Since then, our day services have gone back into lockdown, but our resilient staff have adapted quickly to make sure the people we support still have the chance to take part in activities and socialising.
Maria said: “Because of lockdown, we’ve now had to close our day service and move onto Zoom activities. We have worked really hard to prepare a Zoom timetable that our members will enjoy, and so far it has been a complete success! We spent a lot of time personalising the Zoom packs for everyone, for instance Danielle loves Danger Mouse, so we cut out lots of pictures and stuck them to bingo cards for her.
“Our members have been adapting so well it has been a really brilliant surprise for us. We made sure to drop off Amazon Fire tablets for members who didn’t have tablets or iPads so everyone could join our sessions. Our Zoom classes really are a lifeline to our members, for many it is their only source of socialising.
“We have Zoom activities where we just have a cup of tea and a catch up, and we have weekly welfare check ins where we call our members and catch up with them to make sure they are okay. Mental health can take a big knock during lockdown, so it is important for us to make sure we check in on each other.”