Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-19

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15 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 Parity students boosted by face-to-face sessions A CHARITY that provides specialist services to people living with multiple disabiliti­es in Hampshire and Surrey has been able to re-open its vital face-to-face sessions for the first time since lockdown. Staff at Parity for Disability, based in Farnboroug­h, began welcoming back students to the charity’s Farnboroug­h, Camberley and Mytchett day centres on Monday August 3. Due to distancing restrictio­ns the re-opened day services currently accommodat­e 18 students across the three sites as opposed to the 42 they had before the coronaviru­s pandemic, but Parity staff are also running a garden service where they are able to carry out activities for students outside their homes. Made-to-order scrubs were donated to the charity via Scrub Hub and co-ordinated by Rebecca Salveson and Zoe Gosling, so staff members had the correct equipment for re-opening. Donations arrived from Scrub Hub’s Fleet branch and Lajna (Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Associatio­n Islamabad Region) from Camberley, Frimley and Reading. NHS Sew to Support donated bags that each hold a set of scrubs. Feltham Woolshop donated more scrub bags and vital ear savers to use with masks. Local grants through Hampshire councillor­s John Bennison and Adrian Collett helped with the Parity senior key worker Daisy West with student Sheena at the charity’s Farnboroug­h service Parity senior key worker Emily Blackwood with student Adam at the Farnboroug­h service Services manager Miranda Gray said: “It was wonderful to see the students back enjoying Parity life and all that comes with it, including the social and learning activities that they need. “I’m so impressed with the staff’s ability to adapt their work processes to include all the necessary safety precaution­s around Covid-19, ensuring the safety of students, themselves, their colleagues and families.” To learn more about Parity’s services, staff and students, visit www. parityford­ costs of equipment and necessary maintenanc­e at the day services. Volunteers Christophe­r Abbiss, Linda Anderson and Peter Woodall cleared garden areas and helped prepare the facilities for re-opening. Among the activities that have so far taken place, a lively quiz using a giant interactiv­e screen – donated to Parity just before lockdown by the People’s Postcode Trust – was held at the Mytchett service recently and four students were able to join in from home via technology. Outreach work by video, post and telephone has also continued. Parity volunteer Christophe­r Abbiss prepares the Farnboroug­h garden area for re-opening Pictured left to right in their scrubs are Camberley Day Service manager Darren Shergold; senior key worker Emily Blackwood; Mytchett Day Service manager Julie Cantillon; services manager Miranda Gray and senior key worker Amy Gooderham PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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