As the current crisis emerged, Delamere Charitable Trust reacted quickly and constructively, initially by postponing its celebration of the centenary of Delamere Forest School which was to have been held on Monday 4th May in partnership with Manchester Jewish Museum and Manchester Jewish Archives. See previous news posts for details.
The charity works entirely through volunteers and continues to operate safely and responsibly using remote communications. We have contacted our partner organisations to check how they are being affected. Some of our service provider partners have been able to continue servicing the vulnerable children we are funding them to help, albeit in different ways. Others have reluctantly had to suspend activities. In turn, we have reassured them all that we shall honour our funding promises to them, adapting pragmatically to their circumstances where needed.
In partnership with other local Jewish SEND charities, we had planned a major appeal in connection with World Autism Awareness Week (30th March to 5th April 2020) but this unfortunately fell victim to the current restrictions. Our plan to ramp up our fundraising from the Manchester Jewish community have also been stopped in its tracks. Our Chair, Malcolm Joels writes “While we can and shall get through this crisis, it is inevitable that our ability to maintain our support for Jewish SEND children in the years to come will suffer some damage. If community members are able to help by using our website to make special donations at this time, that would be immensely helpful.”