Changing the way we work to further protect staff and families

PPE at Acorns

Our hospices might look a little different right now, but they’re still full of the same love and warmth that make our families feel safe and at home.

As the nation continues to adapt to new ways of living and working amid the coronavirus crisis, Acorns has acted quickly to introduce additional safety measures for the protection of our staff and the children and families using our hospices.

While our hospices still have the same welcoming smiles and the same warm atmosphere, the new measures will help reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19. 

Following strict Government guidelines, our care teams are using personal protective equipment, including disposable masks, gowns, gloves and aprons. 

Under normal circumstances care teams would dress like any other member of the family to ensure our hospices don’t have the same clinical feeling of many hospital wards. But staff are now wearing uniforms during the pandemic which can be washed at higher temperatures, further reducing the risk of infection.

And of course we’re all adhering to the Government’s advice on social distancing, with staff remaining two metres apart unless they are delivering direct care.

Our dining tables might not be as full, but mealtimes are still a buzz of laughter and chatter.

These measures are necessary for the safety of both staff and families as we continue to care for some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our community.

But rest assured, all the things that truly make Acorns a home from home are very much the same.  

Hospice nurses in new uniforms

Together we are stronger and together we are fighting Coronavirus

We need you, now more than ever, to support Acorns as we stand together with our local communities in the fight against coronavirus.

Whilst we must all stay safe at home where possible, there are so many ways that you can still get involved, including:

Boredom Busters

Staying at home doesn’t have to be dull! Check out our family activity pack.

Give a donation

Help fund vital emergency and end of life care across our three hospices.

Set up a regular gift

Setting up a regular donation will help us continue caring throughout this uncertain time.

Boredom Beats

We’re making the best Spotify playlist – and YOU choose the songs!

Virtual events

Up for a challenge? Take part in an event from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual bucket collection

Whilst we can’t be out doing bucket collections, hold a virtual collection instead!