COVID Community Support Team
The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has impacted the whole of society and in response, Catalyst has developed a ‘COVID Community Support Team’.
Catalyst is spearheading a major push to go out into communities to help people including those most vulnerable and the elderly.
You can talk to one of the team, they will be available 7 days a week, 8am – 6pm.
Please call 01642 524500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help will range from, food shopping and picking up prescriptions to making sure people who are self-isolating and may be worried or lonely, get the right support they need.
Catalyst are working closely in partnership with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and other public sector organisations to coordinate this support.
If you are a resident in need of help and support or you know someone who is, get in touch and they can arrange assistance for those who are not able to manage.
What is COVID-19
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Currently, the government is advising anyone with a persistent cough and temperature to self-isolate, to find out more about this click here.
There are also guidelines around social distancing. This applies to everyone, but if you are considered to be in a vulnerable group please ensure that you are following these guidelines stringently.
NEWS & UPDATES
We will be providing any information that we have in regards to services, please do continue to check back here to find out more about service continuity and where you can get support if necessary.
Above is a letter from Stockton on Tees Borough Council’s Director of Children’s Services, Martin Gray. Here he outlines what is being done at the moment to ensure the children with EHCP’s and other vulnerable children and families are being supported. If you would like to view the letter in PDF format click here
An open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents, families and others who support them from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families. The letter signposts key Covid-19 guidance published over the past week. If you would like to view the letter in pdf format please click here
The Coronavirus Bill
As a forum, we wrote to the MP’s for Stockton North and Stockton South regarding the concerns that we had with the coronavirus bill. Alex Cunningham (MP Stockton North) has responded to our concerns.
More information about the bill and why we were writing to him can be found in our most recent blog post here
School is closed
If your child can be safely looked after at home then they should remain at home. However, if you are a key worker (list available here), if your child has an EHCP or is under some form of Child in Need, Child Protection or is Looked After then liaise with your child’s school.
PLEASE NOTE your children should only be attending school if it is absolutely vital for them to do so.
Stockton Borough Council has produced some guidance for families in this time to help with information on how to support your family at this time.
SEN & Engagement Update
Stockton Borough Council SEN & Engagement team are doing everything they can to continue performing their statutory duties. Joanne Mills, Head of Service has published a letter explaining further current service continuity, please click here to read
We are speaking with our schools daily to ensure we have a picture of the provision being provided for children and young people with SEN. At the moment ALL schools are open apart from AshTrees.
Although parent/carers should look at all of the guidance about social distancing and shielding those people most at risk from the spread of Corona Virus.