Church Action on Poverty’s approach to Coronavirus
Latest update: 19 March 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by the current COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. Church Action on Poverty is approaching this with the utmost priority and taking a number of steps internally to minimise risks, whilst keeping our trustees and key stakeholders informed.
We regularly hold meetings and training, as well as specialist and public events externally with a range of partners and members of the public. The health and safety of all those who attend our events – and the vulnerable people who they may go on to have contact with – are of primary concern and priority. We continue to monitor the evolving situation closely, guided by information from the UK government, Public Health England and NHS.
Following the government’s advice that people should avoid non-essential contact and unnecessary travel, we will not be holding face-to-face events until this advice changes. If you signed up for one of our events, you will receive an email confirming that it is no longer taking place.
Wherever possible, we will ensure that any planned meetings, trainings and events that cannot go ahead will be rescheduled or go ahead using the best alternative option, including digital technology (e.g. via phone, Zoom, Skype or a webinars).
Meanwhile, we are taking extra measures to minimise risks to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.
- We are proactively monitoring the UK government and Public Health England advice, ensuring we are able to respond to changing advice swiftly and decisively.
- We are reviewing our event planning to ensure our events reflect the most current guidance on infection prevention and control measures.
- We are asking staff, volunteers and beneficiaries not to attend events or meetings and – where recommended – to consider social distancing or self-isolation.
We will update this statement as and when official guidance changes, and as further good ideas come forward that can help with sensible risk minimisation.