Coronavirus FAQs

Updated: 16 April 2020, 17:00

For young people / Carers

How can you help me during this time?

For the next few months DMSF will focus its support around giving to those in the most critical need and supporting our young people is of the utmost priority. To this end we’re working hard with our partners and the local community to coordinate support for our young people; this includes access to remote training sessions, live streaming initiatives, 1:1 counselling over the phone and online, an online mentoring service and providing nutrition to the young people on our programmes via our ‘Fit & Fed’ campaign. Visit our website (www.dmsf.org.uk) for more information.

Is my community session still running?

The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus. This includes going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues. As a result, DMSF have made the decision to suspend all community provision across all sites until further notice. Please also refer to our official statement on the website. We will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide updates across all our social media where possible.

I can’t attend my session, what do I do?

All our sessions have been suspended for time being, please keep an eye on our website (www.dmsf.org.uk), social media and YouTube channels which will be updating you on how you can still take part in our sessions remotely.

Can I still access DMSF support for my child?

Yes, there is much that DMSF can do to support the wellbeing of children and young people, and supporting their mental health during periods of disruption is our utmost priority. Regular exercise through sport can have a profoundly positive impact on mental health and over the next few weeks we will be posting home exercise videos on our website (www.dmsf.org.uk) and via our social media giving clear, simple advice to all those who are supporting children and young people, and to the young people themselves. We also want to hear from you, if there is something you would like to see tell Johanna@dmsf.co.uk.

Twitter @DMSF_UK
Facebook.com/DMSFUK
Instagram @DMSF_UK
YouTube Diane Modahl Sports Foundation

How do I make sure my child is safe online?

The following website is a useful source of information – www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Will you be offering sessions for young people remotely?

Over the next few weeks we will be posting home exercise videos on our website (www.dmsf.org.uk) and via our social media giving clear, simple advice to all those who are supporting children and young people, and to the young people themselves. We also want to hear from you, if there is something you would like to see tell Johanna@dmsf.co.uk.

Twitter @DMSF_UK
Facebook.com/DMSFUK
Instagram @DMSF_UK
YouTube Diane Modahl Sports Foundation

What do I say if my child is worried about Coronavirus? 

Here are some things you can do to help – www.emergingminds.org.uk

For volunteers

How can I continue to support the charity over this period?

We’re committed to being there for our young people no matter what’s happening in the world. As part of our response to the current coronavirus emergency, we have launched a Young People Relief Fund. Click here or click on the button below to donate.

Alternatively, if you want to help us there’s a few easy ways you can support our work:

  • Become an Ambassador for DMSF, sharing your knowledge and advice to young people. Click here for more info.
  • Use sporting or professional skills to host remote activities/sessions or events.
  • Spread the word: Use your social media channels to promote our work and success stories by tagging us on Twitter @DMSF_UK, Facebook.com/DMSFUK and Instagram @DMSF_UK.
  • Sign up to our eNewsletter: Stay in the know with our monthly e.newsletter to discover all the ways you can support DMSF. Email Johanna@dmsf.co.uk.
  • Inspire friends, family, work colleagues to volunteer or support us in some way.

I can’t volunteer at this time, what do I do?

We understand that this is a challenging time and there is no expectation for you to continue volunteering. Simply let your DMSF contact know how you feel and they can make suitable arrangements. The health and wellbeing of everyone we work with is our priority and we are very grateful for all support we’ve received from you.

I want to continue to volunteer, what do I do?

It’s more important than ever for us to be there for our young people. Together, with your on-going support, we can help them to keep their confidence, motivation and wellbeing levels up, and encourage them to feel positive about the future.

We absolutely intend to continue helping young people and are looking at how we can adapt the support we offer during this difficult time. Your help makes all the difference and is always greatly appreciated. If you would like to continue supporting young people, all meetings should be now hosted remotely over the phone or video conferencing sessions – until further notice.

 

For supporters, partners and fundraisers

Across the board, we’re encouraging everyone to take sensible precautions to protect themselves, young people, and our staff. This includes virtual working (using alternative methods such as phone calls and video conferencing to meet), minimising non-essential travel, reviewing upcoming events, and paying in donations electroncially via our Virgin Money Giving page here.

The event I was planning to attend/sponsor/support has been cancelled, what happens next?

The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation 2020 Event Programme has officially been suspended in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. This includes the DMSF Charity Golf Day (1 May), DMSF Graduation 2020 (26 June), City of Champions 2020 (8 Oct).

DMSF recognise the seriousness of the current COVID19 (coronavirus outbreak) and we take our responsibility to help slow the pandemic, and support social distancing very seriously indeed.

The organisers are working hard to reschedule all events to 2021 and we are working closely with all our stakeholders on future dates and “additional guidance” around next steps.

Attendees should be assured that DMSF is well prepared for these types of incidents and will remain vigilant, monitoring progress on an on-going basis; reviewing the situation in the light of any emerging information surrounding the virus and the health and safety of our guests is always our number one priority.

We will continue to be in touch with regular updates and thank you for your on-going support and commitment to our events programme.

How can I support the charity over this period?

For the next few months DMSF will focus its support around giving to those in the most critical need and supporting our young people is of the utmost priority. To this end we’re working hard with our partners and the local community to coordinate support for our young people; this includes access to remote training sessions, live streaming initiatives, 1:1 counselling over the phone and online, an online mentoring service and providing nutrition to the young people on our programmes via our ‘Fit & Feed’ campaign.

We’re committed to being there for our young people, no matter what’s happening in the world, and as part of our response to the current coronavirus emergency, we have launched a Young People Relief Fund. Click here or click on the button below to donate.

Alternatively, if you want to help us there’s a few easy ways you can support our work:

  • Become an Ambassador for DMSF, sharing your knowledge and advice to young people. Click here for more information.
  • Spread the word: Use your social media channels to promote our work and success stories by tagging us on Twitter @DMSF_UK, Facebook.com/DMSFUK and Instagram @DMSF_UK.
  • Sign up to our eNewsletter: Stay in the know with our monthly e.newsletter to discover all the ways you can support DMSF. Email Johanna@dmsf.co.uk.
  • Fundraise for us by holding events remotely or sponsored activities or encouraging supporters to donate here.
  • Introduce us to potential partners, supporters or other ambassadors.
  • Use sporting or professional skills to host remote activities/sessions or events.
  • Sponsor or contribute to specific projects or areas of our delivery.
  • Inspire friends, family, work colleagues to volunteer or support us in some way.

Can I still fundraise for DMSF?

We thank you for your continued support to help us change young lives. Where it is safe to do so, we welcome creative ways to fundraise. Please note as we’re encouraging remote working, we may have a reduced number of colleagues in the office, which may mean our team could run behind on processing donations and answering enquiries. We’ll do everything we can do respond to you as quickly as possible.

For more information on how to fundraise for DMSF click here.

We thank you for your understanding and patience and will keep this page updated as more information becomes available.

As coronavirus forces us all to make changes, you can be assured that DMSF is still here to help our young people COPE WITH TODAY and PREPARE FOR TOMORROW. We are committed to being there for our young people no matter what’s happening in the world, and as part of our response to the current coronavirus emergency we have launched a Young People Relief Fund. Donate today and help us to continue to provide valuable support.

Diane Modahl

co-Founder and CEO, Diane Modahl Sports Foundation