If you think you have caught coronavirus (Covid-19), do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay indoors and self-isolate for ten days. If you live with other people, you should avoid close contact with others, and they should self-isolate for at least two weeks. Do not attend the VCC if you think you or someone in you have had close contact with, has Covid.
The Government has confirmed that the youth sector is an essential service and therefore the VCC will continue to meet in a Covid-safe way subject to its own risk assessments, ‘Project Regain‘ (the VCC’s detailed response to Covid) and MOD guidance. The VCC will also follow guidance from the National Youth Agency and YouthLink Scotland, and work with parent establishments to ensure the health, safety and welfare of cadets and adult volunteers so far as reasonably practicable.
Please find below the latest updates from the VCC on Covid:
- 19 July 2021: whilst restrictions in England and Scotland are being eased by the respective national governments the VCC will continue to follow its prevailing Covid-safe measures for the time being. Therefore, all Covid-safe protocols in our units that have returned to face-to-face activities will be maintained. This includes face coverings indoors, social distancing, group sizes and hand sanitisers. Further updates about any relaxing of these measures will be communicated when necessary.
- 1 June 2021: the latest guidance on Covid-safe measures in the VCC, Project Regain, has been published to VCC units.
There is currently no time imposed on VCC units to get back to face-to-face activities, although as of mid-June most VCC units have returned in some way. Where this isn’t the case we will endeavour to provide virtual activities. As each VCC unit is ready to return, they will contact parents and carers with details of how things will have changed and what the attendance arrangements are (it may be that cadets attend only one night a week in order to achieve social distancing). Each unit will have specific Covid risk assessments and all adult volunteers and cadets will receive an induction on their first night or day back. There is no pressure on any cadet or adult volunteer to return if they feel anxious or uncertain, although we ask they keep in touch with their unit please.
Activities will initially be outdoors but indoor activities will be possible as guidance changes. Hand sanitisers, one way systems and social distancing will all be in place. Where activities take place away from parent establishments we will ask parents and carers to transport their cadet to and from the activity location please.
The health, safety and welfare of our cadets and adult volunteers will remain our paramount priority.
Membership fees have been suspended during Covid lockdown but once units are back to face-to-face activities we will ask parents and carers to resume paying their £10 per month membership fee please. If this poses a problem please speak to your child’s unit Finance Officer (in confidence) to see how we can help.
JOINING THE VCC
Subject to local restrictions, the VCC is still accepting applications for new cadets and adult volunteers. Processing and response time may be slower than usual so your patience would be appreciated. Where possible we will continue to hold cadet induction nights and adult volunteer interviews, subject to Covid-safe protocols.
What does ‘Covid-safe’ mean in the VCC:
- Careful planning to ensure the safety of all adults and cadets.
- Complying with social distancing requirements and implementing one-way systems were feasible.
- Ensuring hygiene levels are maintained, including hand washing, as well as surface and equipment cleaning.
- Safely managing risk to volunteers, young people and the wider community.
- Face coverings when indoors for those aged 11 and over (unless exempt).
- Where necessary, reducing group sizes and working in bubbles.
- Making sure vulnerable young people and adults can be effectively safeguarded, both in relation to Covid, as well as other risk factors.
- Ensuring volunteers, parents, carers and young people all clearly understand what adjustments need to be made to ensure everyone’s safety.
- Following the different rules in the different UK home nations (namely England and Scotland).
The VCC has adopted a 6 Level roadmap to help manage our response. Most units are on Level 3 (Restricted Activities) which means cadets attending in ‘bubbles’ of no more than 15. Further details are available on request.
Sporting activities will take place outdoors and any equipment used will be sanitised after use, with participants asked to sanitise their hands frequently during the activity.
OVERSEAS AND RESIDENTIAL ACTIVITIES
We have also taken the decision to cancel all overseas activities and visits until Sep 2021. The pandemic has a global impact and we will take this into account when we start to plan future overseas activities and visits. Similarly, we have paused all residential activities including our VCC120 Summer Camp in Lancashire. Whilst we are allowed to conduct some overnight activities the bubble sizes are so small that in effect the benefit and enjoyment of the activities will be greatly reduced. For the time being we would rather focus effort on delivering enjoyable and safe daytime activities. Details will be published by units as needed.
If you have a concern about the Covid-safe measures in your child’s VCC unit please contact that unit’s Commanding Officer or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also visit our social media sites for further details of each units’ activities.
Latest update: 19 July 2021