CEO & COO Update 18th September 2020
You may have March 23rd etched in your mind as the start of lockdown, here in the UK.
This has been a roller-coaster year, where most of us at some point have experienced illness, anxiety or loneliness – and a different way of life at work and at home. Autism at Kingwood responded fast, ensuring from the get-go that support staff had adequate PPE and adhered to our – and Government – Covid-19 policy. This meant cases were minimised, and again we can report that we have had no cases this week amongst people we support and our staff. As a result of this, we’ve not experienced the current issues of getting tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results, but all our services have an action plan to follow in the case of suspected cases.
The rule of 6 for social gatherings doesn’t have a large impact on the people we support as Autism at Kingwood staff and our families have erred on the side of caution, as lockdown has eased. We also have ensured that activities that have restarted have taken measures, maintaining good social distances and appropriate PPE.
Next Tuesday September 22nd marks the Autumn Equinox, a time of the year when nature prepares for more austere winter months, with trees shedding their leaves and animals preparing for hibernation. For gardeners, it is a time to prepare and plan, to make provision for the colder, shorter days. Our own preparation to cope with what may come is vital. We don’t know what’s in store, how severe this winter will be and how it will impact the people we care most about; the people we support and our staff. We are using this time wisely to take stock, consider what we have learnt and prepare for what changes may come our way.
While we have been successful in our fight against COVID-19, we have been less fortunate with cyber-attacks. This week, two members of staff have been victims of malware affecting their email accounts, which is being comprehensively investigated by our IT Business Analyst and an external IT company. Please be assured that if we identify any personal data loss as a result of this attack, we will inform you directly.
We welcome your input if you have thoughts to share on how we might prepare for the future and keep the people you love and care about safe. We strive to ensure that our communication channels are open and that we are accessible. To that end, we have set up our Twitter account and continue to use our Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts, and our website. Please follow us at https://twitter.com/at_kingwood.
Our work with Dogs for Good has been in news this week click to read. We are also pleased to have reached a half-way milestone in our fundraising for a holiday home. For more information and to make a donation, please click here.
Kate, CEO and Estelle, COO