Coronavirus update

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Aquarius and COVID19

Updated 19/07/2021

We have faced an unprecedented situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions placed on service delivery that social distancing and COVID secure measures have brought. We have continued to deliver services safely for people who use our services, our staff and the general public. We continue to review the situation with the easing of social restrictions that come into place today with the governments COVID roadmap. Each service has a plan to ensure continued safe service delivery.

Young People’s Services
We are still seeing young people in schools and colleges when permitted to do so and observing COVID secure measures. We are also offering social distant walks and are able to see young people face to face in the office adhering to social distancing rules. We are of course also offering virtual sessions by phone or Zoom where face to face appointments aren’t able to go ahead.

Adult Treatment Services
DerbySolihullTelfordWolverhampton and Gambling services. There are  staff available at our offices to see people who use our services. A blended approach that combines face to face and telephone and video calls provided on a 1-1 and group basis is in place.

Training Services (update 22/07/2020)
Aquarius DRIVE, our Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme and Aquarius Life, support for employees and students dealing with mental health, alcohol, drugs, gambling and other challenges, are providing services vitually and face to face as deemed appropriate . Please contact the services directly for more information regarding this.

Our Northamptonshire Healthy Futures training service continues to deliver our Drug and Alcohol Awareness training to teams across the county on line, via video conferencing. We are now able to provide Resilience and Stress Management training. If you would like to know more or would like to book a training session, please contact 0300 456 4292, or email northamptonshire@aquarius.org.uk.

Evolve social enterprise cafe
Our Evolve social enterprise cafe’s have reopened. In addition to our main site at the Adam and Eve in Digbeth we have also opened a new premises at the Commonwealth Games headquarters for their staff in June 2021 at Brindley Place in Birmingham.

Aquarius: Supporting people to cope with the Corona Virus
Statement from Aquarius Head of Service

The COVID pandemic has placed unprecedented pressures on the most vulnerable in our society and that is particularly true for alcohol, drug users, and gamblers and their families as the people we support.

We have continued to deliver services safely and effectively. We have supported and encouraged our staff and people we support to be vaccinated and we continue to monitor infection levels for our staff and people we support on a weekly basis to inform our decision making on service delivery.

The impact of the stresses of the pandemic on the people we support demonstrate that Aquarius services are needed more then ever. Our ’Functional Model’ is fundamentally about helping people identify the needs they meet through alcohol, drugs and gambling and helping them find alternatives ways to meet these needs.

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, Aquarius staff have the training and experience to provide such invaluable support at this time for the people who use our services and for each other as colleagues. We remain  dedicated and committed to providing the best possible support to the people who use our services as we move forward into a world that has been changed by the COVID pandemic.

Stay safe. Stay well.

Richard McVey
Aquarius Head of Service

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