Wednesday, 2nd July 2020
In line with the UK Government’s current guidance, The Campaigners have suspended all face-to-face meetings, activities, residential camps and other events until the end of August 2020 at the earliest.
In local centres where Campaigners would usually meet physically on a week by week basis, we advise that all meetings, activities, events and DofE expeditions should not take place until it is both legally permitted and in line with the government guidance.
The primary consideration for all Campaigner activity should be to ensure the safety both of young people and of their leaders.
Although we may not be able to meet face to face, we know that many groups have made a great effort to maintain contact with their members. We would encourage you to look, pray and plan ahead to the challenges and excitement that resuming all our activities will present. We may well face a ‘new normal’ with new physical, practical and spiritual needs emerging.
When can we restart Campaigners?
At this stage we cannot give any authoritative endorsement concerning activities being planned for September and beyond. The appearance is that some relaxations are being introduced but, on closer scrutiny, these are still subject to strict restrictions. The 2-metre rule on social distancing is still the norm, the numbers of persons that may gather in groups inside and outside are very limited, and the removal or constant cleaning of books, games equipment, furniture etc. still applies. Should the guidance allow it, and before any group can consider reopening, all groups must adhere strictly to government advice and local conditions laid down by their Church.
The National Youth Agency (nya.org.uk) is the professional, statutory and regulatory body for youth work in England. A detailed advisory document entitled ‘Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19’ is present on their website. In a nutshell, there are five Health and Safety” steps to safer working together”, which you should have taken and which your insurers would expect you to have followed, before you could re-open when legally permitted and in line with government guidance. These are:
- We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with those who visit here
- We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- We are following national guidance issued by the NYA in consultation with PHE and the HSE
- We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain current social distancing requirements
- Where people cannot socially distance, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk
SAFEGUARDING – The Campaigners Digital Communications Policy
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The recent lockdown has brought the use of social media to the forefront of how we interact with each other. There are, however, safeguarding issues when engaging digitally or by telephone with young people under 18. All adult leaders need to have a clear understanding of good safeguarding practice when making use of social media, emails, texts, Zoom and any other electronic communications. The Campaigners have produced a Digital Communications Policy which provides guidance received from our advisors, Thirtyone:Eight.
Getting in touch with The Campaigners
The Campaigners office in the Christ Church Coventry buildings is currently closed. If you have any questions, comments or news to share, please get in touch with our Operations Director, Tim Greenhalgh.
Telephone: 01789 751546 or 07815 742 757.
Post: The Rectory, Church Lane, Welford on Avon CV37 8EL