Covid19 #Lockdown1 A Year On - National Day of Reflection

Profile: Oaklea, 23rd Mar, 2021

Today we at Oaklea are supporting the National Day of Reflection to mark one year of lockdown, honouring those we have lost and coming together to support each other.

The impact of the pandemic and lockdown has meant that we have had to find different ways to say goodbye to the people we love as we grieve for our loss.

Championed by Marie Curie Cancer Care and supported by the National Care Forum (NCF) – the leading member association for not-for-profit care providers – Tuesday 23rd March is set aside for a National Day of Reflection, as people from across the country join together in a minute’s silence at 12noon to reflect on those who have died and show support to the millions of people who are bereaved.

Oaklea are part of the National Care Forum (NCF) - in fact they recognised our efforts during Covid awarding us this certificate:

Chair of Oaklea Trust, Andy Scott issues this thank you jointly on behalf of the Oaklea Trustees, CEO of Oaklea Group Clive Wigley & Right2Work Chair Jane Sullivan:

“Today marks the anniversary of the first Covid Lockdown. It has been a very challenging year for both Oaklea and Right2Work, impacting on the lives of our customers & learners, and employees & Volunteers. We have had to furlough many employees, with those remaining at work, having to work above and beyond to keep both organisations going. We thank you all for your efforts and let’s hope that as we move further into 2021, we move back to a more normal way of living and working.”

The ‘new normal’ -You can see Andy on a visit to Oaklea HQ a few weeks ago to sign documents - and leading by example on face coverings

Across the Oaklea Group we have responded to the challenges of Corona -and it’s ongoing impact:

In it together - Customers in County Durham - keeping people busy and staying safe

Delivered with #kindness -We took food, prescriptions and other essentials to those isolating and shielding in the rural Eden Valley

“Dear…” -Many Oaklea customers went the extra mile to share the love with others - like Frances -writing to people in care homes and visiting friends

Sweet success - At Right2Work Learners adapted to the new ways of doing things

Top duo see double -Employees and those we support rose to the challenge - PPE became an everyday essential…

You can find more stories on what we did here Oaklea Gallery of response to Covid19 2020

Vic Rayner, CEO of the National Care Forum on National Day of Reflection:

“Sorrow lays heavy on us all as we head to this anniversary of a year since the first national lockdown; a year where so many have lost loved ones, friends, colleagues and valued members of their communities; a year when so many have not been able to enjoy the very human connections – of touch, kiss, love, hugs and affection; a year when so many have had to stay away from community – whilst shielding or protecting and caring for others more vulnerable than themselves; a year when a virus that we can’t see has seemingly taken control of almost every aspect of our lives, bringing our community, and those of others across the globe, to a standstill.

In amongst all of this the country has turned its focus to social care – often because that is where the epicentre of impact of this deadly virus has hit home. It has been care workers who have borne the brunt of supporting people in homes and communities – day in day out – seven days a week. It has been care providers who have had to change and flex the way that they provide care to cope with the ever-changing understanding of how to provide care in a COVID-19 environment. Critically, it has been people living in care homes who have lost so much – so many of whom have tragically lost their lives to COVID, while huge numbers have been unable to see loved ones throughout this terrible year..

In the glare of this sudden spotlight of attention, something amazing has happened – something that should give us all hope for a better and brighter year ahead. In each and every one of these communities that have been hit so hard, there has been fantastic leadership, community and care, demonstrating just what incredible value social care brings to the people and families that it serves. As we reflect and remember, let us also take a moment to reflect on light and hope in a time dominated by sorrow and darkness.”

Green shoots: Looking ahead to a positive future - there’s still a way to go but together we can do it! Oaklea customer and support make the most of vital outdoor space at their home in Durham

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