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Statement from our Chair of Trustees, August 2020


I wanted to give you some further updates on how here at Dame Hannahs we continue to monitor the rapidly developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Our resident young adults continue to safely isolated with their groups in their homes.

Our Ivybridge site still remains only open to staff directly engaged in taking care of our residents and other staff who are on standby for maintaining the safe and secure operation of the site. However, this has not stopped us from making sure that all our residents continue to enjoy everyday life – albeit in some different ways. Our exceptional care staff are constantly coming up with new ideas for keeping everyone engaged and entertained and I want to pay tribute to the way they conduct themselves when they, like every one of us, have to deal with the worries and anxieties caused by Coronavirus.

We are however in the process of constructing the plans to resume our adult day service provision and further details will follow when they are finalised.

The health and protection of all our staff and those we care for are more important to us than ever. During these unprecedented and challenging times the staff at Dame Hannah’s are ensuring that all our residents continue to receive the best possible care and we are taking every precaution to keep both our staff and young people safe. So again, let me thank our staff for their professionalism, dedication and commitment in enabling our young people to lead as fulfilled lives as possible during this difficult time.

On a positive note our Charity Shops have started to re-open albeit on reduced days and hours on the whole while we start to rebuild our staffing and volunteer numbers. The current shop information can be found by visiting our Charity Shops page

We are eternally grateful to all our volunteers and supporters. You will have read that Dame Hannahs, from July 2020, will concentrate its care and learning services on young adults as we have seen changing patterns of provision and a growth in services for younger children offered by other agencies and organisations. With the postponement of many fundraising activities and the closure of our shops, your ongoing support for our charity is more important than ever. Dame Hannahs will need you not just at this difficult time, but long into the future. Keep safe. Following government advice will mean we come through these testing times sooner.

Professor David Coslett

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Our mission is simple, to empower, advocate and enrich the lives of young adults with disabilities.

Our services

Working at its main site at Ivybridge, about 11 miles from Plymouth – Dame Hannahs provides learning, care, support and fun for young adults with a range of disabilities, including: Hannahwood – an innovative transition project for older students - therapies and supported activities. Our holistic approach offers professional support from our therapists, educationalists, expert medical staff and a care team.

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