Much has changed over the course of the pandemic and we are now having to learn, to live with it. Following the changes in Government guidance, we have made some decisions about your buildings to make sure we continue to protect everyone. Everyone continues to have an important role to play in this.

To protect the wellbeing of everyone living in the almshouses, we ask that you continue to mask up in communal areas.

We ask residents to inform the Scheme Manager if they have COVID-19. This way we can manage any issues around, contractor or staff visits. If you are a visitor or a contractor to our buildings, we ask that you do not enter the building if you have COVID-19.

We encourage all residents to take up the vaccination offer, including the over 75s to take the Spring Booster. We ask that all contractors and visitors to consider being vaccinated to protect those who live in the almshouses.

Government Advice

We must remember that the virus has not gone away and the Government have guidance can be found at They have also produced this short video.

If you need help to understand anything or figure something out, please speak to your Scheme Manager, who may be able to assist.

So residents of Thorner’s

  • Please make sure that you and your visitors wash their hands every time they enter or leave your home with soap and hot water for at least twenty seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, you can use the hand sanitiser that is located around the buildings.
  • We encourage you to continue to wear your face covering/mask in in the communal areas. There are many vulnerable people in our almshouses. You may have coronavirus and not even know it. From personal experience, Thorner’s knows it can pass easily from resident to resident.
  • You will have seen staff and contractors attending the buildings and wearing Personal Protective Equipment when they enter your home. We ask that you keep your distance from anyone entering your flat on behalf of the Charity and especially if distancing is not possible, please wear a mask.

It remains important for residents to keep us advised of their wellbeing

Our Scheme Managers have resumed weekly visits on your usual visit day, or more often if you are vulnerable. If you have not managed to see them, please pop down and see them in their office or call, even if you just leave a message to say you are okay.

Please remember – in an emergency residents can get assistance 24 hours a day through the pull cords in your flat or in several locations in the communal areas. 

Symptoms list from the NHS

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in adults can include:

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • an aching body
  • a headache
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick

The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.

Government advice if you have COVID-19

Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and either:

  • you have a high temperature
  • you do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities

Take extra care to avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

You can go back to your normal activities when you feel better or do not have a high temperature.

Find out more about what to do if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19

Remember to look after your mental wellbeing

Do stay connected with family and friends

Your handwashing and respiratory hygiene remains important:

There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands more often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.