Important updates from BucksVision's Chief Executive
13 May 2020
In light of the Government’s announcement on Sunday (10 May), and the introduction of a new "conditional plan" to ease the coronavirus lockdown, allowing people in England to spend more time outdoors from Wednesday, we wanted to give you an overview of how this may affect BucksVision as an organisation and people accessing our services.
As Government advice for office workers remains the same, for the time being, BucksVision staff will continue to work from home. However, as before, we can still be reached by email or by calling our main office number (01296 487 556). In terms of BucksVision’s face to face services, for now, our clubs and activities will remain closed. We will continue to monitor the situation, and although we hope that we may be able to resume some of our services from September (for activities where social distancing guidelines can be maintained safely) it is possible that many of our services will not resume until a later date, depending on Government advice.
For the time being we continue to run an extended Telephone Befriending Service for members who would like regular contact with a volunteer and keep our social media channels updated. Our volunteers are also continnuing to keep in touch with our regular club members to ensure they are well and supported. Looking ahead, we are investigating introducing some virtual services such as quizzes or coffee morning. If you have any suggestions of services we could provide please don't hesitate to contact us by email or phone. We understand that there may be concerns around people who do not have access to technology or the internet but can confirm that many of the platforms used for virtual events allow people to join by phone.
Please find below a short video from our Chief Executive confirming the information above. And if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the team.
1 April 2020
Steve Naylor has recorded a short video to let you know that we are still here to help - you can view it here.
25 March 2020
In light of Monday’s guidance from the Government, we wanted to let you know that we have taken the decision to close the BucksVision office.
However BucksVision staff will continue to work from home and we can be reached by phone on 01296 487 556 or by email email@example.com, so if you do need any help or advice please don't hesitate to contact us.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this causes, but these are difficult times. We hope that things return to ‘business as usual’ in the near future and will let you know as soon as the office reopens.
We hope you stay safe and well,
Steve Naylor, Chief Executive and all of the BucksVision Team
16 March 2020
It seems likely that people over 70 will be advised in the weeks ahead to stay at home for an extended period to protect themselves and others. This is because older people (and those with underlying health conditions) are more vulnerable to falling seriously ill if they catch the coronavirus. Clearly, the safety of our volunteers and members must come first, even if this means suspending some of our services until the situation re: the spread of the virus is clearer. The significant majority of the people whom we support are past retirement age, simply because sight loss is often caused by conditions resulting from the ageing process, such as AMD and glaucoma.
Consequently, along with many other organisations, including other local societies, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend our face to face activities with immediate effect. Our face to face activities include all of our social clubs, bowls groups, walking groups, tandem, hospital services, resource centre visits and any home-based services (if you are a Home Services or Hospital Volunteer, Lisa will be in contact with you tomorrow to discuss this further). Clearly, I hope that this will be a short-term measure, but the situation continues to develop rapidly, and we need to put people’s health first. It seems that this situation is likely to persist for a number of weeks, until April or May, possibly even later, and I will continue to monitor developments closely and issue regular updates.
The BucksVision office will remain open for the time being. However, should this change, alternative arrangements will be put in place to support staff to work from home. Volunteer recruitment will continue, but there are no immediate plans to hold any form of volunteer training including our planned First Aid and Refresher Training that was scheduled for April. Samantha will be in touch separately about this in due course.
We are conscious that there are members and volunteers who may become increasingly vulnerable if isolated for a prolonged period. We hope to operate an extended telephone befriending service which staff and any willing volunteers can support to maintain regular contact with those most at risk. Please get in touch if you are interested in helping (we are happy to reimburse any telephone costs incurred for the service).
My thanks to everyone for all of their help and support during this difficult time.
Stay safe, and if you require any support, please do get in touch.
Steve Naylor, Chief Executive