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Statement regarding Covid-19

An open letter from Sally, our CEO, on COVID-19

 

We are (as are many others) facing unique times and the massive concern is that The Maypole Project will not be able to continue to support families who have a child/young person with a complex medical need or SEND.

We urgently need your help.

Families often tell us that services we offer at The Maypole Project are one of the only trusted ‘constants’ in their lives, helping them as they face uncharted territory, uncertainty and often the unknown. That is not changing in the short term. We will continue to be there to support them in their lives, in whatever way we can be of most help, by telephone, online or in other ways, for as long as is possible.

However, we now face a dramatic drop in our income. All large fundraising events for the foreseeable future are cancelled or postponed and we are in a world where we do not expect to be able to recover these sums easily. 100% of our income comes from the generosity of donors and we need these regular funds in order to keep The Maypole Project going.

For the vulnerable families to continue to benefit from our support we urgently need all the help we can get and, whilst we completely appreciate that this is a global issue and is affecting everyone personally too, our priority has to be to ensure that these families are supported by those of us that are able to give something.

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The Coronavirus situation is rapidly changing and we are working hard to respond to the current situation. Here’s what we are doing to ensure we respond to the needs of our children, supporters, staff and volunteers.

Children, young people and families remain at the heart of our strategy and we will be working hard to ensure that our service continues.

We will heed current Public Health England (PHE) and Government advice and take measures as needed to protect the best interests of our families, supporters, volunteers and staff.

Families

We are following all current advice from Public Health England to ensure all children, families, staff, volunteers and visitors are aware and protected as much as possible at this time.

The Coronavirus situation is rapidly changing and we are working hard
to respond to the current situation. We will keep you as regularly updated as possible and meanwhile here is what we are doing to ensure we respond to the needs of our children, supporters, staff and
volunteers.

Please note that all members of staff and volunteers are now working
remotely and in this in order to ensure we receive your messages please use our email addresses as we will be concerned not to be able to pick up phone messages.

Please bear with us whilst we work on this and thank you in advance for your patience.

Please contact helpline@themaypoleproject.co.uk for more information

Supporters

Thank you for your continued and much valued support.

If you require advice about the events you are organising, your own fundraising activity or events you are participating in, please contact our Fundraising Team via email fundraising@themaypoleproject.co.uk and we will be pleased to offer support as best we can.

Unfortunately we have already had to postpone or cancel some events and seen some decline in giving. We believe the impact on our income will be significant. 

All large fundraising events for the foreseeable future are cancelled or postponed (including our two flagship events) and we are in a world where we do not expect to be able to recover these sums easily.

For the vulnerable families to continue to benefit from our support we urgently need all the help we can get and, whilst we completely appreciate that this is a global issue and is affecting everyone personally too, our priority has to be to ensure that these families are supported by those of us that are able to give something.

We need you now more than ever before!

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Volunteers

The health and wellbeing of our volunteers is at the forefront of our minds during the current situation surrounding Covid-19.  As an organisation we understand that there is a lot of uncertainty and worry around the virus and we would like to assure you that we are doing everything that we can to minimise risk to all of our children, young people, families, volunteers and staff.

As part of these measures, we would like to strongly suggest those who are in the at risk category (anyone in older age groups, and all those with underlying health conditions) take a break from their volunteering role.

Please do keep in contact with your line manager/supervisor during this time. Many thanks for your commitment and understanding.

Staff

Our valued staff are paramount to the continuation of our service and we are taking all necessary measures to ensure that we are able to deliver this safely and with minimal disruption throughout this period.  We would like to thank our staff for their tireless commitment to the charity. THANK YOU!