So after the announcement from the Government at the weekend and the news that we have to enter a new lockdown… from Thursday, I am unsure what to do. There must be some sense to starting Thursday and I can only think it is to help businesses to prepare. But what if you are a pub or an independent business, for example an independent wheelchair skills trainer like me, how can we prepare for not making any money to live by?
I suppose I can offer training in controlled environments, making sure everyone abides by social distancing measures, uses hand sanitiser and wears a face mask. But is it safe, or fair, to offer this when the client has to travel to me, or I have to travel to the client to run an ‘Everday Skills’ training session? Would this add to the risk of overwhelming the NHS if something goes wrong, one of the parties is involved with an RTA and needs the emergency services and hospitalisation? I am confident the client would not injure themselves during training as all safety measures are taken into account and written risk assessments are followed……… but still there is a chance of someone injuring themselves, this cannot be ignored.
So am I doing the right thing thinking I should not offer any training during this second – less strict – lockdown? My son is at school, no doubt he will be football training at the weekend with a team of 20 plus kids in his age group – we can walk to the training ground from home so get to enjoy the morning air…. I often question the safety measures silently to myself when sat in the middle of the field watching. When coach calls the team together for team talk, or instructions, he makes sure they all spread their arms out either side of themselves to make sure they are ‘social distancing’… but when they start doing drills, they que up next to each other, suddenly no distancing measures in place, and with it being a group of boys, they mess around, pushing and shoving, as kids do. This is where I question the safety of this, no other parents seem to concerned, or maybe they are keeping their thoughts to themselves like me, or they might not have any other underlying health conditions like myself, or are not overly bothered if their kid unknowingly catches or passes anything on to another kid, who intern passes it on to his parents or grandparents… and the list goes on and on and…..
Finally after long moments of deliberation I have made a final, professional decision… there can be no wheelchair skills training offered by Freedom Wheelchair Skills during this second lockdown at my local hall I hire. I think it makes sense to be careful and protect myself, my family and others. You never know, I risked the school run this morning and then I ran the gauntlet at the local supermarket for supplies, masked up and kept a safe distance from others, but there is still a chance, albeit slim, that I could have passed something on or contracted something…… Let’s all stay safe everyone!
Here is the small print, if you are desperate to learn how to be more confident using your wheelchair, be able to take on those everyday environmental or homely challenges, please contact me to discuss your needs and we can look at training date options when lockdown two has passed.
In addition, when referring to football training, the team say coaches will be complying to FA safety standards.