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Members Update – Mon 4th May

Members Update - Mon 4th May

Members Update – Mon 4th May

Following on from the last message, which focused on home exercise options, we thought we’d offer a more diverse update this time.

While the majority of our staff have been furloughed in accordance with the Governments’ Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Senior Management Team continue to work on the business interruption plan, staying up to date with government updates, seeking funding support, and liaising with suppliers to reduce our outgoings; while continuing to liaise with staff and members.

We all eagerly await the time when it is safe to re-open and we are able to welcome you all back into the Centre; the thought of this keeps us motivated to ensure that the Centre survives this period of enforced closure, and can be revitalised ahead of the many challenges that face us all once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.
 
We also wanted to take the chance to share some joy during these troubling times – 2 members of our team welcomed new additions to the World on the same day in early April, Antony Lock (Duty Manager) and Tommy Edwards (Rec Assistant) were both close by (as close as they were allowed!) as Emmie and Arthur (respectively) arrived safe and healthily. Congratulations to both of your families from all of the staff.
 
Whatever your situation at home, finding the right balance between being active, relaxing and managing work (and home schooling for many) is a real challenge and we hope you are all finding ways to cope, and ideally are able to enjoy what has become our new normal.

There are plenty of helpful resources available, a few of our favourites are linked below:
 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cx2pk70323et/uplifting-stories
 
https://www.itv.com/news/2020-04-01/coronavirus-outbreak-uk-lockdown-positive-stories-raising-smile/
 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb92mfr A-Z for fun things to do
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/videos PE with Joe Wicks (every weekday at 9am)
 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize Homeschooling help
 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/52331950 Olympians during lockdown
 
The UK’s charities need your help
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect with the cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events. The Virgin Money London Marathon alone, which should have taken place on Sunday 26 April, is the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, which raised more than £66.4 million for thousands of charities in 2019. Many of these charities have had to reduce or stop services at a time when vulnerable members of society need them most; thousands of staff have been placed on furlough and many charities will not survive the next few months.
 
Why not get involved? Check out… https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk/
 
Volunteering
For those of you with a DBS check and First Aid qualifications of any kind, the Trust has signed up to a volunteering scheme in partnership with St John’s Ambulance. They are seeking volunteers to support minor injuries and ailments in hospitals, or with the British Red Cross to do more community-facing work like homelessness support, care for the vulnerable and outreach. If you would like to put yourself forward to volunteer, check out https://www.sja.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/

Stay Connected
If you want to get in touch with staff at the Centre, you can email info@rslonline.co.uk also please be patient in waiting for a response!

We’d also welcome any interaction over our social channels, across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter as well as via our mobile app, RSL Mobile
 
Stay Home and Stay Safe, to support the NHS.
  
Management Team
Redbridge Sports & Leisure

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