Lockdown Update 2021

May 17th is an important milestone in the UK government roadmap out of lockdown and how it affects things we can do in England and within our organisation. 
 
The guidelines allowed for community centres to open from April 12th, however, it has been quite limited on what we could do indoors. We are now able to run a number of our activities indoors again. In a number of cases the guidelines allow for us to run activities exempt from the general rule of six, as they are organised and structured in a manner to be as safe as possible. All our staff and volunteers have undertaken to take Lateral Flow Tests once or twice weekly, depending upon working pattern, and a number of our frontline staff have received both doses of the vaccination. 
 
The activities we are running are as follows:
  • Millman Street day centre is open and we are able to welcome back partner activities, such as Akademi, Tai Chi and others
  • Some of our long-standing relationships who hire our centres are returning over the next couple of months. It will be great to see them back in the centre in person. Many have got used to zoom and will be continuing in a hybrid format, meeting in person and on zoom.
  • Arts are running a comprehensive programme, in person and on zoom. Activities such as Pottery, Make and Mend, Media Arts Club, Carers Art group to name but a few have all returned.
  • Gymnastics has now returned for physical sessions, run by our amazing accredited gymnastics coaches and hosted by OneKx, Cromer St. 

The May 17th date does allow for a bit more easing and as the government requests of us to do this with caution. It is a balance for us between being able to open things up and assessing the risks in doing so. Rest assured though we are monitoring the risks very carefully and reviewing the situation regularly. If you have any questions please do get in touch with us. Click here to read our FAQs document, giving further details how COVID-19 impacts our centres and activities, as well as giving assurance of what we have done and are doing to keep us COVID-secure.