After a period of analysis and review of the current situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19), VOS trustees and management have taken the hard decision to temporarily suspend some of our normal activities, including our Drop-In events in Portsmouth (Royal Maritime Club) and the Isle of Wight (Riverside Centre).
On current plans, our Drop-Ins will not take place until at least Wednesday 6 th May (Portsmouth). This means that the IOW Drop-Ins planned for 18th March and 15th April are cancelled, as well as the Portsmouth Drop-In for 1st April. The closest to today being the Drop-In planned for this coming Wednesday in Newport, which is now cancelled. We will review the situation continuously and will keep you all informed as to when we will resume our normal service.
This does not mean that VOS is closed for business, just that we will be finding other ways of doing our business for a temporary period. Clinical activities will continue, and we will be working with our professionals to find the optimum way of delivering these.
Our non-clinical staff will also be available to assist our service users by telephone and online, and we will work with service users to get them the help they need from our own team and from delivery partners alike.
We do not take the decision to suspend Drop-In activity and change the way we do business lightly. We care deeply about all of those we support, but we do need to play our part in containing the spread of Coronavirus in these unprecedented and challenging times. We also need to care for our wonderful volunteers and delivery partners, some of whom themselves are in higher risk categories.
We will come through this and return to normal business as soon as possible. As with much of our society, please remember it is VOS business as usual, just done from unusual places and in different ways.
We are here for you, as always. Take good care of yourselves and your loved ones and don’t hesitate to contact us
by phone on 02392 731767 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you all when we get back to business in our normal way.
Veterans Outreach Support (VOS) provides monthly Drop-In meetings, weekly mental health therapies and weekly activity and coffee support groups for former members of the British Armed Forces and Reserves and their spouses and partners, including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy.
The VOS Drop-Ins are open on the first Wednesday of every month from 2pm to 6pm in the Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth, and on the third Wednesday of every month from 12pm to 4pm in the Riverside Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight.
The VOS Drop-Ins are welcoming and relaxed places providing social support and access to a range of welfare and mental health services.
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