Issue 15 - Published Monday 6th July 2020

Lench's Trust Weekly Coronavirus Update


This the last Coronavirus Newsletter as we are officially lifting the lockdown in all our 3 schemes as from today, Monday 6th July.

Whilst the risk of coronavirus is far from gone, with the number of new cases still too high and localised pockets of increased infections, the government has been relaxing the national guidelines for lockdown over the last few weeks - culminating in "Super Saturday" last weekend. This makes our task all the more superfluous to try and keep the coronavirus at bay, hence our decision to lift the lockdown altogether.

This means that visitors will now be allowed onto our premises, including families in the individual apartments, deliveries, cleaners, mobile hairdressers etc. This also means that staff will no longer be doing the shopping, deliveries and distribution of the post to individual apartments - apart for the few residents who cannot leaver their apartments for one reason or another, and who do not have families to support them.

We are however asking residents and their families to use common sense and to avoid crowding in the reception area and corridors (William Lench Court) or the grounds in all 3 schemes. Visitors are advised to wear masks whilst on the premises. The official guidelines remain that no more that 2 households should meet and mix at any one time.

Please also note that the communal areas, including the laundries, will remain closed until further notice as these are high risk areas. We will review in September how we can safely re-introduce activities in the schemes, but much will depend on the number of cases and the rate of infection by then. The restaurant at William Lench Court will remain closed until September at the earliest and the current arrangements for meals will continue.

Finally all staff will revert to their previous duties as independent living resumes in our schemes and I am sure you will want to join me to thank them for their extraordinary work during a difficult period.


Please stay safe in your community & help us protect YOU!

Stay Alert: We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  •  Stay at Home as much as possible;
  • Work from home if you can;
  • Limit contact with other people;
  • Keep you distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible);
  • Wear a mask when outside your apartment;
  • Wash your hands regularly;
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.


Look after your mental and physical wellbeing, and look after each other:

  • Take care of your mind as well as your body if your are staying at home or if you are shielding because of the coronavirus;
  • You may feel bored , frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you. It's important to remember that it is OK to feel this way - please do share your feeling with someone close or, if you prefer, contact one of the organisations listed below for help:
  • Stay connected wit others - think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family - by phone, messaging, video calls or social media;
  • Look after you body: try to eat healthy (it can be so easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour), drink enough water and exercise regularly by going for a walk;
  • Concern about the coronavirus is perfectly normal. However try to focus on the things YOU can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get you information from;
  • Keep your mind active: read, write, play games, do crosswords, finish jigsaws, or try drawing and painting.


Other Useful Contacts:

Download Issue 15 - HERE