Hft support during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

The Covid-19 virus is having a deep impact across the UK and the rest of the world. As a charity that provides vital support services for some of the most vulnerable adults in our society, we would like to reassure everyone that our staff teams are working hard to continue to provide a consistent level of services, in line with official guidance issued by government and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

These are unprecedented circumstances. We are mindful of the need to be agile and responsive so that we can protect the safety of both our staff, and the people we support – many of whom not only rely on the services we provide but also find themselves among the group who are most at risk.

Hft has a dedicated Pandemic Response Committee who meet virtually regularly to work through the latest advice from the government, keep staff updated and to secure the health and wellbeing of both our colleagues and the vulnerable adults in our care.

We are doing all we can to ensure the people we support and their families are given the vital support they need.

Guidance and information

  • For families of the people we support, we have produced a factsheet that provides guidance on measures we’re taking with regard to visits to our services, which can be downloaded on the Families section of our website
  • For family carers of people with learning disabilities who are looking for support and information, please contact our Family Carer Support Service.

You can download a copy of the My Feelings resource referenced in the Looking after our feelings video at www.hft.org.uk/myfeelings 

Supporting Hft

There are many ways you can support people with learning disabilities through this challenging time.

  • If you would like to support your local Hft service, please contact the regional office to find out how you might be able to help out.
  • Alternatively, please do take a look at the Get involved pages of our website for more information on how you can support our charity at this difficult time.
  • You can also make a donation to help support our work to ensure people with learning disabilities get access to the services they need.

What’s next?

Over the coming weeks and months we may need to explore new ways of working, such as supporting people who would normally attend our day services in their own homes, or working flexibly with other organisations to pool resources. In such situations, we will do so innovatively and with the creative, solutions-focused approach for which we are known.

Please be assured that Hft staff will be working to continue to deliver the same excellent levels of care that we would under normal circumstances.