During this extremely challenging time for all we wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind words and unflinching support for AHOY.
As you are aware, The AHOY Charity made the decision to close the centre on the 25th March 2020, following Government guidance and advice.
Although the Centre is closed, trustees and staff are doing everything they can to ensure we use this time effectively and we are keen to share with you examples of priority areas we continue to focus on to support our beneficiaries, staff and community.
- Ensure Government advice is followed to prevent the spread of Covid-19
Staff and trustees are following all updates to Government guidelines and are meeting regularly (virtually) to explore the implications for the Charity and our commitment to your programmes.
- Maintain our interaction and support for our beneficiaries, using available technologies to create a suite of virtual AHOY accessible educational sessions from their homes.
Our Programmes Manager and Charity Support Manager continue to be in regular contact with our beneficiaries. This has included the development and implementation of a new ‘AHOY Interactive Hub’, ensuring our staff can continue to deliver aspects of our programmes directly into the homes of our beneficiaries. This provides a conduit for their continued interaction with our staff and lessons the risk of social isolation for many.
- Communications with the Royal Borough of Greenwich in relation to alternate use of our facilities and/or staff for the benefit of our local communities
Regular conference calls are held with key contacts within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. AHOY will continue to explore ways we can support our communities using the experience of our staff and quality of our infrastructure.
- Communicate and update staff and freelancers.
Our Management Team are in regular contact with our staff and freelancers, with digital lunch sessions being run and interactive quiz nights being planned. This maintains our team approach and updates all on the Charity’s activities during these times.
Further to the aforementioned the Charity is also supporting our communities in initiatives resulting from the current challenges. Recently beneficiaries were invited to design and send in their nautical themed images for AHOY to share socially in support of the NHS. This is now an ongoing initiative. A number of our staff, freelancers and volunteers have also signed up for the Governments Volunteer Responder initiative and one of our volunteers is making face masks (which would be available if required to support a restart at AHOY) and scrub bags for NHS staff.
These actions, along with further activities being implemented, will help to ensure that AHOY is positioned to immediately restart all our programmes upon guidance from the Government that it is safe to do so.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
In the meantime, we wish you all good health and continued fortitude during these weeks and look forward to reopening the AHOY Centre.