KWC Responds to COVID19 (updated)
Kilcooley Women's Centre Directors, Staff and Volunteers have met and developed a comprehensive COVID19 Operational Plan to ensure we as an organiastion fulfill our role as a leading support network for women, children and families in Ards North Down. In our Silver Jubilee year, it is hard to recall a situation where we all faced such uncertainty and it is hard to comprehend the situation at present.
The staff of all projects including Ladybirds Childcare have endevoured to ensure we stay open to meet the essential needs of people, many of whom can be vulnerable throughout the year, and who are now facing untold adversity and need us more than ever. Ladybirds continues to offer a childcare service for the children of Key Workers in the age range of 0-4 or children considered vulnerable. Contact Tracy Harrison or Laura Redfern for information on how to access this service (conditions apply and space is limited due to social distancing). The Ladybirds childcare team have been committed to the welfare of the children and being key workers themselves, ensuring they support their fellow key workers maintain staying in work by providing quality childcare in our Listnabreen site.
We are aware we need also to protect our staff and volunteers, in terms of their physical and mental wellbeing. We have a duty of care to their health and safety, we need to socially isolate to ensure we comply with government guidance to stop the spread of this virus. Therefore we have developed a level of service which remains safe, enables us to continue to do our part to slow the spread of this deadly virus. This means the office is not currenlty open to the public. However we will put a range of measures in place to ensure we can keep in contact with you. As measures begin to lift, we have developed a COVID19 Risk Assessment, in order that we can respond to new developments as they are announced.
The team has successfully developed new and innovative ways of keeping in touch over the past weeks as this virus took hold and we have forced to maintain our distance from clients, colleagues, friends and family. This includes digital communication channels, online training, online coffee meet ups and one to one sessions with clients. Our comprehensive employment support programme will continue, with 1-1 mentoring support via telepone and internet. We have continued to job place and support people prepare for interview, create CVs and apply for jobs, critical at this juncture.
Our training programme has continued, we are working with each tutor to develop online tutorials and are working with the Department of Education and the accrediation and awarding bodies in realtion to replacement of examinations and awarding of final marks/grades.
KWC is working in partnership with County Down Rural Network to ensure we adopt a coordinated approach, to both rural and urban citizens, with a particular focus on the senior citizens in the community.
PLEASE follow NHS and PHA advice. Do not leave home if you have a fever or new cough, instead call the NHS on 111 for advice. STAY HEALTHY
The service provision for KWC is as follows:
Monday - Thursday the office telephone line will be manned 08.15 to 16.00
Friday centre staff can be contacted by Facebook message or email. Staff will be providing referrals to the Department for Community Foodbox Scheme, Bangor Foodbank and the KWC Hygiene & HealthCare Pack Programme and our information and support services.
We are requesting people do not attend the office in person - Foodbank/Wellbeing items will be delivered to your home or you can arrange colledtion from Bangor central Foodbank office.
It is unclear how long this situtation will continue, and it is vital community connections are maintained, especially for the vulnerable members of the community who use our service and for those who reach out to us during this crisis. This will ensure they maintain good mental health and positive well-being.
KWC team are further developing our online portals and channels for befriending groups for people who would like to check in, have a friendly or take part in our online group activiites to add to the really successful gardening demonstrations, group cookery and yoga/ exercise. Our YouTube has been a great success and is an ongoing resource to clients.
If you or someone you know would benefit from joining this serice , please email email@example.com or telephone 02891478292
The KWC Newsletter will be increasing in frequency - contact Seanna to be added to the mailing list, to get useful information and guidance. Watch the KWC social media platforms - Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter for the latest most up to date information. We post daily so please subscribe.
The situation, the advice being issued from the Government and support available is changing reguarly. The team at KWC are committed to supporting the community during this crisis and beyond. There are better days ahead, and we will be using the time where we normally do direct face to face delivery with clients to develop programmes for when we come out the other side of COVID19 and we are looking forward as a united community together.
Thank you to the funders who have supported our Covid Wellbeing Programme including :
- NI Housing Executive
- Ards North Down Borough Council
- Community Foundation NI
- Neighbourly Fund
- Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)