The nature of our work means I am routinely reminded of the kindness and care that is within so many people. I consider myself very fortunate to work alongside you – you all have such extraordinary empathy, and such great commitment to support children and young people in our society who need help the most if they are to lead successful lives. Thank you.
The last few days have been unprecedented. I would like to thank you all for your massive collective efforts, which have meant our young people have been, as ever, supported, looked after and educated so well.
Understandably, though, the circumstances have tested our characters and our resilience. It has been harder than ever to maintain the positive mindsets that make The Beckmead Trust so special and successful.
But it is also the case that now, more than ever, we need to demonstrate our understanding of others, and to be aware of the emotions, stresses, worries and challenges that we are all facing. These may be personal. They may be work-related. The pressures one colleague may be experiencing are likely to be different to those of another. And these challenges will often be the first time we have experienced them because of the unique situation the country is in.
Some of you have been in work, as normal, or at least as normal as the situation allows. Some have not been able to come to work because you have been ill and/or self-isolating. Others we have asked to remain off site so that the risk of transmitting infection is reduced. Others have shown the responsibility required to suggest you stay away from our sites for the time required. If any one of us had not played the part we needed to, we could not have succeeded these last few days, and we will not succeed in the coming days and weeks. We need to continue to do this because it is what is required, and because it is in the best interests of the children and young people we work with, their families and our communities.
There will be more challenges to come. We will need to continue to stick together and be on the same side. We need to remember the qualities we share – kindness, compassion, understanding, empathy and more – that bind us.
At some point, hopefully soon, the country will emerge from this crisis, so will our Trust, and so will we. When that happens, we will return to working together in the circumstances that we are accustomed to, not this new normal which is bringing us these challenges, but which we are overcoming.
Beckmead’s people – you, me, all of us – have always defined ourselves by our values. It is more important than ever that we retain these when times are challenging. I know I can count on you to do so. I want us to look back at the end of this crisis and remember how kind we were to one another, how we looked after each other, how we stuck together and how we continued to do our jobs so that our children and young people always got the very best from us.
Thank you again for the extraordinary work you are doing.