** TEMPORARY CLOSURE ** Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, from Friday March 20th the COATS centre will be closing for a minimum of 12 weeks. More details below.
COATS UPDATE TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) EMERGENCY
As we enter a further period of social isolation, I felt it was appropriate to provide an update on the COATS response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) emergency.
As you may be aware the COATS Centre was closed to Visitors on Friday 20th March. At the time of closing we were confident that all our Visitors and their families had made suitable arrangements for support during the period of social isolation.
Our Shop was closed on Tuesday 17th March removing the main source of funding for our work at the Centre.
The Trustees and staff have been working hard behind the scenes on two important fronts: Firstly, we have set up a COATS “Keeping In Touch” programme. Our Centre Manager, Bernie Dunstone, supported by Clare Rebbeck, has phoned all 110 of our Visitors to check that their care and support needs are being met. Using their contacts they have been able to provide advice and to direct Visitors and their families to organisations providing additional support to meet health and wellbeing needs. For the duration of the lock-down period Bernie and Clare will make regular phone calls to those of our Visitors who need it; to just chat, catch up and provide some much-needed social contact. This will amount to over 50 phone calls each week. Every one of our Visitors has been delighted with the contact from COATS and all are looking forward to the day when they can meet up again with their friends at the COATS Centre.
Our second focus has been working to secure the future of the COATS charity so that we will be there for our Visitors when life returns to some degree of normality. As you will appreciate we have no clear outlook on when we will be able to re-open our Centre or our Shop. Until our Shop reopens we will need to draw on our reserves to pay for the minimum necessary costs of both the Centre and the Shop. Fortunately we are able to benefit from the Government Salary Subsidy scheme by furloughing all our staff with the Government paying 80% of salary costs until at least 30th June. The experience of our staff and their close relationship with our Visitors will be vital in getting the COATS Centre up and running again.
Finally, when this crisis is over and we are able to open up our Centre and Shop the support and dedication of our Volunteers, will also be vital in getting the Centre up and running again and in getting the much-needed income flowing from the Shop once more.
The COATS staff and Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Crowthorne for their support to COATS and to reassure our Visitors, their families, our shop customers and shop donors that we will return; stay safe, stay well and look after each other.
John Barnes (Chairman)
The Centre provides companionship, healthy lunches, teas, stimulating activities, entertainment and services for older people in the local community in addition to providing respite for their carers.
COATS is a registered charity whose objective is to promote the welfare of Senior Citizens within Crowthorne and the surrounding area
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COATS has been in operation for over 50 years. Our main aim is to provide companionship, healthy lunches and stimulating activities for older people in our community. If you would like to meet some new people in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, please come and visit us. You’ll be able to meet our visitors, have a 2 course lunch for a reasonable price and spend the afternoon in the company of others. We often have outside entertainers who bring song, dance and other activities into our well appointed Centre.If you are the carer of an older person and need a chance to have some time for yourself during the week, please come and meet our Centre Manager and staff who will be able to show you around and explain our activities. You’ll be able to decide whether the Centre is right for your family member.
WANT TO HELP?
If you would like to help us out, there are a number of ways to do this. You could volunteer in the Centre, assist in our Charity Shop, become a minibus driver, join us at our fundraising events, give your time in other ways or perhaps just donate. Learn More
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TREVOR’S SKY DIVE
At the age of 84 TREVOR JONES, a new Visitor to COATS will be doing a tandem SKYDIVE to raise funds for COATS.
Please support him and COATS by sponsoring him as he leaps from a plane at 13,000 feet over Oxfordshire on Sunday 17th May. https://www.gofundme.com/f/Trevors-skydive-for-COATS
COATS is a registered charity. Charity number 1152306.
In 2014 COATS was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which recognises the value of our volunteers to the Charity.