Fifth Trust News


Care service update

15 July 2021

The lifting of many of the remaining coronavirus restrictions on 19 July means we can welcome all of our students back to The Fifth Trust for the first time in 16 months!

Many of our students returned in small bubbles after Easter, but people who attend a number of day centres and placements have only been able to go to one of them to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. Following advice from Kent County Council and Public Health England, these students are now able to return to us as well, so long as their families or carers are satisfied with the risk assessments carried out at all locations.

Although we have been keeping in close contact with everyone who has not been able to attend, nothing beats being together in person, and we cannot wait to see them back at the Vineyard and Barham skills centres from 2 August. We aim to reintroduce our full rota in September – hopefully the final step back to normality.

We have also been able to restart taster days for people interested in our services. We know from speaking to the families of potential students that missing out on the kind of opportunities we offer has been really tough so it is a massive relief to be able to invite them to visit.

We will continue regular Covid testing for staff. Because of the vulnerability of many of our students, who work in the garden centre and café every weekday, we would be grateful if our customers would continue to wear masks after the legal requirement to do so is lifted.