Hello,  

It is with the consideration of everyone at the heart of what SiMBA as a charity does and stands for that we are reaching out to you. In this statement we would like to reassure you regarding Covid, that we are consistently following the government advice and with that in mind, we have an ongoing plan in place, which is regularly reviewed, that will allow the work of our charity and the support we offer to continue as best as we can throughout this uncertain time.  

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, parents, volunteers, health care professionals, fundraisers and families is of the utmost importance to us, therefore we will be limiting all non-essential contact in order to support the government guidance and reduce any risk across our SiMBA community. As a result, the following activities continue to be on hold:  

  • All face to face monthly community support groups  

  • Craft groups  

The following activities are currently limited and under constant review:  

  • Volunteering activities (that involve contact with others)  

  • Visits to the SiMBA offices – only to drop off knitting and crochet items at a drop off point in our reception area on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

  • Training with healthcare support staff ~ currently under review to see if this can be achieved virtually. 

We remain committed to offering support during this time with our Facebook support groups still available and our twice weekly ‘Safe Space’ virtual groups.   

We have also made the very difficult decision to suspend our Butterfly releases again for 2021 as these events require organisation to start early in the year and with so much uncertainty and changing circumstances, we felt that this was the best approach. We do however understand the importance of our Butterfly Releases to the SiMBA community, and we will review this decision again if things settle. If safe to do so, we may look to hold some releases later in the year. Knowing the importance of these events we held our first Virtual Butterfly Release on Saturday 19th June which can be watched on our You Tube Channel. 

The provision of SiMBA Memory Boxes across the UK and Ireland will continue as this is such a fundamental part of our charity’s work. Our dedicated team and with minimum volunteers, will continue to safely supply Memory Boxes to hospitals and hospices throughout this period. If you are a healthcare professional and require a supply of boxes, please order them online or contact Zoey Linton.  

We will be operating ‘business as usual’ as best as we can. Staff will be working more flexible hours through home and office working so that we can support our team’s personal circumstances. SiMBA telephone numbers and emails are still accessible, and we continue to receive postal mail during this time.  

We remain committed to supporting our amazing fundraisers with their plans - without you, we would not be here. Understandably, though, some events are being rescheduled, postponed, or cancelled, in order to prevent spread of the virus. The situation is frequently changing, so we encourage all our fundraisers to check our Fundraising Events page for updates on organised events, and if you have any fundraising queries, you can email fundraising@simbacharity.org.uk or, for a new fundraising event, fill in our online form.   

As a valued member of our SiMBA family, we appreciate the trust you place in our charity and our team. Although we still do not know how long we must operate in this way, we will provide you with updates to keep you informed of any changes to our services. We strive to provide alternative service offerings so that our community continues to feel supported and connected.  

We thank everyone for your understanding and appreciate everything you continue to do to support our charity. For the most up to date information on SiMBA and any of our services, including fundraising, support, our Trees of Tranquillity, and volunteer knitting, please keep an eye on our website and our social media through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn 

We will aim to keep you informed with regular communication on how we are adapting our services throughout this time.  

With warmest regards,  

Sara Fitzsimmons MBE, MBA, RM  

Chief Executive, SiMBA  

 

Updated 23rd June 2021