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Headway Swindon service update

As I am sure you are aware, England has entered a period of new restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a difficult time for everyone and we want to support you all to the best of our ability.

During the first lockdown in March we were forced to close our centre to clients and started to offer a remote service with phone calls, video groups, work and art packs, online activities, and ad hoc emergency support. The range of activities that we have been able to offer remotely has gradually increased however there are some clients who are unable to benefit and need face to face contact. As a result we are now trialling small focussed groups of up to 6 clients in our centre.

The new government guidelines state:

“Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes, but is not limited to, support to victims of crime, people in drug and alcohol recovery, new parents and guardians, people with long-term illnesses, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement, and vulnerable young people, including for them to meet young workers.”

Day services such as Headway Swindon are covered by the term “support group” so we are pleased to say that our small group sessions in the centre will continue, with the hope of running them more frequently and offered to more clients in the new year.

As we continue to evolve, we would like to thank everyone for their support and patience.

Yours sincerely

Jane Weston