COVID-19 update

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We would like to take this opportunity to reassure the young people and families that we support.

We are doing all we can to assess risk and reduce the spread of COVID-19. RSBC is following the latest advice and government guidance and will continue to adhere to the current policies and procedures.

We remain dedicated to our continued support of vision impaired children and young people, and their families, across the country.

Our services

COVID-19 meant we had to deliver our services virtually while restrictions remained in place.

Since these were lifted in July, we have begun to return to face-to-face sessions and activities. But due to the success of our virtual offer, we will continue to deliver services online for those who cannot attend in person or would simply prefer to minimise risk for now.

Our Procedures

We will continue to be cautious and have put internal measures and processes in place to ensure the safety of everyone. This includes children, young people and their families, our staff, and our volunteers.

  • All appointments and activities will run in line with the government guidelines. There is a possibility that services will be altered, postponed, or cancelled to fit in with the current advice and legislation. Of course, we will keep you up to date if any changes arise.
  • Reiterate isolation rules to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Emphasise the importance of proper handwashing at every session.
  • Any equipment that young people and families come into contact with will be cleaned before and after each session.
  • Risk assessments and procedures have been adapted and reviewed so they continue to be in line with current changes.
  • All staff will be encouraged to wear PPE as appropriate and have their own hand sanitiser.
  • All staff and young people and their families attending activities or appointments will be encouraged to do a lateral flow test.
  • We have suggested staff accept vaccination once it is offered to them.
  • Young people who require 1:1 guiding/support will be encouraged to attend with a parent/carer who will be on hand to support them.
  • For group activities, our venues will be large enough to maintain social distancing rules.
  • RSBC Families First will discuss with you the best way of delivering our services. This may be face to face, or online, depending on your particular circumstances.

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