So that we can all keep in contact whilst the farm is closed we have set up a closed Facebook group for our Team Members to join so that we can still chat, share photos etc.
To request to join follow the link www.facebook.com/groups/OTFteammembers/
This is a Joint Communication from Oak Tree Farm Rural Project and New Directions Support
On 16th March 2020 the government updated their advice in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The advice is that those people at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus should now be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. This group specifically mentions those people with chronic neurological conditions, such as a learning disability or cerebral palsy.
The advice can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
Given this specific advice, and also the advice from government for people to avoid gatherings in public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, and clubs, the management of both Oak Tree Farm Rural Project and New Directions Support now have no choice but to close the respective services.
We are very sorry to have to take this action but we know that everyone will understand that the health and safety of our Team Members and staff is always our priority.
Both services will be closed until further notice and we will issue further updates via Facebook and our websites. In addition, you can also phone the services for updates.
We are aware that some people may now be caring for vulnerable people and may require help and advice. Whilst the situation is unfolding we would signpost anyone with questions about the virus and what to do, to the NHS 111 site which can be found at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Our best wishes and we hope to see everyone soon
David Moreton: General Manager, Oak Tree Farm Rural Project
Warren Low: Chief Officer, New Directions Support
In the light of the latest advice from Government stating that we should avoid non essential contact and travel, we have taken the decision to close our team room until further notice.
We will still be open for Team Members as usual but are monitoring the situation closely.
We have also cancelled our AGM due to take place on Wednesday 18 March and had already cancelled our Plant Day in May.
The Project provides opportunity, support and encouragement for people to learn new skills and to improve their existing ones, paving the way into sheltered employment for those people for whom this is appropriate, whilst giving purposeful occupation to others.