An Update on Covid-19 From Our CEO

Dear Friends and Supporters of Pure Insight

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for sticking with us during these challenging times.  The commitment and support we have seen from our incredible volunteers at this difficult time is only rivalled by the response from our amazing staff team.  As key workers your flexibility and creativity in offering support to our young people has meant that they are not left alone and isolated, they have been able to maintain their relationships with you.  I know there may have been a few bumps in the road and there may be a few more but your consistency and reliability is truly humbling.  Those messages, group chats, phone calls, video calls, food/item doorstep drops offs, safe window conversations and safe distance visits/walks are making an incredible difference to the lives of our youngsters.  As a volunteer mentor myself I know how much my young mum needs those regular messages and calls, we have also been out on what we refer to as ‘Safe Distance Walking’ once a week so that she gets that human contact she desperately needs.    I understand everyone’s circumstances will be different as will every offer so if there is anything else you think we can do for your young person please do let us know.

We wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything that you are doing now and will continue to do as we enter the next phase of this new journey we find ourselves on.  I hope that you feel supported during this time, please do let us know if there is anything else we can do to support you too. 

Thanks again for all that you are and all that you do


Sarah CEO and the Pure Insight Team

Our COVID-19 Response 

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our care family and local communities and therefore have made some changes to the way we deliver our services, based on new government guidance and social distancing restrictions. 

We Are All in This Together

COVID19 Emergency Offer 

We will support ALL care leavers in Stockport, Cheshire East and Trafford who are in crisis due to COVID19 to access Food, Fuel and Communication packages of support. 
All requests will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mentoring Services 

Most face to face meetings have been replaced with phone and video calls. Mentors continue to provide practical advice and emotional support to their mentees and where this is not possible (ie due to illness) Mentoring Coordinators are offering increased support and have created various mini virtual mentoring support chats and activities. 
Mentoring Coordinators continue to offer out of hours phone and video call support to young people and volunteers as is standard practice. 

Psychological Wellbeing Services  

Face to face meetings have been replaced with phone and video calls where possible, however due to the nature of the service, some face to face contact remains in place, adhering to appropriate social distancing and hand wash measures. 
Psychological Wellbeing workers continue to provide structured and ongoing emotional support. 
Young people are also part of our In Mind closed Facebook Group, offering peer and professional support to those struggling with mental ill health. 

Trauma Counselling 

Face to face meetings have been replaced with phone and video calls. Counsellors and Psychological Wellbeing Workers and others are working very closely to support our most vulnerable young people. 
Counsellors are also integrated into our closed Facebook group In Mind.   

Parent Support

All non essential face to face meetings have been replaced with phone and video calls in line with new social restrictions. 
Parent Workers are using our well established closed Facebook page, to create peer support platform for parents and help to build and maintain structured days by using a variety of fun, informative and interactive activities. 
Parent workers are supporting parents directly via phone and video call, including out of hours.   

Peer Support Groups 

All Café groups have moved to virtual online via Facebook, Messenger, and Live group video calling. 
Project Workers are connecting with young people in various interactive and innovative ways to ensure they are not socially isolated during this time. 

Employment, Education & Training Services

All face to face meetings have been replaced with phone and video calls. Employment Officer will continue to provide employability skills, training and support to young people, including video coaching, cv writing, confidence building, and interview prep. Virtual learning courses and other accessible options will be explored. 
Employer work will continue where possible.

Volunteers

We are always recruiting volunteers to support youngsters in the local areas we serve. Please contact us on info@pure-insight.org.uk or 01618044410

Partners

We are available as usual on our individual emails and mobiles. 

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