COVID-19 Statement

As we work hard to navigate this unprecedented time Architects Benevolent Society would like to assure those in the wider architectural community who may be worried about how they will cope over the next few weeks and months that we are here to help and will continue to offer our support services.

We understand that people may be facing uncertainty and increased anxiety at this time. Through our partnership with Anxiety UK we can provide quick access to a range of mental health support including counselling which can take place over the phone, by email or Skype. We can also offer financial support in the case of redundancy or illness. We are urgently looking into how we can maximise and expand this to help those in the profession affected by the global pandemic.

Of course, our priority is with our beneficiaries, staff, ambassadors, and supporters and we are doing everything we can to minimise the impact and reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are reviewing our service delivery and, in line with the Government’s advice, are postponing all our upcoming events including our annual Chicken Run and Bake The World A Better Place until further notice. We are monitoring the situation and hope that we will be able to reschedule these soon. All supporters who have signed up to these events will be contacted directly.

We are fortunate that our staff are in a position where they can work from home without interruption of most of our services. However, we will not continue to visit our beneficiaries in person at this time.

Please get in touch with us if you need to talk:
help@absnet.org.uk
020 3918 8588

Other Support
Mental Health: 

Our partners, Anxiety UK, are providing additional advice and support online via their blogs for anyone with concerns or anxiety relating to the Coronavirus. 

HEALTH AND OTHER FORMS OF ANXIETY AND CORONAVIRUS
COVID-19 AND ANXIETY 

They will also be delivering a series of support webinars which will cover a range of topics to support those affected by #coronanxiety. These will be available on their YouTube channel after the live event: youtube.com/user/AnxietyUKOfficial

Government advice:

www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

Benefits Options, Self-employment and Other Money Advice:   
www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you

Business Debtline:
www.businessdebtline.org or you can call direct at 0800 197 6026

How You Can Help
We are humbled to have been contacted by many of you to ask how you can help during this time of uncertainty. We will be reaching out with more information as we review the situation. If you would like to get in touch please contact our fundraising team or call us at: 020 5780 2823. 

Professional Membership Response Advice 
RIBA architecture.com/knowledge-and-resources/knowledge-landing-page/coronavirus-covid-19-advice
CIAT: ciat.org.uk/covi-19.html
LI: landscapeinstitute.org/covid-19/

 

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