Dear StreetGames Network Members,

We know that these are strange and challenging days for all of us working to support our communities.

We also know that you have probably had numerous communications pointing you towards the latest government guidance on the coronavirus but just in case you haven’t, you can find it here. That isn’t really what this email is about though.

We wanted to let you know that although the team at StreetGames are having to follow the guidance and change our working patterns to working from home, we will remain very much available to support you in any way we can. None of us can yet know what the coming weeks and months hold but there are a few things we are planning to do

·         Keep talking – we want to hear about the challenges as they emerge in your community and how you are offering support to local people as the situation develops. Talking itself helps in difficult times but we also want to understand about how communities respond when faced by adversity, so that we can spread the message about your great work and provide any support that we can in terms of advocacy, training or fundraising to bolster the support you are offering.

Please keep in touch with your Doorstep Sport Adviser or whoever your StreetGames contact is. Get in touch via info@streetgames.org, find a staff member here or by using #sporthelps on social media.

·         Gain assurances, where we can, from funders – where we have funding arrangements in place that supports activity you deliver we are seeking assurances from our funders. To date, most are being very supportive and we are discussing with them how we may be able to delay activity or deliver differently or over a longer time-frame. We will communicate with organisations individually about this on a case-by-case basis. Our aim is to ensure that as much of this funding remains in place as is possible.

·         Be collaborative and creative – We want to maintain our collaborative and creative approach in the way we work with you. For example, there may be ways we can work together to develop models of supporting young people to remain active whilst in isolation or to make Fit and Fed happen without bringing groups together as we usually would. We don’t yet know what the needs of our communities will be but let’s be ready to develop the solutions together as they emerge.

Most of all, we want to be helpful, let us know how we best do that.

Mark Lawrie, Acting CEO

 

For more information on what you can do to stay connected, please visit the new 'StreetGames Network Support' Facebook page.

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