COVID-19 Update

How the YES Project plans to move forward during the Covid-19 outbreak.

This page is updated on a regular basis. Last updated 28/09/2020.

In light of the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across various parts of the world, recent UK Government announcements, the YES Project is taking all possible steps to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, participants, service users and our local communities.

At the start of the outbreak, we anticipated our service delivery would change, and as such, we made the decision to stop taking referrals. We are now at a point where we, alongside our delivery partners, feel confident with our new way of working and the quality of our service delivery; so much so, we are happy to start taking on new referrals from our stakeholders. We do anticipate a wait time of approximately six weeks, but we will work hard to ensure this process is as fast as possible, so we can sign up participants as quickly as we can.

We have been supporting our participants remotely, either online or via telephone. We have been looking at ways in which we can slowly introduce face-to-face meetings, but this will always be in accordance with Government guidance. We will not compromise our staff, participants, and communities safety.

All of our delivery partners are actively supporting participants and their service delivery details can be found below.

We will review the situation on a regular basis and update on our plans for the future. Please email us on info@yesproject.org if you have any queries or questions.

The below outlines any updates to service delivery for our participants.

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, our service delivery has been affected. However, we, alongside our delivery partners, are doing everything we reasonably can to ensure that our participants still receive support where possible.

BYCS:

BYCS continue to offer careers and employability support. New functional skills courses are expected to commence soon.

The Bridge:

The Bridge continue to provide support for a range of issues especially around sleep, routine and diet, well-being and mental health.

Highfields Community Association:

The YES Media programme is currently being delivered in the Highfields Centre, but is following all Government guidance to ensure a COVID safe area. The programme is also operating at a lower capacity.

Leicestershire Cares:

Leicestershire Cares are offering virtual employability workshops amongst other things; virtual support with CVs, cover letters and other employability documents is also available. Participants can access sessions such as cooking and dance classes, virtual workplace tours, virtual mock interviews, online workshops and other exciting things.

The Prince’s Trust:

The Prince’s Trust are offering various courses to participants virtually, including their popular Get Into’s and Get Started’s.

Soft Touch Arts:

Soft Touch Arts are holding virtual creative sessions for participants and now offer Doorstep Arts; art packs that can be delivered direct to participants.

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire:

The VAL office is now reopen to staff should they wish to go into the office. However, keyworkers are still providing remote support to participants.