26th March 2020

Antonia Hopkins Chair of Guild Care message on Coronavirus

"Thank you for your ongoing support of Guild Care at this very difficult and unprecedented time, I personally wanted to reassure you that we are doing all we can to continue to support our residents, service users, staff and volunteers at this concerning time for us all.

Our priority will always be the 1,000+ residents, service users and those in the local community who are most vulnerable and who now more than ever need our continued support. 

As you can imagine we are monitoring the coronavirus situation daily and are in regular contact with Public Health England, National Care Forum, West Sussex County Council and the NHS and are doing all we can to maintain and support as many of our service users and the wider community as we are able.

To date the advice we have taken means that our older people’s day services are all suspended and our centres for people living with dementia and children and adults with learning disabilities have closed. However, 1,000 of our most vulnerable service users are still being cared for in our three nursing homes, sheltered accommodation, Home Care and Outreach services

Our care homes, which are home to some of the most vulnerable in our community are a priority and we have taken advice and closed these to all non-essential visitors. Systems are now in place to ensure residents can maintain as much contact with their families as possible.

Our 11 charity shops are now closed as is our Head Office at Methold House, with only a  skeleton staff working to keep our services operating.

We have also been training staff to deploy them across our other services as and when required to ensure we can continue to deliver our key work. 

As a charity we do rely on the support of fundraising but due to current circumstances, unfortunately we have had to cancel a significant number of our events between now and June. We will be contacting participants and announcing updates as soon as we have them and will review the situation on a monthly basis.

In these difficult times it is our aim to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum and maintain as many services as possible whilst also (following the closure of our charity shops) continuing to raise the vital funds we need now more than ever to continue to support the most vulnerable in our community.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity again to thank the people of Worthing for your support – past, present and future. Your support of Guild Care is always very much appreciated.

Take care, stay safe and thank you for your support and understanding."

 

Antonia Hopkins

Guild Care’s Chair of the Board of Trustees