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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) LATEST LSDN UPDATE – THURSDAY 04/06/2020 (3.30pm)

Statement from Virginie Ramond

Following on from last week’s update introducing our plans for a phased re-opening of our offices and centres, in this week’s bulletin, we provide a short update on our progress thus far and reflect on some of the wider issues affecting society at this time.

LSDN CENTRE RE-OPENING PROGRESS UPDATE

Following last week’s news that we aimed to start cautious preparations towards a phased re-opening of our centres, we have made some excellent progress this week. We have completed a full site audit to identify the changes needed to our premises in line with government guidance and we have identified the resources and equipment required to enable safe working practices. Throughout the week, we have also consulted our staff in regards to their needs, preferences and priorities related to our re-opening plans.

Our primary method of course delivery will continue to be online for some time to come, however, we do hope to start welcoming students on a 1:1 or very small group basis from around the last week in June, this will probably only be for a few hours at a time initially, rather than a full day, due to the restrictions we will face across the premises and to limit risks to all involved. Look out for further updates in our upcoming weekly bulletins.

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE SITUATION IN AMERICA

Those of you who have engaged with LSDN will know that as an organisation we are passionate about equality, social justice and the unequivocal respect of human rights for all. We reject all forms of discrimination, racism, injustice and abuse of power. We stand in solidarity with all those who feel marginalised, oppressed and have faced or experienced discrimination of any form.

Equality is a conscious choice, as with justice and anything else of importance, worth or value in our lives, it is something that we must all work hard to achieve and requires constant and conscious investment to maintain. We all have a choice and a role to play in advancing equality and social justice.

As an organisation that is dedicated to the principles of education and sharing knowledge, we encourage everyone to educate themselves on the subjects of racial equality, discrimination and unconscious bias. Let’s make a commitment to use this time as an opportunity for both personal and societal growth and to work together for positive lasting change. As Martin Luther King said ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere‘.

Finally, for anyone who may be intending to join any of the demonstrations or group gatherings planned to take place in London or across the UK, please take care to maintain social distancing and to take appropriate steps to protect yourself. Ethnic minority communities have been shown to be at greater risk of Coronavirus and although the infection rate has lowered, it has not gone away, continued caution is essential.

If you are affected by any of the above issues or would like to talk to someone in confidence, please call our confidential safeguarding line on 07823 492658.

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) LATEST LSDN UPDATE – THURSDAY 28/05/2020 (3.30pm)

We hope everyone is enjoying the glorious weather this week. Today’s bulletin is focussed on information related to the re-opening of LSDN centres.

LSDN CENTRE RE-OPENING NEWS

From next week, LSDN will start the process of getting its centres ready for re-opening. In the first instance, we will make sure suitable arrangements are put in place to enable LSDN staff to work safely and to settle back into the workplace. Following this phase, we will make arrangements to start welcoming students and members of the public back to our centres, initially, this will be on a very limited scale with strict restrictions in place regarding social distancing and a maximum number of people we can have in the centre at any time.

In all cases, we will continue to follow government and scientific advice and will prioritise the health and safety of our staff, students and members of the public at all times.

Subject to public health advice and further developments, we expect our centres to re-open before the end of June.

We will continue to post updates here. In the meantime, if you require any support or have any queries, feel free to contact us: 0203 784 1294.

Stay safe everyone.

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) LATEST LSDN UPDATE – TUESDAY 19/05/2020 (3.30pm)

 

As many of you will be aware, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). We have put together a special bulletin dedicated to mental health.

 

Coronavirus and your mental health 

If you’re finding things hard emotionally right now, you are not alone. LSDN and partner agencies we work with are here to help and provide you with the information and support you may need. If you need support, please contact us: 07823492658 / safeguarding@lsdn.org.uk.

 

Information and resources

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is affecting all our lives. Things are changing fast, and many of us are worrying about what it all means for ourselves and for our loved ones. Those of us already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too. 

In this bulletin, you will find reliable information and tips from the national charity Mind to help you cope during this time. 

Mental Health and Coronavirus – information and resources

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) LATEST LSDN UPDATE – TUESDAY 12/05/2020 (3.30pm)

This week is the eighth week since lockdown began across the UK. On Sunday, the Prime Minister set out some initial plans for ending the current lockdown and easing some of the restrictions. Below we provide a quick summary of LSDN updates and our advice to students and their families.

Following Sunday’s broadcast, there will be no major changes to operations at LSDN, all LSDN staff are already successfully working from home and will continue to do so until we can be assured that it is safe for staff to attend work premises.

At present, our centres remain closed, but we want to assure all of our students and partners that we remain fully operational and we are here to support all of our students to successfully complete and achieve their programmes with us. Please feel free to contact us with any queries or if you require support, our usual telephone numbers and email addresses remain fully operational.

We also wish to take the opportunity to remind everyone to stay safe. Despite some small easing of lockdown restrictions, the present threat from coronavirus has not gone away and anyone with pre-existing health conditions or other vulnerable categories should take special care to avoid any risk of infection. The streets and local shops have become busier as people start to travel again for work or leisure, so please all be mindful of this.

Please also be aware of the increased risk of fraud and IT security issues during this time, as well as the high levels of ‘false’ or ‘fake’ information being circulated, especially via social media. You can see some of our previous updates (below) in regards to these issues. In the event of any concerns or queries, please feel free to contact us.

Finally, a thank you to all students who participated in our live quiz event last week. You will all be pleased to know that The Great LSDN Quiz is back tomorrow, the theme is ‘movies, movies, movies’. The winning prize is £25 M&S or Amazon shopping voucher.

Occasion: The Great LSDN Quiz

Time: May 13, 2020 01:30 PM London

Link: https://zoom.us/j/96555143321?pwd=VnhQUDd1V0taTDZFRCtTcGpnWjVrZz09

Meeting ID: 965 5514 3321

Password: 411174

All you need is a laptop or a tablet. If you are using a Chromebook you might need earphones as the sound is not the best on them. Phones are not recommended as the size may make it difficult to type your answers swiftly enough. See you on Wednesday. In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy.

 

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) LATEST LSDN UPDATE – TUESDAY 05/05/2020 (3.30pm)

LSDN is planning to host a series of virtual social engagement events that are open to all LSDN learners, past and present.

Lockdown has been a challenge for most people, and we wish to provide opportunities for some fun social interactions with a bit of friendly competition.

The first event is taking place this Wednesday 6th May at 1:30pm. LSDN staff will host a fun general knowledge quiz and we invite everyone to join in and participate in the fun. The winning prize is £25 M&S or Amazon shopping voucher.

All you need is a laptop or a tablet. If you are using a Chromebook you might need earphones as the sound is not the best on them. Phones are not recommended as the size may make it difficult to type your answers swiftly enough.

Occasion: The Great LSDN Quiz

Time: May 6, 2020 01:30 PM London

Link: https://zoom.us/j/94056114156?pwd=bkpxZkhQbjZXQmxjL2Fqc3k4Mys2dz09

Meeting ID: 940 5611 4156

Password: 709765

See you on Wednesday. In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy.

 

 

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) LATEST LSDN UPDATE – TUESDAY 28/04/2020 (3.30pm)

We are now entering the 6th week of lockdown, requests for support and assistance from LSDN students have continued to increase as a result of the challenges being faced by all. In response to these circumstances, we have updated our arrangements to ensure that we can offer necessary support while also maintaining the safety and wellbeing of LSDN staff and students.

Access to LSDN premises and support arrangements for LSDN students
From today, LSDN will have staff at its premises between 10am and 12pm Mondays and Wednesdays each week. Students can only attend through a prior appointment and will be given a timeslot for their appointment to ensure social distancing is maintained. The purpose of these appointments is for students to get help with any technology/equipment issues and to get support with their assignments if this is not possible over the phone. LSDN is also providing a limited foodbank service.

Foodbank provisions
LSDN has limited foodbank provisions available for LSDN students and their families. We only stock dry goods such as cereal and pasta, long-life milk, and tins. We distribute provision from our foodbank every Monday and Wednesday between 10am and 12pm. Appointments must be made in advance for everyone’s safety and wellbeing. Any student requiring support should contact Ramota Sanusi: rsanusi@lsdn.org.uk/07823492658 or Jermaine Johnson: jjermaine@lsdn.org.uk/07885296016.

Stay safe everyone and keep on learning!

 

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) LATEST LSDN UPDATE – FRIDAY 24/04/2020 (3.30pm)

As we come towards the end of the 5th week since lockdown began, we wish to reflect upon and pay tribute to the resilience, flexibility and creativity of LSDN staff and students who have worked so hard to make the very best of these difficult circumstances. We are proud that we have been able to continue teaching and supporting our students, not only in their learning, but also with welfare and family circumstances, offering support, advice and assistance wherever possible. We are exceptionally proud of our many students who have continued to make excellent progress with their learning, attending online classes, and completing assigned learning tasks online and remotely on a daily basis, despite the various difficulties and challenges they may be facing.

In today’s update, we want to raise awareness of the importance of e-safety, as well as the increased risk of fraud and misinformation during this time.

Information: internet safety
Let’s Talk About It, a support site, has put together a useful guide for students, parents and carers about online safety during the Covid-19 period. The guide can be found at the following link: https://www.ltai.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Parent-Guardian-Online-Radicalisation-Information-and-Support.pdf

Information: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable areas for financial gain.

We have been informed that some students and parents have received a letter from the Department for Education or from ESFA asking for personal student bank details in relation to the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. The ESFA and Department for Education want all students to be aware that they will never ask for personal bank account details. This is a fraudulent letter – please do not respond.

All students should look out for any fraudulent letters, texts and emails. Avoid clicking on links from any unknown sources. If in doubt, contact us and our IT team can verify the information for you.

Information: misinformation and conspiracy theories
Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of misinformation and unfounded theories. Some may seem innocent or even humourous, however, some can pose serious risks to people’s health and wellbeing. To avoid falling into this trap, you can use an unbiased fact-checking website to verify the accuracy and legitimacy of information you come across, this is especially true of information circulated via social media. You can access the UK’s independent fact-checking charity service via this link: https://fullfact.org/

Wishing everyone a happy Friday and a lovely weekend!

 
 
 
COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) LATEST LSDN UPDATE – TUESDAY 21/04/2020 (3.30pm)  

 

We are now entering the fifth week of lockdown and we have all been doing our best to stay home and stay healthy while continuing to work, study and/or look after our families. For some, I am sure that the last several weeks have not been easy. Some people live alone and wish they didn’t while others live with family or friends and are wishing for a few moments of peace and quiet.  Either way, these are unprecedented times we live in and that also means unprecedented challenges. But it’s not all doom and gloom, we are all adapting in the best ways we can and many people are using the time to do things that perhaps they would not normally have the opportunity to do, trying an online fitness class, writing that book we always promised ourselves we would write, learning to cook or bake, or simply catching up on quality family time. 

However you are coping and whatever you may be dealing with, we want to let you know that LSDN is here to HELP. We all need to look out for each other and do our bit in these difficult times.

In the meantime, LSDN courses are still running and you can contact us Monday to Friday 9-5 to join one of our courses or for support to complete your course if you are an existing or past student. We are also supporting our students with access to technology where needed and with employment and volunteering where this is something that they are interested in. Whatever your circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will work with you to find a positive solution.

For parents whose children are entitled to free school meals, you should be receiving £15 vouchers or supermarket gift cards. The link is: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools#national-voucher-scheme

Stay safe, stay healthy and we hope to see you soon (even if it’s only on Zoom)!

 

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) LATEST LSDN UPDATE – THURSDAY 09/04/2020 (9.30am) 

A quick message from LSDN to wish everyone a Happy Easter. A number of our staff are on annual leave next week, however, please be assured we do remain operational and available to help with any queries or issues. Please refer to our previous message (immediately below), for information about employment support, general support and professional development opportunities for our students and their families.

 

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) LATEST LSDN UPDATE – TUESDAY 07/04/2020 (3.30pm)

LSDN centres are temporarily closed due to Covid-19, however, please be assured we remain fully operational with our courses moving online and staff available to provide support and guidance to all students, past and present. We are supporting our students and their families with a wide range of information, support and resources including assistance with technology and access to the internet, home school support and emergency food, housing and financial support.

Any students in need of support or assistance should contact us on info@lsdn.org.uk / 07823 494687

Please see below for updates related to employment support, general support and professional development resources for our students during Covid- 19.

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT
Some students have indicated an interest in employment opportunities during this emergency period. This is very much a personal choice and individuals should seriously consider their personal health circumstances (such as any pre-existing health conditions) and also the circumstances of their household, such as whether anyone in their household is vulnerable or at increased risk. For individuals who do wish to work, there are a number of sectors that are actively recruiting new staff and/or still working during this crisis, these present good opportunities for people who do wish to gain employment during the current period of crisis. Some of the sectors currently recruiting or still operating throughout the crisis include:
– Rail sector
– Security and Stewarding sector
– Health and social care sector
– Logistics sector (delivery drivers/couriers)
– Retail sector (mostly supermarkets)

You can find some additional information at the following link: https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/30/supermarkets-hiring-offering-temp-jobs-moment-12479475/

In addition to paid employment, there are also volunteering opportunities with the NHS (https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS) and other local charities and community groups.

Any students requiring help, support or advice in relation to employment or volunteering should contact Jermaine Johnson: 07885 296016 / jjermaine@lsdn.org.uk

GENERAL SUPPORT
LSDN has created a new site to provide general helpful support and resources to its students during Covid-19. Ranging from wellbeing to support with childcare and home education, the site provides a wealth of useful information and access to a wide range of agencies and resources to support individuals and families during this challenging period. To access the site, you will need your LSDN email address and login details, you can then access the site through the following link: https://classroom.google.com/u/2/c/NzUwNDE4MDczODha

If you need help to access the above site, please contact Paul Ridgway on 07554 647218 / pridgway@lsdn.org.uk.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
LSDN has created a new site to provide professional skills opportunities to its students during Covid-19. Ranging from short courses in areas such as First Aid, Health and Safety and other areas highly sought after by industry and employers, the site provides an opportunity to gain new professional skills and qualifications during this time. To access the site, you will need your LSDN email address and login details, you can then access the site through the following link: https://classroom.google.com/u/2/c/NzUxMzI3NzExMTFa

If you need help to access the above site, please contact Paul Ridgway on 07554 647218 / pridgway@lsdn.org.uk.

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE – Friday 03/04/2020 (9.30 am)

We hope everyone is keeping well in these difficult times, a reminder that LSDN is here to help and support all of our students, both past and present, so if you need any support or assistance, or even just a friendly chat, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@lsdn.org.uk / 07823 494687.

In the meantime, please see below for an urgent message regarding fraud and scam risks during this period.

ALERT: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable communities for financial gain.

ActionFraud reported a 400% increase in reports of coronavirus related fraud in March 2020. The reported frauds are varied and include:

Charity fraud
Online shopping fraud
Phishing emails

Further information is available on the ActionFraud website.

Remember, fraudsters can be very convincing, they are used to exploiting people and will have prepared thoroughly.

Scam Alerts

We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.

We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.

Stay well and stay safe everyone.
LSDN

 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE – Monday 30/03/2020 (9.30 am)

LSDN had a successful first week of remote-working last week. We maintained contact with our students and partners and we successfully started online learning delivery across a number of our courses with further delivery taking place this week.

We aim to continue supporting all of our students with their studies and also with any welfare or wellbeing issues that may be affecting them. We are trying to actively maintain contact with all of our students, if you have not heard from us, please get in touch: 07823494687 or info@lsdn.org.uk.

This week we are also launching a programme of FREE extracurricular activities and learning for our students and FREE home learning tips and resources for families with children. We will post further updates and information on this page. Please remember to contact us with any queries or concerns, we are here to help

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE – TUESDAY 24/03/2020 (3.30pm)  

LSDN’s centres are now closed until further notice. We remain fully operational and continue to deliver our courses via e-learning and other technologies. Please see below for a list of LSDN contact numbers and support arrangements.

                      • Reception/general enquiries – 07823494687 
                      • Student services (course enquiries) – 07885296016
                      • Student services (management) – 07767122541
                      • Student welfare and wellbeing – 07823492658
                      • Student financial support claims (DLS) – 07933089036
                      • Student e-learning support/technical enquiries – 07554647218
                      • Railway course enquiries (existing students) – 07933089049  

Despite our distance and remote working arrangements, we are committed to supporting our students through these difficult times and continuing to provide a high-quality and valued service.

Any students who are struggling with their learning, require any equipment or other support, please call: 07767122541

Any students who are struggling with issues related to welfare, housing, food or general wellbeing, please call: 07823492658

We ask everyone to do their best to stay safe and to stay in contact, we are here to help.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE – FRIDAY 20/03/2020 (10.30am)

On the advice of the Government and the Education Secretary, for the safety of our staff, students, visitors and the wider community, LSDN is temporarily closing its premises on Friday 20th March 2020.

We have provisions in place to continue as much of our day to day operations as possible, including supporting learners via e-learning and other available technologies. All staff are working from home and have access to emails and other means of communication.

There is no confirmed date of when LSDN and other educational institutions will be able to reopen; however, we will keep everyone informed of developments via email and phone communications and through our dedicated web page: http://www.lsdn.org.uk/lsdn-coronavirus-updates/

We have a wide range of FREE online learning courses available, if you are interested in finding out more about the courses we have available for home study please contact Judith on 07767 122541

For any queries, please contact us on 07823 494687 or info@lsdn.org.uk

NOTIFICATION OF LSDN TEMPORARY CLOSURE – THURSDAY 19/03/2020 (11.30am)

Following yesterday’s anouncement by the Prime Minister and Education Secretary regarding the closure of schools and educational premises, please be advised that in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff, students, visitors and the wider community, LSDN will be closing its premises on Friday 20th March.

We have provisions in place to continue as much of our day to day operations as possible, including supporting learners via e-learning and other available technologies. All staff will be working from home and have access to emails and other means of communication. Students and partners can contact us via the usual numbers and email addresses. All members of the public can also reach LSDN staff and leadership at: info@lsdn.org.uk.

There is no confirmed date of when LSDN and other educational institutions will be able to reopen, however, we will keep everyone informed of developments via email and phone communications and through our dedicated web page: http://www.lsdn.org.uk/lsdn-coronavirus-updates/

In closing, we wish to thank all of our staff, students, partners, governors and members of the community for their support of LSDN thoughout the years and especially over the last few days as we have all attempted to do our best to respond and work together in these unprecented times. LSDN will continue to do everything in its power to positively support the community, including releasing staff with social care and NHS credentials to undertake critical work at hospitals or in the community and putting together care packages for our students.
See you all on the other side

LSDN Team

NOTIFICATION – Week Commencing 16/03/2020

You will all be aware of the continuing rapid spread of coronavirus. At LSDN, we are doing everything possible to avoid any disruptions to classes and our students.

We apologise in advance for any disruption you have or will experience due to staff absence or shortages. We are following Government advice and any staff with cold or flu-like symptoms are being asked to self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days. Some staff have also been advised not to attend work due to other health conditions. Please bear with us during this time.

We are putting a range of contingencies in place to maintain operations in the coming weeks. In the event of centre closure, we will maintain classes and support via online learning and other available technologies. Please ensure you complete our STUDENT EMERGENCY FORM available at reception so we can contact you in the event of an emergency or change of circumstances at LSDN.

In the meantime, we request all students aide by the following advice:

    • Wash hands thoroughly several times a day for a minimum of 20 seconds
    • Use hand sanitisers available throughout the centre and offices
    • Use tissues available throughout the centre and offices to catch any sneezes and dispose of it immediately
    • Ensure that we have an up to date contact number for you and that you have completed the emergency contact form
    • Finally, if you have a cough, cold or flu-like symptoms, please do NOT attend the centre, you will need to self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days – please remember to inform us so you are not penalised for non-attendance

Remember to check the LSDN website and LSDN Edu site for regular updates.

Details for gov site:

  1. Coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
  2. Full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others