Last week we managed to host a team day for all of Team Kenward, which was a fantastic day involving activities from Kenward Place, such as alpaca walks, archery and disc golf, and also workshops in our Therapeutic Gardens & Workshops.
Last week we managed to host a team day for all of Team Kenward, which was a fantastic day involving activities from Kenward Place, such as alpaca walks, archery and disc golf, and also workshops in our Therapeutic Gardens & Workshops. This was a hugely important day, bringing our staff team together for the first time since the pandemic.
The past year has been incredibly challenging for everyone, and Kenward Trust has not been exempt from this. Research found that over ⅕ (22%) of people in the UK (around 11.7 million people) were drinking more since lockdowns began. This was certainly reflected in the individuals we supported, with 70% of our residents having an alcohol-related addiction issue. We also felt a significant increase in individuals being referred to our services, with us providing our life-changing support to 39% more individuals this year than last. The nature of drug and alcohol addiction means that at the point where residents access our services they will have a high chance of their physical health being impacted on, as well as their mental health. Therefore, the vast majority of our residents are at high risk of COVID-19.
We are incredibly proud to say that we managed to keep COVID-19 off of our site at Yalding, and kept our residents safe throughout all of the lockdowns. The way that we managed to cope so well during the pandemic is down to our fantastic staff team. We created an isolation block in one of our buildings to allow us to continue taking referrals, restricted access to our site to only essential staff, and began rigorous testing.
Therefore, this staff day worked to bring the team together for a day of fun, recognising the particular challenges of the past year, and giving them a chance to let their hair down. You can watch a short video of the day below:
If you would like to join our staff team and help us continue transforming the lives of those affected by addiction, homelessness, and crime, you can find out more about how you can get involved here.