We realise that this is a time of uncertainty for everyone and want to assure you that we have the welfare of service users, staff, volunteers and community members, as a priority at this very challenging time.

What follows are the current arrangements for the different areas of our organisation, based on the latest government advice and our assessment of the risks involved in each service area. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Accommodation

All housing projects remain open and we hope to continue to serve and support our residents and service users during this time. We regularly clean and sanitise our premises, and procedures are in place for those visiting our sites. Comprehensive plans are in place to support staff and service users, and these a regularly reviewed in line with the government’s advice and guidelines, including social distancing.

Our network of Supported Lodgings continues to thrive during this period, thanks to our team of outstanding volunteer Hosts families, who despite the requirements to socially isolate are opening to their doors to young people in emergency housing need.

Normal referral processes are in place and applications for housing can still be made.

Nurseries

From the week beginning 1 June, our early years settings have welcomed back all children.  For the vast majority of children and young people, coronavirus is a mild illness. Some categories of children with specific serious health conditions should not attend their early years setting. If you are unsure whether your child should attend the setting due to a health condition that they or someone they live with has, please contact us so we can discuss the details with you.

Protective measures we are taking in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)
First and foremost, it goes without saying that the safety of your child and of our staff is our top priority. We are working hard, following the latest government guidance, to develop and implement a number of new ways of operating. This will allow us to open as safely as possible, focusing on measures that will help limit the risk of coronavirus transmitting within our setting.

Some of the steps we have taken in readiness for reopening include:

  • Asking that anyone who is displaying coronavirus symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, not to attend the setting. That includes children and staff who work here.
  • Keeping our children in small groups with as much consistent staffing as possible, and minimising contact with other groups around the setting.
  • Washing our hands more often than usual. We have developed routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands.
  • Ensuring our children understand good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach, and ensuring a good supply of tissues and bins throughout the setting.
  • Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly and throughout the day, including table tops, door handles and play equipment.
  • Asking parents and carers to physically distance from each other and from staff when dropping off and collecting their children, and to limit drop off and collection to one parent or carer per household.
  • Asking children not to bring toys or other items from home to the setting, unless this is essential to their health and wellbeing.]
  • We are asking all parents to read, and sign our new parent agreement, which sets out responsibilities for supporting us to maintain a safe environment during these times.

Please contact your Nursery Manager who will be your point of contact to discuss these measures further. We look forwards to seeing you all soon.

Conferencing

Our conferencing and hire facilities based at Carters Green (Western Gateway), West Bromwich and at the Small Street Centre,  Walsall are now available for hire.

Meet with Confidence – Plan & book your future group, meeting or event with flexible options.

Our customers can expect to see newly implemented COVID-19 secure premises which include:

Overall Key Enhancements
• Added cleaning and disinfecting frequency
• Minimized guest touchpoints through operational changes
• Visible sanitizer stations in public and colleague spaces
• Protective Equipment guidance for staff
• Social distancing protocols and visual cues

Meetings & Events
• Room set up and configured to allow for social distancing
• Mealtimes staggered to avoid congestion (at applicable site)
• Tables, chairs wiped down during breaks in meetings
• Strict food handling and service guidelines in effect (at applicable site)
• Sanitizer available throughout space
• Recommend use of personal smart devices and tablets for taking notes

YMCA Coffee Shop

The coffee shop located in Carters Green, West Bromwich is closed until further notice.

We will continue to provide regular updates on our service(s) as and when received, via our social media channels.

YGym

Good News! YGYM (Carters Green, West Bromwich) is now open!

Our priority is to ensure the centre is set up ready for the safe return of our staff and customers. Here is all the information you need to know.

Small Street Centre

Following current Government Guideline our Small Street Centre is closed until further notice for the delivery of all community projects and room hire. Our tenants can still access their offices, where essentially required, by phoning Louise Kumar on 07935504423. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused, and we hope to continue to put the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff at the forefront of our business.

We will continue to provide regular updates on our service as and when received, via our social media channels:

Glebe Centre, Walsall

Following Government Guidelines, The Glebe Centre remains closed to clients until further notice. However, in the meantime we continue to support our clients and individuals remotely to ensure they are receiving the correct support in these challenging times.

We are also working alongside other community groups to deliver resources and services across Walsall to those individuals most impacted by the Covid-19 situation.

If you require support and would like to speak to a member of the Glebe Centre team, please call 01922 625687 or e-mail info@ymcabc.org.uk

Mentoring Projects (BBO-Family Matters, Talent Match, I Trust)

YMCA mentors across a range of projects continue to take on new referrals and are working on creative ways to keep vulnerable clients engaged; including video links, podcasts, zoom group calls and befriending phone calls.

YMCA Headstart

While many of our buildings have shut and face-to-face delivery can no longer take place due to current Government guidelines, the YMCA Headstart team are delivering online activities for young people and their families, continuing to support the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children across Wolverhampton. Activities are structured throughout the week with a whole host of additional online activities taking place each day.

Come and join us, the team will be on hand to support and deliver fun engaging activities for all.

You can follow on:

Instagram @ymcabc_headstart

Facebook YMCABC_Headstart

Walsall Healthy Weight Management

The YMCA Community Navigator Team continue support Walsall Public Health and local Communities. Daily signposting is being promoted online, allowing local individuals and families to access support near to them. Welfare calls are being made to local families ensuring they are aware of the support they can access and/or arranging any support needed.