• UPDATED: 12th September 2022
    The Government’s Plan B restrictions ended on 27th January 2022 and the removal of all
    remaining Covid restrictions ended back in February 2022.
    However, this does not mean that Covid-19 has gone away and there are still thousands of
    people with weakened immune systems who remain at a higher risk. It is now very difficult
    to judge who might be carrying the virus. It is important to consider those that have
    multiple and complex health needs and who may not have been able to have the
    vaccination, especially younger children with profound disabilities and/or terminal health
    conditions.
    As a Health and Wellbeing Setting, it is essential that, Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music
    Trust, (Sunbeams), continues to be vigilant to help protect those most vulnerable.
    Sunbeams has now returned to the delivery of Music for Life® and Music For Dignity® Music
    Therapy Projects in person at the Sunbeams Centre. (There are also Sunbeams Projects that
    remain online via Zoom as the platform of delivery). However, some Covid Procedures will
    remain in place at the Sunbeams Centre to ensure the health and safety of all staff,
    musicians, volunteers, visitors hiring the facilities, but most importantly, to help mitigate the
    risk of transmission to vulnerable beneficiaries who want to return to attending Sunbeams
    Community Music Therapy.
    Moving forward…
    Even if you are fully vaccinated with a booster/s, it is still possible to catch and spread Covid19. We need to learn to live with Covid-19 going forward and manage the risk to ourselves
    and others. We cannot predict the future but we can return to some level of normality and
    help those in need. There are measures we can continue to take to ensure those more
    vulnerable and at greater risk of illness, can feel safe leaving their homes again. We can
    help them with the actions we take and we can help to make them feel safer out in their
    communities.
    At Sunbeams, we will continue to monitor the Covid situation and carry out risk assessments
    for all of our Sunbeams Projects taking place here at the Centre and in Outreach Venues.
    In summary, we will continue to require all those that attend the Sunbeams Music Centre
    to:
     Wear masks and/or visors in communal areas, (unless exemption applies), these can
    be removed whilst eating, drinking and participating in the activity/purpose of your
    visit.
     Undertake Covid checks upon arrival: Temperature and Covid Vaccination status.
     Sanitise upon arrival and avoid unnecessary over touching of handles, surfaces etc.
    where possible.
     For participants of Sunbeams Projects: If attending Projects, please try to remain
    with your group where possible and keep a safe distance from others where you are
    able to. Please let us know if you are particularly concerned about your health so
    that we can put further provisions in place to support you to attend as safely as
    possible. Call our Project Manager: Liesl McViety on 01768 892909 or email:
    Liesl@sunbeamsmusic.org
    Sunbeams is fortunate to have a bespoke Centre that benefits greatly from being a
    ‘Breathable Building’. A breathable building is designed to be healthy for its occupants
    because it is:
     Vapour-permeable, meaning its materials allow for the buffering of excess water
    thereby allowing water vapour to be discharged.
     Designed to decrease the risk of respiratory ailments as a result of vapour discharge.
     Designed to enhance both the physical and mental health of its occupants.
    While no situation is risk free, all of us can play our part by understanding the situations
    where risks of COVID-19 infection and transmission are likely to be higher, and taking action
    to reduce these risks to protect ourselves and others around us.
    In providing reassurance of our safety measures, we conduct Risk Assessments for the
    delivery of Sunbeams Community Music Therapy Services in the Centre. For a copy of our
    full Covid-19 Procedures, Guidelines and Control Measures, please contact Sunbeams on 01768 892909.