In response to the impact of Covid-19 Living Paintings is putting the welfare of its beneficiaries, volunteers and staff first and following the UK Government’s advice.
Our free library of Touch to See books for blind and partially sighted people is more crucial than ever during these challenging and unprecedented times. We have made some changes to our operations to enable us to continue our usual service without our volunteers and staff being in the office. Our aim is not only maintain the service we already provide, but also to increase the support we give to our older and particularly vulnerable library members and volunteers. We are:
- Contacting schools to ensure that their students continue to have access to our books during school closures.
- Stepping up our communications to ensure that as many blind and partially sighted people as possible are able to benefit from using our resources.
- Working with our Touch to See Book Clubs who are not able to meet in person at present, to ensure that Club members still have access to our books at their homes.
- Looking into how we can offer further support to older and vulnerable library members and Book Club members, for example easing isolation by keeping in touch over the phone, and providing online opportunities to engage.
- Supporting our volunteers to be able to continue volunteering from home if they would like to, and to ensure that they have the support that they need. Many of our volunteers are older people themselves who benefit from the social interaction and sense of purpose volunteering provides.
- Supporting and equipping our staff team to be able to work from home.
Addressing the challenges will be difficult, particularly as our usual fundraising has also been impacted with the cancellation of fundraising events, but we are absolutely committed to being there for the thousands of blind and partially sighted people who we support.