Dear All

What is happening across the world at the moment is without doubt overwhelming and all consuming.

While we fully support the Government’s plans to wait for the right moment to implement countrywide social distancing measures, we are also acutely aware that many people we work with have underlying health concerns and that those who benefit most from our gardens and play sessions are also those most at risk during this unprecedented health crisis.

With the support of our board of trustees and in consultation with our staff team, we have come to the difficult decision to pause all Concrete garden workshops, play sessions,  activities and events from today – Monday 16th March. We believe this is the safest and most sensible decision for everyone involved with our Charity

We don’t yet know how long this temporary closure will last, we will continue to monitor the situation and update everyone when our next course of action is clearer.

As a team, we will be spending the coming weeks considering new ways of working and investigating any further options available to us. We will work diligently to ensure our time is used efficiently and effectively for the benefit of our Community and to advance our all our Charitable purposes.

Let’s all keep mentally healthy as we move forward.

If you are worried that this closure will leave you, feeling isolated and without support, please reach out to us.  Mobile phones will be kept on during working hours, staff will be available via email and our Facebook and Instagram messengers will be active.

A lot of anxiety is rooted in worrying about the unknown and waiting for something to happen. There are ways we can all protect our mental health as we navigate through this.

  • Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things, which aren’t making you feel better. Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news
  • There is a lot of misinformation swirling around – stay informed by sticking to trusted sources of information such as government and NHS websites
  • Mute key words which might be triggering on Twitter and unfollow or mute accounts
  • Mute WhatsApp groups and hide Facebook posts and feeds if you find them too overwhelming
  • Agree regular check-in times and feel connected to the people around you.
  • If you’re self-isolating, strike a balance between having a routine and making sure each day has some variety.
  • Work through your to-do list or read a book you’d been meaning to get to.

Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

It is also important to remember that we expect the majority of people who catch COVID-19 will make a full recovery without medical attention, but please remember if you are concerned because you believe you are at greater risk, or feel your symptoms are becoming more severe, contact NHS 111 or alternatively 999 in an emergency.

The UK coronavirus (COVID-19) page will keep you up to date with how the Government is responding.

The Health Protection Scotland Website has the latest information and advice for Scotland: HPS Website – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health England have detailed advice here for anyone who needs to self-isolate: Stay at home: guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

The NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) page includes a wide range of health-related information.