The spread of COVID-19 and the measures required to tackle it are now having a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of every individual and the priorities of every organisation. Groundwork’s primary concern is for the health and wellbeing of our staff and the people they support, in particular those who are vulnerable due to their health, age, financial circumstances or other factors.
Groundwork is following government guidance closely and encouraging all those we work with to do the same. However, we remain committed to supporting communities wherever and however we can. Where possible we are adapting our services so that they can be offered online or by phone. Where we can safely continue offering support in person we will do, following all recommended procedures in terms of hygiene and distancing.
It is inevitable that some of our programmes and activities will be cancelled or postponed to help prevent the spread of the virus. We will notify participants directly as soon as possible and use our website and social media channels to provide up to date information.
We are working with partners, funders and other organisations to explore how we can make the best use of the resources at our disposal to support vulnerable members of our community through this challenging time.
In normal times, much of our work is directly or indirectly concerned with reducing social isolation and bringing people together, so we are very aware that being asked to limit contact with others can have negative impacts on people’s wellbeing.
There is a wide range of help available for people who may be worried about their health and who may need support coping with isolation:
0800 678 1602
0300 222 5800
British Heart Foundation
0300 330 3311
0345 123 2399
Mental Health at Work
0300 123 3393
0808 800 3333
The Silver Line