As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops, and schools close for many families today, we are determined to continue delivering SHS services and improving the lives of the children and families we support. They will be facing huge challenges in the coming weeks and we will be here for them.
Our alternative solutions have been informed by current Government and NHS guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus so that we continue to safeguard SHS beneficiaries and staff. Our new arrangements include:
- Ensuring all families can continue accessing support from their SHS Practitioner, despite school closures. We are staying up to date with local changes to financial and food support for families. The positive progress made between families, practitioners and education thus far will be sustained during social distancing.
- Continuing to collaborate with schools to support their most vulnerable pupils. SHS practitioners will continue to support each school community and meet their bespoke needs, even if working remotely.
- Providing toys and games to families in need, helping them cope with social isolation by keeping children entertained and stimulated.
- Providing families with food vouchers and supporting our partner schools who will continue to provide free school meals during this extended period of holiday hunger. At a time when supermarkets and foodbanks are regularly empty, this will be a vital lifeline.
- Collaborating with others in the social activism sector to stand up for families and ensure policies protect them during this time. This includes housing, bills and wages as many of the families we support have insecure living and working arrangements.
As you know, we get children in school and ready to learn so they can have equal access to opportunity. As a solution-focused organisation, we need to adapt in these times to ensure the most disadvantaged pupils don’t fall even further behind their peers. Thank you for your continued support.
It is an unprecedented time for everyone, and not least our own charity. But our priority will always be the safety, wellbeing and life chances of the people we exist to support.
Stay safe and well,
Chief Executive, School-Home Support UK