Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Beacon Update

Update regarding Coronavirus

Following the new guidance from the Government (March 16th) we wanted to update you regarding Coronavirus and the plans we are working to put in place as a result.

We are now working with our members to establish what services they want and need from Beacon in the weeks ahead so that we can best support them.

We are aware for many that avoiding social contact could lead to a number of issues around isolation and loneliness as well as practical problems such as getting food and other essential items.

We are looking at how we can adapt our services to support our members at this time. Some of the things we are looking at include expanding our telephone befriending service and our talking news.

We have also reluctantly taken the decision to postpone some of our public events, that includes our sight loss hubs, community talks, sight loss training and fundraising hubs but we will be looking at other ways we can offer these in the coming weeks.

That means we have had to postpone our Ladies Day event this weekend and we know that many of you will be as disappointed as us that it can’t take place at the moment.

Unfortunately, we are expecting the postponement of this and other fundraising activities to have a devastating impact on us financially and although we are working to increase our services, we haven’t yet been given any extra money to do so.

With the changes we are rightly having to make due to Coronavirus it means we are losing at least £5,000 a week already which is income we need to keep going.

We need your support more than ever to help those most at risk during this time of crisis for us all..

We will soon be launching a fundraising appeal via Facebook but if you are able to help us in any way you can also donate via our website.

We have also launched a text appeal for those who are able to support us in continuing our work with those at risk of isolation in the weeks and months ahead.

If you can help you can text BEACONCRISIS TO 70085 to donate £5.

Your support is so appreciated.

We are also asking our staff to work from home where possible and some workers will be asked to take on new responsibilities to ensure we are supporting our members most in need.

All staff and volunteers are also being asked to self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of their family have any symptoms, no matter how minor, of a high temperature or new continuous cough, or if they have visited any of the named countries where self-isolation is required.

We would ask the same of any visitors to our locations too please.

If someone we support needs to self-isolate, we will do everything we can to make sure they don’t feel on their own and to continue helping them.

For now, our shops are continuing to open as normal, but we will let you know if anything changes

In our centres we have stepped up our cleaning regime from our already very high standards and there is soap and anti-bacterial hand gel in our activity locations and shops.

We understand many of you are worried about whether we will still be able to support you or your loved ones during this time of uncertainty but please be assured we are doing all we can to ensure we can offer the assistance needed.

If you have any questions about our response for Coronavirus or are able to volunteer some time to help us support those most in need, please do drop us a line at enquiries@beaconvision.org.

To read more on the Government response to Coronavirus visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Thank you for your support and please keep checking our website and social media for further updates.