Important Notice from Hearing Dogs HQ
All Hearing Dogs fundraising, talks and classes are cancelled until further notice due to Coronavirus
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Like everyone, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is closely monitoring each unfolding development regarding the risk posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The welfare and safety of the people we support, our volunteers, and our staff is paramount. Therefore, following the most recent guidance from the Government, we have taken the decision that – from tomorrow (18 March) – our sites at The Grange and Beatrice Wright Centre will operate on a very restricted basis, with most staff to work from home.
We are well aware that many of our volunteer family and their loved ones fall into the groups that are considered to be at a higher risk of flu-like viruses, including people aged over 70 and those with pre-existing health conditions or compromised immune systems. As such, we are asking all volunteers to cease coming to The Grange and the Beatrice Wright Centre by 5pm today, or whatever time the last dogs have been collected from both sites.
With immediate effect we are also postponing all meetings, classes, training sessions, home visits, photoshoots, drives, events and gatherings of any kind including Tuesday and Thursday Tours, all Great British Dog Walks, and the Volunteer Fair planned for April. This list also includes fundraising activity and speaker bookings that you may have organised yourselves, so we would appreciate your help in politely postponing those activities until further notice.
The Grange Restaurant and Gift Shop will suspend operations at the end of the business day today, as will The Barn staff and volunteer restaurant (which is also situated in Saunderton with The Grange).
We appreciate that members of our wonderful volunteering family may well have specific questions about how this will affect their volunteering role(s) and particularly their ability to care for, and continue to train, any puppy or dog in their home. Advice will be issued shortly in regard to social distancing if you have a dog, and we will work together with you to ensure the best care of all our incredibly kind volunteers and the dogs in their homes.
It seems sensible to use this opportunity to ensure we have up-to-date emergency contact details for all our volunteers. The preferred method for doing that would be for you to click on the link below please:
Click here to update your emergency contact details
Please do speak to your volunteer coordinator with any individual concerns, take care to look out for department-specific advice as it is issued, and let us know if there are any significant changes in your circumstances.
We would also strongly encourage you to use our volunteer-centric social media channels to reach out to one another during these unprecedented times. We are so blessed to have such a fantastic volunteer family, who support each other as well as the charity, and we will get through this even stronger than ever.
Thank you for your kind support and understanding.
With best wishes,
Head of Volunteering.