A message from our Chief Executive

At The Disabilities Trust, the health and safety of the people we care for, and our staff, is our number one priority. Amidst the uncertainty posed by the ongoing threat of coronavirus, we want to reassure everyone that we are taking every precaution necessary to keep our people safe and comfortable.

Many of the people we support fall into the ‘high-risk’ category, as defined by the government, so it is of the utmost importance that we do everything we can to protect them. As always, we are maintaining the highest standards of infection control, and have rigorous processes in place.

We have also taken the difficult decision to place a temporary restriction on visits from family, volunteers and contractors unless absolutely essential. We were hesitant to impose restrictions as we want to keep life as normal as possible for the people we support, but in the current climate, we feel this is necessary. We are ensuring that our staff have everything they need to facilitate contact with families by other means, such as phone and video calls. We will be guided by government advice as to when these restrictions should be lifted and will communicate this as soon as possible.

Our staff are working tirelessly to continue to provide the very best care, and minimise disruption for the people we support where possible. In order to support them to do this, we have set up a dedicated helpline to ensure our staff have everything they need to deal with this situation. We are also communicating important information about the government updates with managers daily.

It is vital that we ensure that we continue as normal, and want to make clear that we are still accepting referrals, although the continuity of this will be decided on a case by case basis. We should be contacted in the normal way to make referrals: https://www.thedtgroup.org/referrals.

Thank you all for your understanding and ongoing support during this difficult time.

Irene Sobowale

Chief Executive of the Disabilities Trust