Ely Centre COVID 19 Risk Prevention Measures

Dear Members


The Ely Centre founding text is “Let each look out not only for our own interests but also the interests of others” (Phil 2:4). During this time of national uncertainty and concern in relation to COVID 19, we want you all to know that we will support you as best we possibly can and we encourage you all to support each other through these trying times.


The Ely Centre has a duty of care to our staff, members and the wider public to ensure that we all play our part at this time in reducing the spread of coronavirus and we will be led by the information and advice from PHA NI and VSS.


In light of this we wished to provide our members with an update as to our current position as we know many of you have genuine concerns about Covid 19 but have also constant concerns relating to your own situation which may include your mental health/ welfare reform etc. and have arrangements for consultations/events that you are planning to attend over the coming weeks


Depending on emerging guidance and advice over the coming days and weeks it may be necessary for many of the Events/ Activities and Services that the Ely Centre provide to be either


  • Suspended
  • Amended
  • Postponed


Over the weekend the Ely Centre have been planning for contingencies which may need to be put in place to reflect Public Health Guidance.


Ely Centre Service Interim Update


Counselling If Public Health Advice ( PHA) means that face to face talking therapy sessions are not possible or recommended to ensure impact on you is minimised and this essential service can continue, we have made arrangements with our counsellors for talking therapies to be provided remotely ( Zoom/Telephone/ Skype/ Facetime) if this is required by the client. We have requested that all counsellors contact their clients over the coming days to discuss this new process.

Welfare Advice, similarly for those clients of our welfare advice, arrangements are being made for all welfare sessions to be provided remotely (telephone, skype etc)

Health and Well Being Support For clients engaging with our Health and Well Being Case Officers, all assessments/ follow up interviews will be provided remotely (telephone/ skype etc)

Complementary Therapy: We have spoken with our sessional therapist team who have informed us that until they are recommended to stop all sessions from their Regulatory Body and Insurance provider, therapy appointments will continue. As an organisation we do believe that in the coming days, due to the nature of this service, complementary therapies may be postponed. We recommend all members with appointments within the next few days and weeks to check with their individual’s therapist as their position may change in light of changing guidance.

Befriending Service: No further home/ hospital visitation at present befrienders will be continuing with telephone contact were possible.

March Events/ Activities Social Support postponed until further notice

  • Walking Club 23/3/2020
  • Models for Heroes Workshop & Belfast Excursion
  • Mens Activity Day Wednesday 18th March
  • Mens Activity Day Wednesday 25th March 16
  • Scarva Victims Support Information Morning
  • Pilates Class 24th March
  • Footcare Workshop 26th March 2020
  • Enniskillen District Hall Presentation 31st March
  • Drop Inn Support

Any Visitors to the Office (Essential Visits)

  • We expect that all visitors to the office upon entry will sanitise their hands in the dispensers provided before and after every visit/ similarly we expect those displaying symptoms or in a vulnerable group for their own health and well to avoid visiting the office during this time.
  • All rubbish from toilets and kitchen areas disposed daily

Social Isolated Support for the Over 70’s

If you have any concerns you wish to discuss with us we are happy to advise as to how you should proceed as long as we are available to do so.

The Ely Centre will continue to monitor the situation and will issue updates accordingly.