How are you getting on?
It is with hope that we type the following words and by that we mean Felixstowe is not in any sort of local, or national lockdown, making what comes next redundant! So, it is September and the plans are for schools to return, for workers to get back into offices and for us all to get on with whatever this new normal means to us. Did you enjoy using the Government’s ‘Eat out to Help out Scheme?’ Have you enjoyed the pedestrian only section of Hamilton Road between 10am-4pm? Did you, or will you, enjoy a UK staycation? We suspect how you answer some of those questions will give a clue as to how ready you are to ‘return to normal’ and how cautious you might (legitimately) still feel. After all, what is normal?
Here at Hope Trust we took the bold decision to re-open in August with a limited range of activities. We know that having our own small community building means we can control all aspects of its use, including cleaning, numbers in/out and enjoying sole use of its lovely facilities. Whilst the word that will forever define August will be ‘cleaning’ - at least we know that it is safe to use. If you haven’t yet ventured out to join us, please be assured that we take your safety, as well as that of our volunteers, VERY seriously indeed. Your experience will start with us taking your temperature, asking you to complete our Track & Trace Contact info; once you are seated you can take your mask off as it’s hard to drink coffee with it on! Our one way in, one way out system means a trip to the loo will include a few more steps than usual, but we’re all adults and know you can cope with that! Oh and of course, washing your hands or using hand sanitiser, how could we forget that important step! So, our Tuesday Technology Café, Tea & Chat sessions on a Wednesday and Friday are all currently hosted at Maidstone Hall between 10-12noon, with our Thursday Tea & Chat returning to the Old Felixstowe Community Association building, again between 10-12noon.
As mentioned last month we have taken the decision to prioritise the Autumn Bereavement Support Group and so this will be hosted on 4 consecutive Mondays, starting Monday 28th September, Covid-19 permitting. If you want to find out what the 4-week course covers, you can join us on Saturday 19th September at 10.30am, here at Maidstone Hall, when we will share a brief overview with you. Bereavement is tough enough at any time, but there is no doubt that loss during the pandemic has added layers of complexity to the process. Please don’t struggle alone, we are here to help, just give us a call to find out more.
So, there you have it, we are back up and running and looking forward to catching up with as many of you as possible. However, if venturing out is still too big a hurdle to overcome don’t forget we are also here to give you a cheery phone call, send a letter or write a short card; in other words you do not need to do this alone, Hope Trust remains committed to being here to help.