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  • Abbey Burden

December 2020 Newsletter

We've sorely missed being able to get out and host all our usual events and activities and have found it incredibly hard now to be able to provide our services for young people, but the past few months have still kept us very busy!

Along with a new organizational strategy and vision for the future, we've been all working very hard to ensure we can continue to provide a service.

As most of you are aware, we unfortunately closed back in March due to Covid-19. Our staff helped at different homes around Nottingham City. We also worked at other things that us as a service could do to help our young people and families during these difficult times. Lucy held regular parents Zoom meetings. Staff contacted families weekly to see how they were and if there was anything we could do to help. We supported some families who were isolating and helped to do their food shopping for them.

In September we opened Crocus Fields back up for short breaks for the young people and their families. We are currently working on a reduced capacity, ensuring we follow Government guidelines.

We will be making the most of our outdoor spaces and the natural beauty of our city's sites, unfortunately at present we are unable to access indoor activities like we normally would during the winter season but the young people will take part in different activities including team games, country walks and eco-therapy activities, sensory sessions, and craft projects within the units.

While our breaks might look a bit different due to government guidelines, the experience for the young people will still be as incredible as it always has for every young person.

Due to Covid-19 we have put in place that on the morning of your child’s stay, we will be contacting you by telephone to check that no one in your family are showing symptoms. We will also be checking that your child has not been in contact with anyone, for example other people from school, link workers etc. who have tested positive for Covid 19. If you will be struggling to take the telephone call on the morning of the stay, please let us know and call us the evening before so we can complete these checks. Under no circumstances will your child be allowed to come to Crocus Fields if anyone in your family is showing symptoms such as;

o A high temperature

o A new continuous cough

o A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If we have visitors, parents/carers visiting Crocus Fields, they will be required to wear face masks while on Unit unless they are exempt for medical reasons. Our wonderful young people have been getting involved in making posters for around the unit.

Things that have been happening recently:

On Saturday 21st November a group of 3 young people and 3 staff took part in a sponsored walk. Ashley and Dan organized a walk from Crocus to the Ice Arena to Nottingham Rugby club via Nottingham County FC, Nottingham Forest FC and Nottinghamshire County Cricket club. They all completed this and it was around 5 miles in total! They stopped for photos outside each stadium to mark their

progress. They raised a massive £500 which is amazing, the money raised is to buy new sensory equipment such as sensory play items, and interactive equipment to help our children and young people continue to explore the world around them. A massive well done and thank you to all that sponsored!

While Crocus Fields has been closed we have used this time to make Crocus Fields look spectacular with some new changes around the building. Alan has been busy redecorating some of the bedrooms on both Units.

Unit 2 garden has been redesigned and is a wonderful place for the children to spend their time- this couldn't have come at a better time! We have a beautiful memorial wall which has a variety of different characters on which our young people love! It also has a sunken trampoline which is wheelchair accessible, a bucket swing, a wheelchair accessible roundabout and a spinner bowl.

So many of the children who come to Crocus fields have taken such joy over the new garden. Our lovely Siobhan said, 'omg its beautiful, it makes me so happy!'



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