With support from Complement Genomics, the Foundation of Light is maintaining critical services to vulnerable communities across the region during the national lockdown.
In partnership with the Lanchester based scientific company, 50 front-facing and delivery staff are in receipt of free weekly self-testing Covid-19 kits, ensuring they can maintain critical services to the socially isolated through the Tackling Loneliness Together programme, youth work provision through Premier League Kicks, post-16 education and critical employability programmes.
Dr Neil Sullivan, General Manager at Complement Genomics said: “We are proud to support the Foundation of Light in delivering its vital services to communities in the North East. Giving back has been our priority throughout the pandemic. We hope weekly Covid testing will help the Foundation to continue its education and training programmes.”
Testing started in October, with over 300 tests completed and all results to date have returned a negative result.
Complement Genomics has been making a difference to the community, by offering free testing to asymptomatic front-line workers in GP surgeries, pharmacies, care homes and hospices in County Durham.
Jamie Wright, Managing Director of the Foundation added: “With Covid numbers on the rise and our staff continuing to engage in delivery for critical frontline activities, it is imperative for us to not only keep staff safe, but also the people who we work with. Many are vulnerable and rely heavily now on our support and services.
“Having the support of companies like Complement Genomics is vital to ensuring we can maintain our frontline services.
Like so many other charities and community services, our work matters now more than ever before, and this allows us to keep working in ever changing and challenging times.
In light of the second lockdown, changes to a number of programmes which are delivered from the Beacon of Light have been made. View our latest update to see the full list of changes.
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Written By Kay James
12 November 2020