6th April 2020
From: The Chair of the Trustees
To: All our Friends
First and foremost, we hope you are keeping well and staying safe in these difficult times.
As we approach Easter I would like to take this opportunity to share some GOOD NEWS with you! TAB is still open and is as busy as ever! Allow me to explain:
When the Prime Minister announced that we should all remain at home except for key workers, we realised that for the young people we support, our staff are their key workers! Furthermore we also knew that to remain at home was going to present significant challenges for some young people particularly where the domestic circumstances are already difficult.
However we also realised that we had to protect our staff from the risk of infection. Therefore, to enable our counselling and healthy lifestyles work to continue, we have completely reconfigured our support service. All our young people were contacted to ask them if they would like to continue to have a link with us remotely via text, phone, email, or social media. We have also invested in smart phones for all the staff so that they can work from home and continue with regular support for their clients. After just one week, it is working! We are getting some great feedback from clients and staff!
Our other significant challenge is that earlier this year, we had a massive increase in the number of young people needing our support. This led to a waiting list of 48 – it has never been as long as this. We have been able to respond to this by carrying out initial assessments online and we are beginning to reduce the waiting list. We are enormously grateful to our centre manager, Gary Hibbins, and all the staff for responding in such a positive way to what is a challenging situation for us all. The trustees are also working remotely and using conference calls very effectively.
Unlike some other charities, we have also been able to reassure the staff that we still need them. This is only possible because of the generous support of our friends – people like you.
Whilst this has put additional pressures on our budget, we continue to receive donations and grants. This is the only way we can continue to provide the quality of support we are able to offer young people – many of whom now find that they need us more than ever. If this is a time of year when you are able to make another donation to TAB, you now know that it will be put to immediate use.
Finally, on behalf of all the trustees, may I thank you for your continued interest and support. TAB only thrives because of people like you! Keep well and stay safe.
With every good wish.
NB: Our AGM is scheduled for Tuesday 16th June 2020 at 7.00pm at The Barn, Christ Church, Northcourt Road, Abingdon: To be confirmed later!