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COVID-19 is continuing to impact everyone around the world. Last week the team and I began working remotely. In just one week it has been imperative for us to learn new ways of working and continue to support one another, beneficiaries, volunteers and supporters.

We postponed all school bookings for the remainder of the school year and trainings and events until further notice. We will continue to follow government guidance over the coming weeks and months but aim to be back working in schools in September.

I have been working closely with the Board of Trustees to develop a strategic plan for DRM that will further strengthen our foundation and position us for success.

The charity sector, like most other sectors, is facing many challenges and it will be for the foreseeable future. The impact of the global health crisis is unknown. The expected economic impact following the crisis is also unknown. As the crisis has continued to unfold I have been working to ensure the viability of DRM and support my team through this period of uncertainty. One of the main challenges we are faced with is a reduced income. This is a result of school closures, limited fundraising opportunities, and the unstable economy impacting corporate partnerships. We are grateful for our Dreamers and regular donors, providing certainty to us in this time of uncertainty. 

We have explored a number of virtual options for delivery, fundraising, etc. and will continue to develop our digital strategy but have decided to participate in the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme is intended to avoid redundancies and protect jobs and that is precisely why we are participating. Staff covered by the scheme will be “furloughed” for an agreed period of time. 

Between 1 April 2020 and 31 May 2020, seven out of nine employees will be furloughed for some or all of this period. This will be a major change for the organisation and the entire team. The reduction in active employees during this period will not stop our ability or commitment to work with schools, volunteers or supporters. I write on behalf of the entire team, Board of Trustees and myself when I say we remain 100% committed to Diversity Role Models and our vision of a world where everyone embraces diversity and can thrive.

If there is anything we can support you with, please contact me on 020 3795 9201 or adam@diversityrolemodels.org.  

We are grateful for your continued support during this difficult period. If you would like to fundraise for DRM, have the means to set-up a monthly donation, or would like to donate by shopping using Amazon Smile or Give as You Live, I would like to thank you in advance!

I hope you, your friends, families and colleagues all remain healthy and happy through the COVID-19 crisis.