For many years, The Door’s strapline has been Unlocking Potential and Opening Opportunity. During lockdown while this is predominantly with our service users in mind, it has also been very much the focus of our staff team’s attention. Especially as we now look forward to ‘unlocking’ more of The Door’s potential to deliver our services in our ‘new normal’.
Since day one, the team have been working tirelessly across the entire charity to ensure a seamless transition of support and services. Our youthwork delivery via social media, has continued to engage young people; helping them to continue to have a safe place and sense of belonging even when stuck in their homes. Also our intensive support service for young people and parents, who have been challenged in so many ways since the restrictions were introduced, has seen a steady increase in demand. And not to forget all the incredible back office work that so easily is forgotten. Anne our administrator, for one, has been doing outstanding work keeping the team furnished with the necessary support to deliver a whole new range of services in this strange new world.
So as we start to emerge blinking into the sunlight of face to face delivery, “The Door Outdoors’ if you will, the team has been working hard, planning every detail to make sure that all the sessions can be done safely, yet still keeping a hold of the ‘relaxed’ feel our service users expect and need.
As the old saying goes “fail to plan and you plan to fail”. This has certainly been the case for the team; with risk assessments, zoom meetings and hand sanitizer orders galore, all culminating in the launch of our unique summer programme of outdoor sessions and indoor study spaces as well as a pilot of indoor sessions and the continuation of our detached on the streets work.
We are all so excited to be able to start meeting young people and parents face to face again and to see the fruits of our labours as we continue to open opportunities for families across the district.