Durham Tees Valley CRC Participants Continuing to Support COVID-19 Response
Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) have involved their Community Payback participants in an effort to aid the community response to COVID-19. They have worked together making 1650 masks, 400 scrub bags and 1500 ear savers to support the James Cook University Hospital health workers through the pandemic.Community Payback is a sentence created by the courts with each sentence varying between 40 and 300 hours of Unpaid Work. Participants of the scheme will work for a minimum of 7 hours per week in order to finish the requirement within a 12 month period. As well as working towards bettering the community, this work often helps participantsto develop both practical and social skills to aid their rehabilitation and progression into further education, training or employment.
Following the outbreak of coronavirus in compliance with NHS and government guidelines, Durham Tees Valley CRC have adapted the programmes they offer to ensure whilst participants are still working to support the needs of the community by practical means they are able to complete their hours in a safe environment following the social distancing regulations. Allowing education, training and employment to remain at the heart of their work. Through the partnership formed with the education and training provider: Three13, Community Payback participants can choose to complete a sewing and textile skills ‘Project in a box’.Participants take part in a day of training and then complete their hours by putting their new skills to use.
To support the community response to COVID-19 they work machine-stitching scrub bags, face masks and hand crafting ear savers which are then donated to the Therapeutic Care Team at The James Cook University Hospital to be distributed across all wards and departments on site. The drawstring scrub bags created are able to hold a full set of work clothes allowing staff to place the bag straight into the washing machine upon returning from work without having to remove the possibly contaminated clothes. This creates a safe way to reduce cross-contamination through work uniforms giving added protection to the families of health workers.
“The staff here at the James Cook Hospital would like to thank your team for their hard work and dedication to the trust for all of the fantastic donations we have received over the last few months, of masks, kit bags and ear savers.These have been used right across the trust on all wards and departments and have been received with much appreciation and thanks.Keep up the hard work.” Shared Natalie Chaffer, Senior Therapeutic Support Lead.
Community Payback participants supporting North East Primary Schools in response to COVID-19
In addition to creating a large amount of PPE that has been donated to the staff at James Cook University Hospital, Durham Tees Valley CRC Community Payback participants have worked hard in their unpaid work to create PPE that has been donated to St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Easterside and St. Mary’s CE Primary School in Long Newton. Each school received 50 face masks, 50 kit bags and 50 ear savers to be used by both staff and pupils. Ms Saunderson-Darkes the Assistant head Teacher of St. Mary’s CE Primary School [pictured above] expressed great thanks for the donation Durham Tees Valley CRC made to the school and said “It will benefit the staff here greatly and is a fantastic way to give back to the community.”
Ferryhill Allotment Developments
We are currently working on two plots over at our allotments in Ferryhill. In the main plot we have put up a fence surrounding the plot to make the area secure, dug out a path to be used as a walkway and we have also put up a poly tunnel as a protected area for planting. Currently we have planted Maris Piper Potatoes, Charlotte Potatoes, Lettuce, Swede, Spring Onions and Courgettes.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions limiting the workload we can achieve, during the month of April we have managed to complete over 300 hours at Ferryhill allotments and are making good progress with developing the area.Although it is still a work in progress we have conducted a general tidy up of the plot to clear up any rubbish leaving it ready for us to continue with the hard work to improve the area. We have also made a start with strimming the land to clear the way for our future plans for the allotment.
Bear Park Project
This month we are commencing work on a brand new project in Durham called the Bear Park Project. In this project we are going to be covering four areas of Bear Park Colliery Woods. These areas include the play area, woodland and the public footpath. We will be edging around all of the paths in the play area to make them look more presentable. To further improve the area we will be cutting back all of the overgrown vegetation on the side of the woodland hopefully increasing footfall to the park.
One area we will be working on in particular is the public footpath that runs behind Bearpark Primary School. This footpath requires a lot of work so we will be cutting back all of the overgrown vegetation on the side of the footpath to clean up the area.