Coronavirus Updates


Regular updates on how we are tackling the Coronavirus at Orchard Vale Trust.

Our Residents

Find out what we are doing to keep safe and busy during this time

Our Staff

A quick and easy place to find guidance and procedures for staff

Our Community

Find out what we are doing with our communities during this time

Update: Visits Off and On Site

Dear Family and Friends,

We hope that you are all well. The residents continue to be well and they are getting the chance to enjoy the sunny weather as well as our HIVE sessions.

As you will be aware from the media coverage, the Government have now provided guidance for visits to residential care homes in England.  When the more general lockdown restrictions were relaxed in June, care homes were able to manage visits at a local level but residential care homes have now been advised to follow the Government guidance.

As a result of the guidance we have made some changes to the way in which our visits will now happen.

Latest Update

We have received a positive update regarding visits to St Chads. The Director of Public Health for Bath and North
East Somerset Council has confirmed visits to St Chads may now recommence. Please see our Chief Executive’s letter regarding this here.

Good news and helpful resources

Find all our Good News here and stay up to date with all the great activities everyone is doing.

You can also find some helpful resources for families and groups too!

Weekly News Digests

Keeping you up to date

We normally issue a monthly newsletter to tell everyone what we are up to.

However, during the current changes we are writing a weekly News Digest to keep you all in the loop of what we are doing and how we are staying safe.




Keeping us going!

Staying active and busy is a great way to stay positive during this time.

We are staying home and staying safe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.

Here you can download some of the resources we are using.

Please do send us pictures of you taking part!




Something for Parents, Families and Carers

We have attached a letter that explains Hospital Guidance clearly with regard to adults with learning disabilities. 



Guidance and Procedures

Find videos and government guidance on how to keep ourselves and our residents safe.

We will also be putting out a survey for all staff to complete in order to monitor the impact the coronavirus has had and to see how best we can support our staff during and after this time.

Safe Ways of Working

A visual guide on safe PPE

How to Wear Your Mask

An easy step by step on how to wear a mask, how to remove it and how to dispose of it.

Quick Guide to Donning PPE

A quick guide to donning and doffing PPE

Staff Survey: Impacts of COVID 19

We want to support our staff in every way we can.

Let us know how the pandemic has impacted you and what we can do to help.

Wellbeing Resources

Here are some resources to help with wellbeing during this time.

Please do get in touch if there is anything we can help with.

It’s amazing what we can do 

We are extremely lucky to have such a supportive community and it’s times like these that we truly realise how incredible they are.

You will find amazing stories, heart warming gestures and inspiring team work in this section.

Staying in Touch

Staying in touch with others is so important during this time. Here is a quick Easy Read guide to Whatsapp and how you could use it!

Easy Read: Whatsapp



Blue School Visors

Last week the Blue School donated a huge amount of visors to Orchard Vale Trust. The DT team at the school have been super busy and have even been trying out different colours for the head bands!

Thank you so much Blue School



Parents and Families

One of our most supportive communities are the parents and families of our residents, who have been particularly encouraging during these unsettling times.



Morale Boosting

Our staff do an incredible job of keeping our residents safe and entertained. So when a family member of one of our residents sent each staff member a huge box of delicious cakes and biscuits you can imagine the boost it gave us!

Thank you so much to the anonymous family – you can’t imagine the impact it has had!



Local Shops

We have been inundated with treats far and wide from the local shops that surround us. These treats go a long way and really brighten up people’s days!



The Cubs: penpals

The Cubs have been sending us letters, telling us what they have been up to. It is so exciting getting post, especially when we can write back and share ideas for activities!



Frequently Asked Questions




Who do I contact regarding being included on the mailing list?

Please email Lisa Schimetat to be added onto the mailing list.

How do I make a donation?

Thank you so much for considering making a donation to Orchard Vale Trust. To do this online please go to Virgin Money Giving.

Who do I contact if I need to call in sick?

Please contact Sarah Curnow for any staff queries

Where can I find more information on the Coronavirus Guidance?

Please contact Liz Page for any further details concerning the Coronavirus Guidance.