We are actively providing services during this challenging time!
During this very challenging and unprecedented time, we would like to inform all that the Project is still operating and will continue to do so – ensuring government guidelines are adhered to, which we will regularly monitor.
We are in the position that we can work from our offices at Aultbea House in relative isolation, due to the nature of our premises.
Unfortunately, until further notice will not be able to accommodate visitors to the Project to ensure appropriate social distancing for staff and help minimise the spread of COVID-19.
Perth Six Circle Project supports some of the most vulnerable, lonely and isolated people within our community and we feel that during this time it is imperative we continue to do so, especially since many other services, that our service users’ access, have sadly had to close their doors.
We have reassured our service user that we will carry on supporting them and that our aim is to continue applying a person centered approach to address their needs through:
- Providing regular face to face contact through ‘Walk & Talk’
- Meeting those – whom we have asked not to travel by public transport – in their own local/rural area for a ‘Walk & Talk
- Regular contact to ensure they have some form of social contact, particularly for those who have self-isolated – telephone, face to face, Facetime, WhatsApp chats…..
- Educating on ‘Social Distancing’, keeping safe, hygiene…..
- Providing support with shopping – accompanying them to the supermarket, or setting up an online account…..
- Providing Activity Packs – relaxation techniques, mindfulness instructions, word search, Sudoku, brain teasers, jigsaw…..
- Corona Virus Information and Support Packs – Prevention of spread of infection, useful contact numbers…..
- And much, much more!
This morning some of the Project staff had a ‘Walk & Talk’ meeting, keeping to the social distancing rule of 2 meters (6 foot) apart at all times – a practice we will adopt across services. Members of the public acknowledged they were impressed to see people following government guidelines and staff were impressed that other walkers started to mirror this – keeping to the opposite ends of the walkways. This has given reassurance that it is possible to meet with service users without violation any government guidelines.
We know how essential social contact is to our service users mental wellbeing and how important it is to encourage them to have some type of physical activity. As a staff team we are extremely flexible and adaptable and will continue to provide Project services – adapting where and when required, making sure we follow government guidelines at all time, to ensure the health & safety of us all. Therefore, some aspects of services may change, as government information is updated, and as a result we will inform service users of these changes as swiftly as possible.
So, just to say:-
We are ‘Open for Business’ – not quite as you know it, but with the same drive and enthusiasm as always, to help our service users live healthier, more independent lives and ultimately integrate – somewhat at a distance – into their local community.
Wishing you all good mental health and wellbeing!
Marlow and the staff team.