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 Reuse shop and the Acorn Café have recently re-opened. Both the shop and café continue to follow strict Government guidelines, with mask wearing, 2 metre distancing and one way systems all in place.
The Acorn Training and Development service, although not fully open yet, is now able to offer small group opportunities on our Allotment and Maintenance sessions, with restricted numbers and health and safety guidelines in place.
We are still currently able to offer the following weekly client opportunities:
You can still get involved in creating some fantastic Wooden Gifts from the comfort of your own home, as this project is continuing to run online three times a week.
You will need access to Zoom to be able to join these sessions but we can easily help you set this up.
Socially Distanced Walks
If you enjoy being out in the fresh air and meeting up with other people, then you could join one of our many socially distanced group walks that take place throughout the week.
Our walks start at various locations across the island and are a great opportunity for you to meet up with others in a safe, social environment whilst getting some fresh air and exercise!
All walks are led by our team at Acorn- to find out more or to sign up and join a walk, please speak to your Coordinator.
Video Group Calls
We continue to offer two group Zoom calls each week to keep everyone connected and have some fun. We catch up with each other and play various games or quizzes and have even tried some virtual singing sessions with the fabulous Dean!
If you would like to find out more, please get in touch 😊
Our Employment Coordinators are currently doing all their administration and calls from home, and are available during normal working hours by phone, email or video call to help support you.
In person meetings are taking place by appointment only. We will be contacting you on a regular basis to offer support and guidance or to help signpost you to any other relevant services.
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 message them online via email.
Client Meetings and Job Club
Our Kensington Job Club and Oakfield Building are open, by appointment only. 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
April 2021 Covid Guidance Updates
About the Covid-19 Vaccine
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.