As you know, the pandemic is beginning to affect all aspects of all our lives. From every corner of our community of authors and customers we are hearing of conferences and workshops cancelled and postponed, and of practitioners closing businesses while seeking ways to stay in touch with clients and be in a position to provide normal services again when circumstances permit.
At Handspring Publishing we are also thinking very carefully about the implications of this for our own business. We are fortunate that we already work from our various homes, and we are taking all the now accepted precautions to avoid catching and/or transmitting COVID-19. But we are also acutely aware that teachers and therapists – our key customer groups – will understandably need to restrict their spending to the essentials of life.
We are reaching out to let you know that over coming weeks and months we intend to share as much free, continuing education material as we can both from our published books and also, we hope, in collaboration with our dedicated authors. We will continue to send out our monthly newsletter in the hope that the educational content helps focus minds on positive learning experiences and on the future beyond this unprecedented situation.
In short, we intend to stay in touch.
We aim to help you emerge from this crisis better educated, and even better able to care for the client groups you have so diligently served till now. By supporting online learning and by starting conversations about improving skills we should encourage all to look forward to better times ahead.
There is little we can do to delay or avert the economic and health challenges that the current situation presents. But we can plan for the future and continue to believe in the work we and you have done and will surely do again.
We particularly salute all therapists and healthcare providers who will find themselves in the frontline of caring for the public in healthcare settings.
We send all of you our best wishes in the hope that you and those close to you are well – and remain so!
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
From ‘Ulysses’, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)