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Tuesday 24th March

Sunflower Centre plans for the foreseeable 'Lock-In' Period

Our plans are twofold:

The Building
We hope to continue to be of service somehow to our community through this emerging situation and particularly to be in solidarity with the members of the wider community who are going to be most impacted by this virus outbreak, including those infected and also those working on the front line.

Therapies & Classes
Much of what Sunflower offers has moved to working from home online already. Namely:
Psychotherapy :: Counselling :: Coaching
Most if not all of the talking therapists have moved to working online with their existing clients. They will continue to bringa skilled and compassionate space to support you in your current circumstances and many of them have spaces for new clients for short and medium term work.
Yoga and Pilates Classes
Many of the teachers have already begun teaching their regular classes online. We will bring together a timetable together soon.
Osteopathy :: Massage :: Acupuncture
These practitioners will no longer be offering their services at the Sunflower Centre.
There are possibilities around the osteopaths working with some of their existing and new patients using online consultations where this is deemed helpful. More information will be coming soon.
Other Therapies and Remedies
Homeopathy, Western Herbal Medicine and more will be available through online consultations. More information will be coming soon.
Bear with us as we spend the time updating various parts of our website to reflect this current transition. 
We will be sending newsletters to our email database more regularly than when not in 'war effort in peacetime' mode, so if you would like to receive these updates, do sign up if you don't receive them already.
We look forward to opening our doors to you once more. In the meantime, we feel very keenly this opportunity to play our part in this immense challenge to the whole of humanity.
From all of us at the Sunflower Centre, with our love and care.


Statement from the Sunflower Centre management team:

We are closely following all the measures and advice given via the government's press announcements and websites in order to shape our decisions around whether we can keep our doors open to you. The protection of the health and welfare of the community at large, and especially of those frontline NHS workers, remains central to all decisions that we make.
As of midnight on Monday 23rd March, we decided that the building needed to be closed to all patients/clients/visitors.
The factors that we are supporting:
  • It's vital that we all collaborate to flatten the curve of the numbers of cases of infection
  • In order to do that, all forms of social gathering need to cease
  • The implication is that pubs, bars, restaurants, night clubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres are to stay closed from midnight on Friday 20th March
  • These are places where people come together, their purpose is to bring people together and that we need to keep people apart
  • On Friday 20th March, Boris Johnson said 'as far as possible, we want you to stay at home, that's how we can protect our NHS and save lives'
  • Yesterday evening Boris Johnson's announcement went much further in order to ensure that the transmission rates are reduced as much as possible
On Friday Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, closed the address with a clear call for care for each other. I quote in full:

"Now more than at any time in our history, we will be judged by our capacity for compassion. Our ability to come through this won't use be down to what government and businesses can do, but by the individual acts of kindness that we show each other. The small business who does everything they can not to lay off their staff, the student who does a shop for their elderly neighbour, the retired nurse who volunteers to cover some shifts in their local hospital.
When this is over, and it will be over, we want to look back on this moment and remember the many acts of kindness done by us and to us. 
We want to look back on this time and remember how we thought first of others and acted with decency. 
We want to look back on this time and remember how in the face of a generation defining moment, we took a collective effort and stood together. 
It's on all of us."