We have provided children with the most unforgettable respite breaks for 25 years. Thanks to our supporters, thousands of young carers have been able to embrace the Honeypot experience and make lifelong memories at our houses in the New Forest and Powys in Mid-Wales. We are committed to providing respite breaks for the next 25 years and beyond.
We’d love to share feedback on Honeypot’s Emergency Action Plan and the steps we are taking towards our Service Recovery Plan. We launched an Emergency Appeal in March to provide resources for young carers during the Covid-19 lockdown. With your help, we’ve been able to:
- Introduce The Hive, a section of our website where children enter competitions, share artwork, improve their baking skills, win prizes and feel connected with Honeypot staff and each other.
- Deliver online respite breaks for young carers. The children have been attending three-day online workshops in photography, music, dance and drama, which have provided them with much-needed respite from their caring responsibilities.
- Build a resource of engaging ‘play-to-learn’ materials, adventure books, and arts and craft packs for 2,000 young carers. We are very grateful to the individual donors and organisations who have gifted these wonderful resources.
- Continue to develop digital outreach platforms during Covid-19 and beyond. We are developing a remote information and signposting service to connect the children to the specialist services they need to address their individual challenges.
Honeypot’s Recovery Plan
We are now fundraising in advance of opening our houses in December 2020 to assure young carers that they will get the break they are waiting for. We will continue to review Government, Medical and Scientific advice to ensure that opening our respite Houses is in accordance with the most up to date information and recommendations. Our aim is to ensure that the risk of infection of Covid-19 at Honeypot’s houses is as low or lower than for school attendance or children out of school.
We are working to effectively manage the risk by:
- Commissioning a full assessment and audit of the health, safety and hygiene provisions at Honeypot by a professional, certificated Health and Safety Company.
- Closely following and implementing the UK Government’s guidelines, standards, and practices for safely recommencing residential respite breaks.
- Implementing rigorous processes and procedures for the Prevention, Detection, Treatment and Mitigation of the spread of the virus.
- Consulting widely with colleagues from other leading childcare organisations to ensure that Honeypot is both contributing to and complying with the latest best practice in infection control.
- Purchasing stock of Personal Protective Equipment for staff and children.
- Ending furlough for key groups of Honeypot’s operation staff.
- Implementing hygiene and washing procedures for everyone attending our houses.
- Accepting referrals from a wide range of referring organisations who are seeking support services for young carers.
Honeypot’s Covid-19 Emergency Action and Recovery Plan will ensure that we resume our much-loved residential breaks at the right time, following risk assessments and government guidelines. As always, we’d like to thank each of our lovely Honeypot Heroes for their ongoing support – we can’t wait to welcome young carers back with an unforgettable respite break!
Donate to the Emergency Action and Recovery Plan here.