This page was last updated 21 July 2021

Introduction

Following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions in England on 19 July 2021, RABI will continue to operate in compliance with government guidance to minimise the risks of transmission and infection to our staff and volunteers.

Covid-19 restrictions continue to remain in force across Wales with the next government roadmap review scheduled for 7 August 2021.

This guidance is reviewed and updated shortly after each of the government roadmap updates. The next government update is currently scheduled for 7 August 2021 (Wales).

As far as possible, all our services and activities are continuing, albeit with appropriate measures and risk assessments, being taken to ensure our service users, staff team, volunteers and supporters are protected.

If you have a question about the charity’s response to Covid-19, please email info@rabi.org.uk

Services for farming people in need

RABI continues to ensure that the farming people we support can continue to access any assistance they need from us during these difficult times.

If you are involved in farming and require support, including being affected by Covid-19, please contact our freephone helpline 0800 188 4444 or email help@rabi.org.uk.

All RABI’s Welfare Officers are able to complete indoor home visits providing the visit is conducted in accordance with current government guidance. These measures include regular completion of negative lateral flow tests by our Welfare Officers and the application of appropriate social distancing and face masks during an indoor visit.

Welfare Officers can also complete an external face-to-face visit and are also available for phone and video calls for existing and new service users.

The above measures comply with government guidance in England and government restrictions in Wales.

Residential Homes

RABI operates two residential homes, Beaufort House and Manson House. We are applying best practice in all of our Covid-19 measures at the homes including the use of PPE equipment to help safeguard both residents and staff.

RABI can now facilitate indoor visits for named visitors in accordance with current government guidance. Staff at both of the homes are currently able to support up to two visitors attending each resident visit and a maximum of two indoor visits to the home on any given day. Family and friends who are not named visitors are welcome to arrange visits to residents in the home gardens.

Please contact the Home Manager if you would like to arrange a visit or wish to better understand our approach and the measures being taken to keep everyone safe.

Volunteers, fundraising events, shows and regional meetings

Wales

In accordance with current government guidance, County Committee meetings can now be held for up to 6 people indoors. There are no restrictions to the number of people who can now meet outdoors.  

Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places. RABI recommend that government guidance regarding social distancing and increased hygiene measures are followed when attending any face-to-face meetings.

England

County Committee meetings can now be held without restrictions on numbers indoors and outdoors. RABI recommend that government guidance is followed when completing any face-to-face meeting, including appropriate social distancing, increased hygiene measures and wearing of face masks.

Fundraising Events and Shows

 England

County Committees are now able to organise and arrange fundraising events and attend shows.

To comply with the requirements of the RABI insurers, risk assessments will need to be completed and approved prior to any event or show. Face coverings are required to be worn by all volunteers or staff inside buildings that are open to the public.

RABI recommend that all government guidance regarding social distancing, increased hygiene and face coverings are followed at all events and shows.

A number of additional requirements are required by RABI insurers where attendance at a show or event will require staff or volunteers to provide catering or utilise a stand.

Details of further guidance and support can be obtained from RABI Regional Managers on request.

 Wales

County Committees are now able to organise and arrange fundraising events and attend shows outdoors. 

To comply with the requirements of the RABI insurers, risk assessments will need to be completed and approved prior to any event or show. Face coverings are required to be worn by all volunteers or staff inside buildings that are open to the public.

RABI recommend that all government guidance regarding social distancing, increased hygiene and face coverings are followed at all outdoor events and shows.

A number of additional requirements are required by RABI insurers where attendance at a show or event will require staff or volunteers to provide catering or utilise a stand.

County Committees can also organise indoor events and shows providing they meet the definition of an ‘indoor organised activity or event’, maximum numbers of 200 standing and 1,000 seated are not exceeded, reasonable measures requirements satisfied and a prospective risk assessment appropriately completed.

Details of further guidance and support can be obtained from RABI Regional Managers on request.

Visitors to Shaw House

All visits to the RABI office in Oxford must be prearranged. All visitors to the office (including all regional staff, trustees and volunteers who do not routinely work from the Oxford office) will be requested to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test result taken within 24 hours prior to the visit.

All visitors will be required to observe appropriate social distancing. The wearing of face masks within the office is not compulsory, however masks and other PPE is available for use by visitors.