Dear CSFPG members,

While there is much hysteria in the media about COVID 19, as an Association supporting vulnerable people, we have no choice but to put in place, alongside our colleagues from other CSF Associations, a plan to deal with COVID 19.

I have consulted our CSF colleagues and, with Charlie Jarowski, who many of you will know is a consultant oncologist as well as being an Active Listener, have drawn up a plan. This has been sent to all CSFPG members and is available on request from the President or secretary

Pippa as Client Support Coordinator, has worked to ensure that we try to conduct full client support whilst ensuring the safety of both our Active Listeners and our clients. She and Sue will keep in regular contact with all ALs and will provide specific guidance on precautions and on individual clients. Questions on individual client support should, as always, be addressed to the Client Support Coordinator

In the immediate future, we have stopped Drop In days and, as no one knows how this is going to develop, we have, with regret, postponed the Quiz planned for the end of the month.

Potentially, if we must stop our fundraising events, we lose our income on which we rely. I will look, with Council, at ways we can compensate for this and will keep you posted.

I hope you understand what we must do and can work with our plans. If you have any thoughts or ideas, I would be delighted to hear them. The work we do is incredibly important, we have 50 clients who rely heavily on CSFPG. We will do our utmost not to let them down. Our Client Support team will be ensuring that all clients are contacted to explain exactly what we are doing and how it affects them. As Charlie has said, we need to be concerned but not scared. The CSFPG Council will keep events under close review and I will keep you informed as things develop.

Thank you in advance for your support in what is undoubtably going to be a difficult time

Best Wishes
Tim