Dear friends,

I am writing to you ahead of London’s entering Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions as of tomorrow.

While the changing rules entail new limitations on what the public at large are permitted to do, I am writing to reassure you that we are still here to support you, your loved ones and your family as a whole, despite the worsening situation throughout the capital.

As always, our services and activities are run in accordance with the latest government guidelines, including key exemptions for essential service providers.

One of the main exemptions that applies to Harrow Mencap is gathering indoors, or in groups larger than 6, in outdoor public places for the following reasons: 

  • For work, or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes.
  • For registered childcare, education or training – meaning education related to a formal curriculum or training that relates to work or obtaining work.
  • For running support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support, where it is necessary for these to take place in person.
  • For supervised activities provided for children and those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), children’s groups, activities for under-18s, and children’s playgroups.

These exemptions mean that many of our services can continue without interruption, and our staff are taking all necessary precautions to ensure that we can provide safe, high quality support to our families, with key measures such as temperature checks on arrival and the use of full PPE when providing personal care.

If you would like to find out more about these measures, we invite you to watch our “Coming back to services during the Covid-19 pandemic” video for an idea of the high standards we have continued to maintain below:

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to raise these with the manager of the service that supports you or your loved one.

Please be reassured that we will continue to offer support in whatever way we can.

Yours sincerely,

Deven Pillay

Chief Executive and Company Secretary

Email: [email protected]