Spectrum the Charity are currently facing one of the biggest challenges we have experienced in our history due to COVID-19. Although we fared well during the lockdowns, Cornwall is now experiencing one of the highest infection rates in the UK and the staffing crisis in social care is having a further massive impact on our ability to support autistic people.
Given this crisis our Board of Trustees have asked us to delay proceeding with the Spectrum Art Award until late February 2022 in order we can concentrate on these issues. We fully appreciate this is short notice, but we believe the numbers of COVID-19 cases are likely to surge in the next two months and our time will be needed to support not just our service users, but our valued team members who have now been delivering a front-line care service for the past 18 months.
We know many of you will all be disappointed with this news, but we hope you understand the reason our Board of Trustees have needed to make this difficult decision.
The first round of judging will take place at the end of February 2022 but please do keep an eye on the website and our social media for updates
All best wishes
The Spectrum Art Award