Playskill and Covid-19

On the approach to our 14th Anniversary we are living in times of unprecedented challenge for us all due to COVID19. Our families are having to face the worry of the vulnerability of their children and maybe other family members too. On top of this all their NHS appointments have stopped from Paediatricians, NHS Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Orthotics etc, then the support from education via part time placements, and advisory teachers and getting on the process for an EHCP Education Health Care Plan which stipulates the special requirements they have in an educational setting. All social care support or respite that might be offered has stopped.

6 months without input is an extraordinarily long time in a child’s life and as we are passionate about Early Intervention this just feels totally unacceptable. So we are not going to disappear, instead we are creating a specific COVID19 model of Playskill intervention that CAN be delivered!! This consists of the following;

  • Assessment and advice via zoom video sessions ongoing through the summer term from our team of therapists across all three disciplines to families in order for them to continue the progress of the children who have been attending group sessions
  • Phone contact with our most vulnerable families with one of our dedicated Parent Support Workers
  • A flexible and tailored framework of  Speech and Language therapy sessions delivered remotely via our private Facebook page
  • Virtual parent evening training delivered straight into their homes
  • ‘Open chat’ sessions live streamed with our Parent Support team

We will be in touch with all our current families and those on the waiting list to help from April 20th.

Our fundraising has hugely been impacted so we would love people to help with sharing about our work through WearitShareitRed events for Playskill.

Thank you SO much


Trustees Update

Our Trustee’s give direction that Playskill will continue to treat and support our Children and will find new ways to deliver these services remotely. This is the first bulletin from the Trustees setting out the approach. Read it here

Chairman Stuart Soloway says 

As you can hear and read on this website Andrea, Helen and Karen together with all the team have made huge progress since our first update to develop the new approach which will take Playskill and all of you through this COVID 19 crisis.”

We were delighted to receive this message from Peter Taylor, Mayor of Watford in support of our work at this time.

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