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From the Coordinadora de Mentoria Social, the 2020 European Mentoring Summit co-organizers, a Spanish platform that promotes quality mentoring in the field of social action and, therefore, the development of trust bonds between people, we have been thinking about the impact that COVID-19 can have on the programs and we have put together a list of suggestions to help mentoring programs adjust to the social distancing context.
This document is a support tool, rather than a guide to be strictly followed, which we make available not only to social mentoring programs but also to any project that assists people in vulnerable situations. Thus, the indications that we give here are to be adapted to the different realities, objectives and profiles of the targeted people.
In addition to the obligations and recommendations that the different governments are encouraging, we believe that mentoring programs can contribute to improving the situation by developing a highly valuable task of emotional support and assistance, especially for the most vulnerable people.
Since our routines have changed and our movements’ activity has been restricted, it is easy for some people to feel overwhelmed and to tend to isolate themselves, thus intensifying their vulnerability. That is why now, more than ever, we need support networks, safety spaces and comforting relationships.
In this regard, mentoring programs take on a more than relevant meaning in the present time: only if we feel connected will we be able to face this situation with the willpower, patience and state of mind that it requires.
Consequently, circumstances lead us to incorporate a claim in this very introduction: Internet access as a first-order right for all people. In order to maintain mentoring relationships during social distancing, access to communications becomes a crucial element that will determine the quality and impact of our support. Hence our appeal to public administrations, as well as to large companies in the telecommunications sector, to do everything in their power to guarantee this access, especially for the most vulnerable populations.
From the Coordinadora, we want to help maintain the support network and ensure that the most vulnerable people can continue to count on the spaces of trust provided by the relationships with their mentors.
Thus, we are at your disposal for whatever need and, above all, we encourage you to adapt your projects to ensure that ties are maintained, even if remotely.
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This document has been drafted by the different organizations that are part of the Coordinadora de Mentoria Social to support all those mentoring and assistance projects that encounter difficulties in maintaining active relations during the exceptional situation created by the expansion of COVID-19.
We encourage organizations worldwide to make a list of resources for projects and mentors that fit their needs and their context. From our side, we have created a list (in Spanish) of specific resources, and you can find it on our website.
We put ourselves at the disposal of all those organizations and people who need our support: email@example.com
These past few days have been tough on us. With the unexpected situation with the COVID-19, having to postpone the 2020 European Mentoring Summit, which we had been organizing for months now, has not been easy. However, we wanted to let you all know that this is not a defeat, but we are taking it as a new opportunity. An opportunity to make a better and bigger Summit!
For some days now, our team has been working from home. As you may already know, the situation with the coronavirus in Spain is having quite an impact on our lives, and we have decided to stay home and safe. We keep working from home to communicate with you all, as well as to start rethinking the Summit. We hope that everything will be back to normal by October and that we finally will get the chance to meet you all.
Our area of work, mentoring, is surely being affected by the new circumstances, and the people who are probably suffering the most are the mentees. On our side, the Coordinadora de Mentoria Social’s team is doing its best to find new opportunities and ways to keep the mentoring projects alive. Difficult times require creative solutions! That is why we encourage you all to keep imagining ways to stay in touch with your teams while staying safe. In October, when we finally meet, we will all have plenty of stories to tell, and new experiences to share.
Hopefully, by then our societies will be rethinking their ways and learning from this whole situation. The extreme measures we are now experiencing from our governments are also exposing the deficiencies in our administrations and societies, and this will probably lead to a new paradigm. Let’s all look at this as a new opportunity where our organizations and universities can raise their work and speak out about the social issues in which the mentoring sector has so much to say.
Until then, stay safe!
Dear European Mentoring Summit Presenters and Attendees,
As you know, we have been in lockstep communication with the Spanish and Catalan health authorities, the city of Barcelona, and our presenters and attendees regarding the unexpected situation with the coronavirus. At this time, due to the inordinate amount of travel restrictions imposed on attendees at both national and international levels, as well as to the risks this mobility may entail, we have decided to postpone the 2020 European Mentoring Summit.
It is a question of major forces that have made us postpone the Summit, in line with guidance from the World Health Organization and based in a concrete recommendation from the Catalan Health Department. As the Catalan Government is one of the official co-organizers, this piece of advice is mandatory to them. It is in the best interest of public health and the safety of our participants that we have had to make this difficult decision. We apologize for all the inconveniences this decision may cause.
Thank you for your support, loyalty, and patience. We look forward to hosting you from the 7th to the 9th of October of this same year. We will maintain your registrations to the Summit, and we will make our best to keep the same structure and activities as planned. If you find that you are unable to attend the Summit in October, you are welcome to send a colleague in your place. Most of the keynote speakers have already confirmed that they will be able to make it in October. We are confident that we will be able to offer you a great experience. Until then, our sympathies are with those affected by COVID-19.
We hope you understand this difficult decision that we have made in the best interest of all the attendees and to ensure that we will offer you all the best experience. As always, you can contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions regarding the new situation.
* Please, note that the 2020 European Mentoring Summit has finally been rescheduled due to the situation with the coronavirus. Read all you need to know about the new dates here: https://mentoringsummit.eu/2020-european-mentoring-summit-postponed-to-7th-9th-of-october-2020/
Our organization is continuously monitoring the Coronavirus and we are adopting measures to minimize any potential implications that it may have on the European Mentoring Summit 2020.
We have a full program with more than 39 workshops and 9 Keynote Speakers, and Summit registrations are abundant, being slightly ahead of the European Mentoring Summit 2018 edition numbers, which were the largest to date. The Summit’s staff in Barcelona is enthusiastically working against the clock to have everything ready for the Summit. We are all excited and looking forward to seeing you there.
European Mentoring Summit and the COVID-19 Virus Update – 4th March 2020
While the situation remains dynamic, to this date, the World Health Organization, the USA’s Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Spanish Health Ministry all confirm that there is no reason to defer travel to Spain. Since the outbreak of the virus, approximately two months ago, there have been numerous international meetings held in Europe and Spain in particular.
Spain, and especially Barcelona, is currently perceived as being a safe location to be during this viral outbreak. Compared to other regions in Spain, Catalonia has fewer cases of coronavirus, all of them from people who have travelled to at-risk zones, and the virus outbreak is being successfully controlled, with no local cases reported. Nonetheless, the European Mentoring Summit is taking prudent actions to address concerns about the virus by providing accurate disinfection of public surfaces touched by hands, such as doorknobs, counters, tablets, etc., and adding hand sanitary dispensers throughout the venue.
We continue to monitor the situation closely, reviewing daily updates from WHO, CDC, and Spanish and Catalan Health Authorities. Upon review of their guidance, we will adjust our response as needed and alert all attendees via email and the Summit’s website.
The European Mentoring Summit management, partners, and vendors are monitoring the ongoing developments and continue to follow guidance from health organisations and expert recommendations. We are fully committed to taking appropriate precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment for attendees.
European Mentoring Summit management will:
• Follow recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the policies of the Spanish and Catalan government.
• Provide healthcare guidelines for registrants and onsite personnel.
• Respond to questions from speakers and attendees about the precautions taken at the European Mentoring Summit.
Management is planning to implement measures to include, but not necessarily be limited to:
• Increased cleaning and disinfection process across all high-volume touchpoints, e.g. catering areas, surfaces, handrails, restrooms, entrances/exits, etc., along with the use of cleaning/sanitizing materials and products.
• Availability of sanitizing and disinfection materials for public use.
We strongly encourage attendees to monitor and implement appropriate guidelines and protocols as suggested by the WHO and other health authorities to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus. Up-to-date WHO advice can be found here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ
1. What can I do as an attendee to protect myself and others?
We strongly urge attendees to monitor and implement appropriate guidelines and protocols as suggested by the WHO and other health authorities to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus.
Up-to-date WHO advice can be found here:
Up-to-date CDC advice can be found here:
Up-to-date Spanish Health Ministry advice can be found here:
Up-to-date Catalan Government advice can be found here:
Here are some easy ways to protect yourself and other attendees, as recommended by the WHO:
1. Wash your hands frequently: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.
2. Practice respiratory hygiene: When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
3. Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
Feel free to not shake hands or participate in other types of greetings by politely citing your concerns about preventing infection.
For more information, visit the WHO’s advice page.
2. What is the Spanish government saying about COVID-19?
The Spanish Government has issued statements ensuring the public that Spain is a safe place to travel to and hold meetings.
3. How will the European Mentoring Summit communicate any updates?
European Mentoring Summit will update attendees and speakers via weekly e-newsletters, dedicated emails, and on the website, www.mentoringsummit.eu.
4. Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact Laura Llinàs at email@example.com