As lockdown has eased throughout the UK, Wirral youth zone “The Hive” has reopened its doors welcoming back young people across Wirral in time for the school summer holidays.
The facility, available for those aged between 8-19 and up to 25 for those with disabilities has been greatly missed by all of those who regularly attend, and the re-opening has given a sense of community back for many.
In order for The Hive to reopen its doors safely for staff, volunteers and visitors, there are many new COVID-19 safety precautions that have been put in place. When speaking with youth worker Lewis Collins, he explained some of the new measures which include: one-way systems around the building to minimise contact, temperature checking all who enter the building and the introduction of a new entrance for young people to maintain social distancing in the reception area.
Lewis also explained how under new regulations, the Hive Summer Holiday Club for Youth Zone members age 8 – 12 needs to maintain small pods of young people with a dedicated youth worker who works with the same group throughout the day. As such, radios are vital for team members to be able to communicate with each other and the support team across the large site.
“We needed more radio equipment this summer than in previous years as we had to ensure young people were in small, socially-distanced pods to limit large group interactions and keep everyone safe. Five young people working together rather than our usual larger groups of up to 15 meant that we faced a real problem of not having enough radios to keep everyone in contact’’.
Another issue they had with their previous radio system was that they were unlicensed, so would experience interference on a regular basis when trying to communicate. They also struggled with the volume in certain areas and found the radios lacking in robustness.
“A lot of the radios that we have don’t have the best durability for constant day to day use”.
Having previously worked with The Hive and being based locally, SFL Mobile Radio and Sister Company Sure Business Systems wanted to help so when approached to provide hire radios for the school summer holidays SFL and Sure Business Systems were happy to offer these free of charge.
These new radios have ensured staff at The Hive’s holiday club have access to a radio each, minimising contact between the equipment and staff. With dedicated charging banks, they are always charged and ready for staff to use. The radios supplied are also licenced, so with communication being over private channels, there will be no more interference.
Commenting on the impact this has had for the staff at The Hive, Lewis explained “There has been no interference and communication has been dramatically enhanced between the team across the building”.
When asked how the new radios have helped overcome previous challenges, Lewis further added; “The robust equipment has helped as we’re now running our holiday club and our team are very on the go with our young people and we have been able to work without fear of the equipment breaking.”
Lewis also praised the service he received working with SFL Mobile Radio and Sure Business Systems, describing the experience as “Extremely Professional”. Going into further detail, Lewis stated:
“Working alongside SFL and Sure Business Systems has been an absolute pleasure. The service from the team has been brilliant and the level of customer service has been unparalleled. We look forward to working with Sure and SFL in the future and hope that we can strengthen the partnership that has been built from an initial purchase of some accessories back in 2019.”
SFL Mobile Radio and Sure Business systems are proud to have donated the radios and be able to help our local community.
Are you looking to utilize two-way radios to improve communications and maintain social distancing throughout an establishment but don’t know where to start? Give our team a call on 0151 334 9160 and we can assist you with any requirement you have.
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