22nd June- update
Following the most recent government advice we’re pleased to be able to undertake some site visits, surveys and simple maintenance jobs and will be getting out to some of the local nature reserves and other green spaces that we manage.
We are unable to advertise volunteering dates for new volunteers or community events but we’ve been busy updating our risk assessments and programme of work to keep everyone safe and will let you know as soon as the situation changes.
We will still be sharing lots of online resources, activities and information to support everyone at this difficult time. We have created a Facebook group for our volunteers to keep in contact, and recommend maintaining as much contact over social media and via phones as possible.
Keep safe and healthy.
Kent High Weald Partnership
Procedures currently in place-
- minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend our settings
- cleaning hands more often than usual – wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered
- ensuring good respiratory hygiene – promote the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
- cleaning frequently touched surfaces and vehicles often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach
- Tool and equipment use– tools are assigned via a colour coded system to each user. All tools are cleaned and maintained after each use.
- khwp PPE – we have PPE (masks/shields, gloves) in place for any close contact and updated out first aid policies for emergencies
- Track & Trace– We keep your contact info to assist in the Track & Trace service should an case affect any staff or participants.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
What to do if you have symptoms
The advice has changed about how long you should stay at home if you have symptoms and now considers whether you live alone or with others.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
There is also new advice on social distancing for vulnerable groups.
You should follow the guidance that applies to you as this will help to protect others in your community.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital with mild symptoms.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
The NHS will not be testing those self-isolating with mild symptoms.
Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing while you stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.Please visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/