Keeping residents and staff safe
The current coronavirus crisis is a big challenge for everybody. At Derventio we are doing everything we can to keep the people we work with and all of our staff safe.
Working with vulnerable people in supported housing
People who are living in our supported housing can be particularly vulnerable. They may have poor health or be experiencing increased anxiety. We have been busy getting in touch with every resident to check about any health conditions, symptoms or worries they have – and giving advice based on current government guidance.
We are keeping all face to face contact at a minimum, but housing and support officers are staying in touch with everyone living in Derventio housing and people we support through specialist projects. Regular contact by phone calls, text messages or email will check if everyone is OK, and provide ongoing support and reassurance.
Any resident who is self-isolating will be provided with antibacterial wipes and gloves. We will make sure they have essential supplies such as medication and food, and put them in touch with other organisations as necessary.
Growing Lives is temporarily closed
We have taken the decision to temporarily close our Growing Lives project, which runs group activities.
Growing Lives tutors will be staying in touch with people who come to Growing Lives via telephone to make sure they are OK. They can also help with ideas for activities that people can safely do at home.
Continuing to provide a crucial service
Our staff are key workers, providing a crucial service in the health and social care sector. We have taken steps to reduce the risks for employees, including limiting physical visits, home working wherever possible and using best practice to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses in the office.
Derventio works with people who have limited support networks, physical health conditions and poor mental health. The one-to-one support we provide is as important now as it has ever been. If you would like to help during this challenging time, please make a donation. Your support will directly benefit people who have faced homelessness and need some support and stability. Thank you.