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Frontline Network - COVID-19 Update (March 16th 2020)

Frontline Network - COVID-19 Update (March 16th 2020)

Frontline Network - COVID-19 Update (March 16th 2020)

Monday, March 16, 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, we wanted to update you on our plans and give guidance to you as our partners and members.

Whilst the government guidance has not yet banned large gatherings and is only likely to ban large ones when they do, we think it important to take a pragmatic approach to our planned activities.

As such, we are sorry to announce that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Frontline Network Annual Conference on 24th June at Mary Ward House in London, and have suggested to our local partners that all local Network events for the next two months are cancelled (we will update this time-frame as national guidance and advice develops).

We are keen to ensure that services that are already stretched are not further impacted by staff needing to go into self-isolation following attendance at a Network event – if someone was to show symptoms for COVID-19. We are also conscious that services are already being impacted by staff capacity as people go into isolation and work from home.

Our next steps and developing a response:

  • Collate and collect intel on what the impact is on services / people experiencing homelessness

  • Look at our funding response and adapt as necessary and where possible

  • Work with partners to develop digital / alternative responses to supporting frontline workers at a local level

In terms of our operations, we hope to be able to maintain operations as close to normal as possible with all of us having the ability to work remotely. This includes our VRF operations. Any change to this situation or updates will be posted on both the Network and VRF websites.

We will soon be sending out a survey to get your feedback on how we can best support you and people experiencing homelessness at this time.

We will work with you over the coming weeks / months to establish the best way we can support you.

Best wishes,

The Frontline Network Team

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