PROMISEworks is delighted to report that it is taking careful, measured steps towards the re-establishment of more normal, face-to-face mentoring operations. 

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, with all face-to-face meetings cancelled, our volunteers have worked hard to find ways to stay in touch with the children and young people that they support 

The energy and creativity that they have applied to this task has meant that only four of our eighty or so relationships have disengaged during the periodMost are still in place, ready to re-start more normal meetings from where they left off in March. 

Our staff team has developed a clear and comprehensive risk assessment process with which to examine each relationshipOnce a volunteer has confirmed that they are willing and able to re-start meetings, the staff team check with any other services supporting the child or young person to understand how their situation might have changed over the lock-down periodIf all remains positive after these checks, the family is consulted to understand their circumstances and assess any specific risks that may delay re-startWhen everyone is happy, meetings can re-commence.  Our team of mentors are already reporting joyous reunions and welcoming smiles from their young friends.  

The families supported by PROMISEworks are highly likely to be amongst those hardest hit by the effects of COVID-19 isolationsocial distancing and additional financial pressures.  PROMISEworks remains committed to supporting as many children and young people in these vulnerable situations as possible – more so now than everOur focus, as soon as we can do it safely, will be to match as many new children as we can with our trained mentors. 

With a backlog of referrals, the staff team have worked hard to set up a COVID-friendly training courseA new venue has been found with space to allow adequate distancing between trainers and participantsThe latest four-week mentor training programme started on 4th July in North Petherton, further courses are planned for September and November.  

The Trustees have been focused upon maintaining the financial stability of the charityThey are immensely grateful to the organisations and individuals that had pledged funds prior to the start of the COVID-19 crisis and who confirmed their continued support under a new set of priorities  

Our small band of volunteer fundraisers have continued to work tirelessly in pursuit of new ways to raise awareness and funds.  Alongside these efforts, the Trustees have been successful in sourcing COVID-19 related emergency funding from the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.  This has been vital in helping us to maintain our service as other funding opportunities have disappeared.  Our thanks to the Government for making this possible.  It has given us the confidence to consider further growth of our mentoring service as we emerge from lock-down arrangements. 

The goal of everyone at PROMISEworks is to respond quickly to the demands caused by the after-effects of COVID-19 as they begin to emergeWe want to develop the financial strength that will allow us to grow the staff team still further, recruit new volunteers and increase the number of children we support. Our goal remains to help each one of these children and young people to build their own “life that works.”   

Thank you to everyone who has supported us through these difficult time – your help has been invaluable

 COVID19 Update 2020/07/20