Issue 6 - Published Monday 4th May 2020

Lench's Trust Weekly Coronavirus Update

Latest Government Advice

We are expecting an announcement from the government this weekend on their "exit strategy", i.e. how they plan to ease the lockdown over the coming weeks or months as the number of new cases appear to be declining.

However there is the risk of a second wave of infections (and subsequent waves) until and unless a vaccine is found and it is likely that the Governments Advice will remain as follows until further notice:

  • Avoid going out to public places unless for food shopping;
  • Social distancing - avoid ALL contacts outside your household. This includes family members  - or other residents from your scheme (this may be relaxed in the coming weeks);
  • If you have symptoms please self-isolate for 7 days. If you are no better after 7 days call 111 for advice - If someone in the house is showing symptoms then it'll be a total of 14 days self-isolation;
  • Do not go to your GP Practice - and in many instances now do call them on in cases of emergency.

The Government also Strongly advises that, in any case, people over the age of 70 should stay at home.

As we pass the 30,000 deaths this week (30,000 individual tragedies) PLEASE BE CAREFUL, FOR YOUR SAKE, THE STAFF'S AND YOUR NEIGHBOURS'.

Lench's Trust Measures

  • All communal areas are now fully closed, including the laundries;
  • Staff will attend the sites only minimum hours to reduce exposure and to protect both staff and residents:
    • Scheme Managers on site only to do call arounds and check on the wellbeing of their residents;
    • Head Office Staff & Maintenance Staff organising and distributing shopping at Lench's Close & William Lench Court, collecting rubbish and distributing the post;
    • Maintenance staff and trusted contractors on standby for emergencies only;
    • Staff wearing PPE at all times.

Only key cares and staff allowed to come on site

Since the last newsletter we are sad to report the death of a resident at William Lench Court, Mr Jeremiah Dunne - death unrelated to the coronavirus.

We are still recommending that all residents or staff with a health condition which puts them at higher risk to stay under strict isolation until further advice.

As you know we shall be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of WE Day on Friday 8th May and the staff have been preparing an activity pack for all schemes - from cupcakes to waving the flag to a sing along! We hope many of you will be able to join and celebrate this historic day.


Nothing can be more pertinent to today than singing together "We'll meet again!" 

Finally we take is opportunity to thank all who are working behind the scenes to support residents during this difficult time, with a special mention for our volunteers Ruth & Vivian from Tanner's Close who are calling the residents on a regular basis to check on their wellbeing. A BIG THANK YOU!

Important Message

Please Remember

  • Do not let anyone you have never seen before approach you unless introduced by a member of staff;
  • Do not open website links you do not know;
  • Always check with a member of staff first - criminals will often look genuine and use official UKGOV logos or fake IDs.

Useful contacts

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