We are continually monitoring the current Covid-19 situation in Jersey and taking steps to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. We realise this may be an unsettling and worrying time for you, but rest assured our staff are still here to support you. We are conducting all our administration from home as the Government has requested but that will not prevent us from continuing to offer you a quality service.
Keep up to date with our current activities and changes to our Service here.
Acorn Training & Development
The Acorn Training and Development Service is delighted to announce that we have recently re-opened sessions at Acorn!
We have re-started our outdoor projects e.g. Allotment and Maintenance sessions and some of our indoor projects e.g. wooden gifts, upcycling, greenhouse and repurpose sessions. We currently have restricted client numbers for our projects, due to adhering government guidelines.
Hopefully in June we plan to re-start our textiles, Jewellery and Reuse sessions, providing the government restrictions are lifted in regards to social distancing. We will monitor this situation closely.
We are delighted to announce that Louise Evans has joined us recently as a tutor for some of our creative projects. Louise brings with her a huge range of skills and experience and we are delighted that she has joined the team!
New Client Training Opportunities
As well as running our current client projects: Upcycling, Wooden gifts, Repurpose, Allotment, Maintenance, Greenhouse, Textiles, Reuse and Jewellery, the Woodshack have recently started some new exciting client opportunities: Pine furniture restoration and Wooden products construction.
We continue to offer work experience opportunities whenever possible, within the Acorn business units which are Greenhouse, Reuse and Woodshack.
If you are interested in any of the opportunities at Acorn mentioned above, please discuss further with your Coordinator.
Our Employment Coordinators have all returned to the office and are available to meet by appointment, or can be contacted by telephone or email.
In person meetings are taking place by appointment only between 8:00am and 4:30pm, at either our Oakfield Building or Kensington Chambers job club.
As usual, you don’t have to wait to be contacted, we are always happy to hear from you, so if you want to discuss something please give your coordinator a call or contact them via email.
Client Meetings and Job Club
Our Kensington Job Club and Oakfield Building are open, by appointment only between 8:00am and 4:30pm. You can be assured that we have plenty of measures in place to help keep you and our staff safe following Government advice and guidance.
Both venues have been set up to enable 2 metre distancing at all times. To ensure we are able to maintain appropriate distancing and minimise contact between people, we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment - you may be asked to wait outside if you arrive early. We will endeavour to finish meetings on time in order that we can clean, sanitise and ventilate an area before our next client meeting.
For your safety and ours, we will be wearing face masks or visors during all our client meetings and request that you do the same, we can provide disposable masks as you enter the building. If you are exempt from wearing a mask or feel that wearing a face covering would cause you distress or impact a health condition, please inform your Employment Coordinator prior to your meeting. We also have hand sanitiser and wipes in all of our offices, and clean all surfaces after each meeting for everyone’s safety. We maintain strict social distancing at all times when you visit.
You must not attend a meeting if you or any member of your household have any symptoms of Coronavirus, if you are isolating or have been contacted by the Track & Trace team and told to isolate pending a test. If you are contacted by Track & Trace shortly after attending a meeting and told to self-isolate or you or any member of your household test positive, we request that you inform us immediately so we can determine what steps we have to take, to ensure the safety of our other clients and staff.
To book a meeting or discuss whether it is appropriate for you to attend a scheduled meeting, please contact your Employment Coordinator.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information
We appreciate that Jersey's Covid-19 guidelines are updated on a regular basis and it can be hard to keep up to date with all of the changes. Click on the logo below for a link to the latest Government advice, otherwise if you have any questions or concerns please speak to you Coordinator who will help direct you towards the relevant information.
The Government have produced some easy-to-read information pages to help explain about wearing a mask, being exempt from wearing a mask and what to do if you have to self-isolate. To find out more, click on the links below:
Wearing a Mask
High and Low Risk Activities
August 2021 Covid Guidance Updates
About the Covid-19 Vaccine
Changes to Reconnection Roadmap June 2021
For clients who feel vulnerable at the shops due to people not giving them enough space, especially during COVID times, we have some "Give me Space" lanyards that you can wear.
If you would like to find out more, please speak to your Coordinator.
We understand that Coronavirus is having an impact on different areas of peoples lives. Click HERE the Support Services page of our website, which has links to a wide variety of service that include help with mental health, housing, finances, alcohol and drugs and much more.
The Government of Jersey's 'Connect Me' page has a wealth of information, help and support for Islanders during the pandemic. To find out more, click on the icon below:
The Mental Health Network have produced a helpful guide with information, advice and support on all aspects of mental health and wellbeing. You can download the guide by clicking on the link below:
Mental Health Network Guide
If you are in mental health crisis and need urgent support, contact your GP or Emergency Department at the General Hospital. In an emergency you can contact the Police or Ambulance Service on 999 or 112 to get help.
If you are worried about someone else you should tell someone. You can speak to one of the above services for advice and guidance, or contact 999 or 112 in an emergency.