We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation and taking any sensible and necessary precautions based on the very latest advice provided by Public Health England. Our priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our Julia’s House families, their children, our staff, volunteers and supporters. Here’s an update on the steps we’ve taken so far:
We are continuing to provide care and support to local children and families in their homes, taking all the required infection control precautions, in line with current Government advice. We will continue to review the situation on a daily basis but are planning on providing this vital care as long as we possibly can.
We’ve stopped hospice respite care sessions for the foreseeable future, based on the current evidence and due to the complex needs of the children we care for and their increased vulnerability.
We will be assessing end of life referrals on a case-by-case basis as resources allow, which is what we would normally do. At the present time, we will not be able to provide end of life care if a child has had COVID-19 Coronavirus as we are not supplied with the right respiratory personal protective equipment – these are rightly being prioritised for dedicated COVID-19 and acute units.
We are also here to help support the NHS, not only by continuing our services in the community, but also by looking at what NHS services we can take on to relieve the huge pressure on the local NHS.
All our shops are now closed. Please keep hold of your donations for when we can open our doors again.
We are reviewing all our fundraising activity on an ongoing basis based on the latest Government advice and where appropriate, events / activities may be postponed or cancelled. Please check individual events here. If you were holding an event and are not sure what to do now, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can see if we can help.
Last but definitely not least. We want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who is supporting us in the work that we do. We are thinking of all of you in these uncertain and difficult times and are so grateful for your continued support – it is making a life-changing difference to our children and families.
This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone. We rely on public funding for 95 per cent of our income and we anticipate we have lost at least
£1 million income almost overnight through our shops closing and fundraising events and activities being cancelled. This is potentially devastating.
If you are able to support us by making a donation, we would be very grateful. Together we can continue to support families in need across Dorset and Wiltshire.