants want to get back to face to face as soon as possible, and that you see other organisations opening up again, and why isn’t SLT etc. But others are very concerned about acting in haste, without full measures in place, for peace of mind. We are striving to strike the right balance, whilst keeping safety and reduction of risk at the very top of our agenda, for the protection of all our participants." Hannah Kalmanowitz, Chief Executive Staying Safe and Well To protect our loved ones and ourselves, we can: Make space – stay 2 metres apart from people who aren’t in your household or bubble - to help stop the virus spreading Wash your hands - regularly and for at least 20 seconds, especially when you get home– this washes virus off your hands and helps stop it spreading Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth to stop the virus spreading - in public places, including in shops or public transport If you have symptoms that may be the virus, please call 111. For tips and guidance on staying safe, or any help dealing with Covid, including support i you are self-isolating, visit Islington's coronavirus webpages. Or you can call the We are Islington helpline on 020 7527 8222 or Minicom on 020 7527 1900. Lines are open every day from 9am to 5pm. Click here for the latest government updates and advice.Take a look here at this helpful BBC article breaking down all the recent changes. For full guidance, please see gov.uk. Information and help For information about our online activities and information to support you during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: https://www.slt.org.uk/Pages/Category/support-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic Our activities We have made the decision to suspend all face to face Stuart Low Trust activities until the government have told us when it is safe to resume our activities. Please do not travel to our activities as they will be closed. We will consult government and NHS guidance and review when we can restart activities. We are aiming to provide activities and information online and we are working with other organisations in how best we can support our participants. Why we have taken this decision Stuart Low Trust is adhering to guidelines set out by government, the NHS and World Health Organisation, so we can act responsibly. We take the health, wellbeing and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff extremely seriously. This is of vital importance to us. Communication We know that many of our participants do not have access to the internet. For this reason, we will be sending out monthly postal mailings during this closure period with tips and ideas for looking after ourselves. These will also be available via our mail chimp weekly emails. The Stuart Low Trust office will be closed for this same period of time. Staff will be working from home. You can email us as usual or telephone us and leave a message. All telephone calls are now being picked up remotely. The best way to get in touch with us is via email at [email protected] or using our social media accounts. Take care It is normal for people to feel apprehensive and anxious, but Stuart Low Trust will be doing what we can to provide as much support as possible during this time. We hope that you stay safe and well and are managing to stay positive in this uncertain situation. Delivering our activities differently We'll be delivering our activities differently to support people during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Click through to look at our online resources.