Springboard Statement on COVID-19
We currently find ourselves in uncertain times which unfortunately are affecting everyone and Springboard is no exception. Over the past few weeks Springboard has had to make a number of changes both in response to government guidance and organisationally. This has been to ensure as best we can, that Springboard we will be still around and able to help and support families once life resembles more normality. Springboard is not alone facing these challenges, this situation is affecting most charities and businesses, but nonetheless unless we act there is a possibility Springboard may not survive this crisis.
So what have we changed?
• Following Government advice Springboard is open only to keyworker children, those with an EHCP and those whom are vulnerable . The key message remains, wherever possible children stay at home. Safeguarding remains paramount in all we do.
• Many of our children fall in to the vulnerable category themselves and have been advised to stay home for 12 weeks. In response to this, we are actively trying to upload appropriate play activities and video links to our social media and online Tapestry account (this is a secure link between parents and Springboard). This is very different from how we normally work. Staff have been recording stories, rhymes and songs, for the children to watch and join in.
• We are essentially a term time setting but we are finding there is an unprecedented demand for placements over the holidays. We are being asked to respond and deliver our work differently.
• Fortunately, the Government has introduced the ‘furlough’ scheme where members of staff are temporarily laid off and the Government pays 80% of their wage. Six members of the Springboard team have agreed to be placed onto furlough. This was an exceptionally tough decision and unfortunately more staff may need to be furloughed. This situation immediately impacts and changes how we will be working over the next few months.
• We have seen an immediate impact upon our income, as we have had to cancel a number of fundraising events, which will impact upon our cash flow and this years’ fundraising target of £140,000. Springboard has already transferred £15,000 from their reserves, to aid cash flow for March and April.
Amongst all of this however, we are determined to deliver to you the very best support we can. Our service delivery is reduced but continues in line with social distancing measures and current guidance. Staff will be available to take calls or follow up on emails. Jane the manager, myself the chair and the Trustees will continue to work tirelessly to ensure we are there for you.
I want you to know that I, the Trustees, the staff and the volunteers will do whatever is necessary to ensure this fabulous charity survives.
Finally, I would like to wish each of you and your families the very best wherever you are and stay safe.
Paul Turner on behalf of the Management Committee
We are currently operating under partial closure due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. We are following government recommendations to support key worker families and vulnerable children at this time.
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Please stay safe for yours and all of our sakes.