Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Face Masks support for VCS

An initiative in terms of urgency is our way of supporting key workers through making face masks. The aim is to support those without face masks by making face masks items that they really need. As we know there are thousands of brave individuals who are at risk every day because they cannot access the protective clothing they require. We are aiming to do our bit by making these items and getting them distributed locally to support the amazing work these individuals are doing to support us. Scrubs are being made by thousands now across the country. We are initially focused on those working in care-home staff, homeless shelters and initially on, masks and headbands. We initially focus on those working in the community of Newham.

We have free face mask for key workers and those working in the voluntary sector during this time. If you believe you qualify, submit your request here for bulk order. Minimum collection is 3.

Order Masks

Looking for scrubs, we’re happy to help. Please complete this quick order form. This will ensure we have all the information we need, and a member of our team will get back to you with details on your order.

On this form you will be asked for colour and size information for your order

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A member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible. To contribute towards material and delivery costs, please go to our Donate page page here: http://caramelrock.com/donate-now/ Thank you.

Want to help out?

We have a huge team of volunteers with massive hearts covering Newham and the surrounding areas and are now operating on a waiting list for seamstresses/seamsters which you can join here.

Caramel Rock- Can you help?

We are looking for a group of volunteers from East London who can help use make Facemasks for key workers and the voluntary sector staff in and around the Newham area. We will prioritise those with overlockers and sewing machines, however we have a team of people who are using their talents and expertise to help us in other areas. Please list any additional skills below.

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While you wait for our team to get in touch, do support our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook page,

Whilst we remain closed, staff are working from home and post is being picked up and dealt with as usual. Our services are continuing to run, with many shifting to digital delivery. During these challenging times, our staff are going above and beyond to deliver vital services to the people who need them most.

Guidance on coronavirus testing for essential workers who are self-isolating:

Testing is now available to essential workers with symptoms and people who live with essential workers and have symptoms. Essential workers at Caramel Rock are those that are working directly with our service users including prison staff, social workers, teachers and other school staff. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, speak with your line manager. From today, staff who meet the criteria will be able to book a test directly at https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/. Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing. Essential workers will be able to select either a regional test site drive-through appointment or a home test kit.

Here’s a video explaining the process for drive-through testing: https://youtu.be/JVB6TC49ss

The Department for Education has updated its guidance on provision for children and young people during this period:

This guidance covers children:

  • supported by the child social care system
  • with education, health and care (EHC) plans
  • in alternative provision (AP) setting

Staff are being advised to work from home where possible and a skeletal staff structure will be in place to deliver essential services.