NOTICE FOR SPIN MEMBERS, PARENTS AND CARERS AND INFORMATION FOR NEW ATTENDEES

NOTICE FOR SPIN MEMBERS, PARENTS AND CARERS AND INFORMATION FOR NEW ATTENDEES

SPIN will be restarting on Wednesday night, 8 September, at 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm at the Coton Centre, Comberford Road, Tamworth.  For the time being, the Monday group, which meets at St John’s Rooms in Tamworth, will not be recommencing due to the small size of the room and the lack of adequate ventilation, but we will keep you updated on this as and when things change.

RESTRICTIONS

Covid-19 has not gone away, and there are still many cases in Tamworth as well as elsewhere in the country.  Autumn is nearly upon us and we don’t know how many more cases the winter will bring.  We would therefore ask that you please comply with the following restrictions, which will be reviewed every half term.

1                     For the time being we are restricting our numbers to 30 per week to ensure there is sufficient space for social distancing.  Depending on how Covid-19 develops as the winter approaches, this will be reviewed at half term in October, and another letter sent out to you letting you know how we will be working for the following half term.

2                     Any member wishing to come to SPIN on any Wednesday should write to the SPIN Secretary and let her know.  Please do NOT just turn up because if we already have 30 members attending, unfortunately they would need to be sent home.  If we have more than 30 wishing to come, the overflow will be placed at the top of  the list for the following week.  All who write in will receive a reply acknowledging whether they can come on their preferred date.

3                     Please wear a mask or visor when in the building, to keep both members and staff as safe as possible.  This includes parents who come into the Coton Centre when dropping off their children.

4                      If you are officially exempt from wearing a mask or visor, please wear your exemption lanyard as proof.

5                     Make sure you use the antibacterial hand gel provided as soon as you come into the building.

6                     If you did not come to SPIN in July, either to the evening group or the Activity Week, please bring with you, on your first evening back at SPIN, your little blue card to prove that you have received your 2 vaccinations.  If you have not had, or are not able to have vaccinations, please bring with you a recorded negative lateral flow test taken within the previous 2 days.

7                     Even though people vaccinated are no longer required to isolateif any member, carer, parent, staff member or volunteer contracts Covid-19, you MUST LET US KNOW, so that we can consult Public Health and Government guidelines as to what we should do, and so that we can contact all members, parents, carers, staff and volunteers, in order that they can make an informed decision as to whether they wish to still come along or whether they wish to stay away from SPIN for 2 weeks to ensure that they do not contract the virus.

CARERS

Please note that any member who requires personal care, or who has challenging behaviour, should have a carer with them.  Carers should actively take responsibility for their clients because, with the best will in the world, there are not enough staff at SPIN to give one to one care and attention to the detriment of all of the other members attending, and we want everyone to feel happy, safe and well.   

TUCK SHOP

For the time being we are going to continue with a £5.00 special offer to avoid passing on the virus through excessive money handling.  If a member would like a soft drink can and a chocolate bar or packet of crisps, please bring a £5.00 note, which will cover the latter plus the £4.00 subscription for the evening.

AND FINALLY

We do look forward to seeing many of you back with us over the coming weeks.  If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to email the SPIN Secretary (secretary@spin-tamworth.co.uk). 

If you would prefer to speak to someone directly, please contact Sylvia the Club Leader (01827 65264) or Lindsey (SPIN Secretary (01827 64391).

SPIN Zoom Meetings

As we have not been able to meet physically for nearly a year now, due to Covid-19, SPIN has been meeting each Wednesday night between 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm via Zoom for the last few months.  We chat with each other and play games, and would be really pleased if more of you would like to join us.  If you would like to take part, and have a computer, phone or tablet with access to the Internet, please get in touch with Lindsey (secretary@spin-tamworth.co.uk) and let her know.  She will then add you to the SPIN Zoom circulation list, and you will get a link each week to click onto so that you can join with us.

SPIN Activity Week 2021

We are hoping that by July most people will have been vaccinated, which may mean that it is safe for us to meet again face-to-face.  With this in mind we have provisionally booked our SPIN Activity Week, to take place at the Coton Centre between Monday, 26 July and Friday, 30 July.  Each day would run between 10.00 am and 3.30 pm.  Please keep the dates in mind, and if we are able to go ahead, we will let you have further details as soon as we are able.

SPIN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Our SPIN Annual General Meeting would have been due to take place on 23 June.  However, our Prime Minister has indicated that it will be at least 4 July before people will be able to start to meet in larger numbers again.  We know this because he has said that social meeting places like pubs, clubs and restaurants will be permitted to open again on that date, but even then there would need to be a safe distance between each person who gathers in those places, and presumably this will only happen if the rate of infection is still going down.   

We are therefore obviously not going to be able to hold our AGM on the date designated.  Our end of financial year accounts will still be published on the Charity Commission website at the correct time, as is our legal obligation, but the Charity Commission is allowing AGMs to be postponed, if necessary, until it is deemed safe to meet, or they can meet via a medium such as Zoom.  We prefer a face to face meeting, so at the present time, with the information we have to hand, we do not anticipate holding our AGM until towards the end of the year. 

The minutes of the previous meeting are always sent out to members, parents, care homes, staff, volunteers and committee, a month before the current AGM is due to take place, and we will do this, as usual, when a new date is decided upon.

L Thompson

SPIN SECRETARY

26 May 2020

17th April – Update from SPIN

All of us at SPIN hope you had a happy Easter, despite not being able to get out and about at this time. We are trying to keep in touch with the majority of our members via email or telephone, and for those on email, we are attaching activity sheets which you can download and use, in case you are bored and need something to do.

Prom Unfortunately, we will be unable to hold the Prom on 8 May, as it is very unlikely that the lockdown will have been safely lifted within the next 3-4 weeks. If at all possible, we will try to re-schedule it for the autumn, but this will obviously depend on the current situation with coronavirus, and also whether or not we can hire a venue at that time. It is very possible that venues have already been booked during September and October. If that is the case, we will re-book for next year, and all those who have already paid will receive their money back.

Activity Week Our Activity Week is booked at the Coton Centre for Monday to Friday, 27-31 July. At this point in time we are hoping that we might still be able to go ahead with this, but we do not know for certain.

We will not send out any letters and booking forms for the Activity Week until around the end of May/beginning of June, and only then if we know that restrictions on lockdown and movement are going to be lifted by the end of the school year. However, we wanted you to have the dates so that you could book them in your diaries or on your calendars.

Please continue to stay safe at home, and be assured that we will keep you updated as to when we are able to resume SPIN.

Kind regards and best wishes

SPIN STAFF

COVID-19

Dear Members, Parents and Carers,

I am sure you have all been watching the news very intently over the past few weeks, and know how our own country is now in the grip of the coronavirus outbreak.

Many of our members have underlying health conditions which could affect them adversely should they catch the virus, and half of our staff are in the over 70’s age bracket, whom the government have told to self-isolate at home.

As of Monday, 16 March, the Coton Centre is closing all weekday activities in an effort to stop the virus from spreading.

After much discussion, we have decided that it is in all our interests to suspend SPIN on both Mondays and Wednesdays for the time being, starting tomorrow. This means that there will be no SPIN until at least after Easter.

Once Easter is over you will be contacted again to inform you as to whether or not we will be starting up again. The date of resuming SPIN will depend on whether the number of coronavirus cases in the UK are subsiding. If they are not, we may have to delay starting up, but we will keep you informed.

The SPIN Prom is due to take place on 8 May. A third of you have already bought tickets. At this point in time we are working on the assumption that we can still go ahead, but obviously, as SPIN is now closed, you will not be able to buy a ticket before the original deadline date of 1 April.

For those of you who still wish to come to the Prom, but have not yet bought tickets, please email me or telephone me (01827 64391) and let me know that you wish to come, so that we have an idea of numbers for catering. If we go ahead you will then be able to buy a ticket as soon as SPIN starts up again.

However, if the coronavirus outbreak gets worse, it is likely that Hopwas Club will suspend all bookings, and we are not able to hold the Prom, in which case, we will either move the date to the autumn, or cancel it altogether. All who have paid will then be given a full refund.

Some of our members are not on email or the Internet. If you have friends, neighbours, college or school friends who come to SPIN, please contact them and let them know about the above.

Finally, we do hope that you all understand why we feel we have had to take these measures, and look forward to seeing you again as soon as this disease subsides.

In the meantime, do look after yourselves and keep safe.

SPIN Activity Week 2020

Open to all over the age of 14 who have learning difficulties or physical disabilities.

When: Monday to Friday, 27th July to 31st July 2020

What time: 10.00 am to 3.30 pm

Where: The Coton Centre, Comberford Road, Tamworth (next door to Rawlett’s School)

For more information and/or a booking form, please email Lindsey at secretary@spin-tamworth.co.uk, or contact Reception at SPIN on Wednesday evenings (7.15 pm to 9.30 pm)

Or telephone Sylvia on 01827 65264 or Lindsey on 01827 64391.