Weather Warning – Tuesday 10 August 2022
Travel to and from services
Where people are travelling to any from any of our services, either on public transport or our own buses it is likely that these vehicles will not have air-conditioning, and therefore may be extremely hot, especially in the afternoon.
The following measures will be in place to keep people cool when travelling home:
- We will ensure that we give people water for their journey home but would ask that people also bring water bottles with them.
- We will help people to fill a reusable bottle or provide them with bottled water
- We will advise people to wear hats, if in the sun whilst travelling and to apply their own sun creams appropriately if required
Currently all our transport providers are intending to operate a normal service. However, this may be subject to change should the weather prove to be even hotter than is anticipated. If this is the case, we will inform people as soon as possible.
Community Choices, Vocational Projects, and Flexi-Choices
While we will not be closing services the hot weather will impact on our programme particularly where activities are planned to be outside or are high energy (e.g., Gym) with no air conditioning.
Some of the spaces we use can get quite hot. Therefore, if someone is particularly vulnerable from the heat, people may wish to consider staying at home if that would present less risk.
We have put the following measures in place to support keeping cool in Community Hubs:
- Cooling equipment – fans will be used, and where possible, air-conditioning units to help regulate room temperatures
- Temperature records will be kept for each room
- Water cooler, juice, squash, frozen lollies and yoghurts will be provided throughout the day
- Curtains will be drawn in rooms when necessary
- Cold compresses can be provided where required to help keep cool
- Activities will be adapted so that people can reserve energy and take part in cooler parts for internal activities and or in shaded external areas, e.g., arts, sensory, water-based activity
- We will be encouraging people to wear hats, people bring their own sun creams, and we will support to apply appropriately, if required
If you have any questions, please contact 01483 806806.
Short Breaks and Shared Lives
Short Breaks and Shared Lives will remain open and will ensure that heat health guidance is followed including:
- Ensuring that rooms are ventilated with fans
- Ensuring that people have access to plenty of fluids.
Should people have concerns about staying over the weekend and early part of next week due to the heat, then they should contact the service so we can explore potential options for mitigating any weather-related risks.
You can contact Short Breaks by calling 01483 806 720
You can contact Shared Lives by calling 01483 806 522
While we will continue to provide employment support there may be some limited impact if employers adjust their working patterns. Therefore, individuals and their family/Carers may wish to contact the team for advice by calling: 01483 806806.
For more information on how to keep safe in the heat, take a look at the posters below.
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