The Foundation’s six residential bungalows have been home for more than 25 young people who are pupils in school or part of our Futures’ transition service for young adults. Our incredible support staff and the NHS nursing team from Chailey Clinical Services have put the interests of the young people first to ensure their daily lives are as close to ordinary as usual. The activities on site on bank holiday weekends this year were extraordinary!

Frequent video calls have kept families and residents in touch during the weeks when the site was closed to all visitors. We have begun to make parental visits possible in a cautious, measured way. Parents may now visit if they follow our guidance strictly. Parents wearing PPE can now visit their young person through the external door to their room or in a setting away from their bungalow but still on site.

Plans to open visiting arrangements further in August and September will depend on community transmission rates remaining low and PPE requirements for care homes and individual circumstances.

One of the most difficult decisions at the beginning of lockdown was to close our short break services. As a result of COVID-19, our capacity to offer short breaks is significantly reduced. As a result, it has been necessary to adapt the pattern of short breaks and change our offer to families. You can read our recent statement about short breaks here.

Re-opening short breaks is one of the most risky aspects of easing lockdown. Very few providers have been able to re-start short breaks and, for some, it will be a very long way off. At Chailey Heritage, we are looking to restart short breaks from September.

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