We feel hopeful that life is beginning to return to (a new) normal in respect of COVID-19, which we’re feeling positive about. However, whilst restrictions are being lifted, recognise that the threat posed by COVID-19 is still present and as such we are taking a common sense and cautious approach to resuming face-to-face work with clients.
If you are visiting the Compass Centre, you can expect to see some precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and service users:
- Access to hand-washing, gel stations and tissues for anyone accessing the building.
- Observing social distancing whenever possible.
- Wiping down/cleaning surfaces between clients.
- Staff are self-testing twice a week.
Face coverings – we understand that face coverings can sometimes feel uncomfortable and can make communication challenging. While the government restrictions allow, we are happy to work with or without face coverings; just let us know how you would feel most comfortable.
If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, or if you are asked to self-isolate, then please let us know and we can arrange a call or video call instead of a face-to-face visit.
You May Be Staying At Home, But You Are Not Alone
We know that this is a difficult time for folk, particularly for survivors of sexual violence, including young survivors.
However far we've come, rape and sexual violence are still issues that many people find hard to talk about.
Sexual violence is prevalent in communities right across Shetland but most of it takes place behind closed doors, so sometimes people assume it's not happening.
Most people who experience sexual violence are assaulted by someone known to them, often within their own family or by
their own partner/spouse. This means that some people in Shetland, including children and young people, are currently stuck at home with their perpetrators for a prolonged and indefinite time. This is - for many people - a truly terrible and potentially dangerous time.
Even for survivors whose immediate home situation is safe, not being able to use ordinary coping mechanisms, comforts and/or distractions such as spending time with friends and family, working alongside others or the gym means that people are struggling with their mental health.
We wanted to make this resource for you, so you know that we're thinking of you; so you know where and how you can get help if you need it; and to share some ideas on how to look after your own health and well-being during lockdown.
We have a resource developed by BEE, our youth activist volunteer group for young people who may be isolated due to COVID-19. Find out more about BEE and what we do here.