Our park and playgrounds remain open

Our park and playgrounds remain open

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Following the announcement of a new lockdown from Thursday 5th November, we have had to make a number of changes to how we deliver some of our services. Please see below for up to date information on all of our programmes. We will continuously update this page to reflect any changes in guidance. 

Park and Playgrounds (open 10am to dusk) Our park and playgrounds will remain open for local children and families aged 16 and under. We ask that all visitors adhere to the new social distancing rules which you can see by clicking the link below. In summary: visitors can only meet with others from their household or their support bubble or with one person from another household (rule of 2). Children under school age and those providing essential care for a child alongside their parent (such as a carer for a child with a disability) are not counted in the rule of two. Full details can be found here

Football Pitches and Basketball Courts: Our pitches will remain open for schools during the week between 10am-3.30pm (as part of the education framework) and for families and children under the age of 16 years,  after school and on the weekends. Families and children can use the pitches as a space for outdoor activities (e.g. family games) but must do so in line with the social distancing rules detailed above – this means that only a small number of users will be able to use the pitches at any given time. Unfortunately, there will be no access to our pitches during lockdown for those aged over 16 years. Pitches will now close in line with park closing at dusk.

Our basketball courts are in the main part of the park and are open for use by families/children and those in a support bubble as above. Visitors are not able to book our football pitches or basketball courts during lockdown therefore we are asking that users self-manage their use of the facilities and are considerate of others that may be using the space at the same time.

 No group sporting activity is permitted outside of school usage or that of our Out of School Club (extended childcare). All commercial bookings and organised group bookings will cease after Wednesday 4th November (bookings on Wednesday will go ahead as normal) until the end of the current lockdown.

Our Nursery will remain open throughout the lockdown period, for further information or to enquire about a place at our Nursery, please contact Carole Perry on carole@coramsfields.org.uk or see our Nursery page here

Our Out of School Club (OSC) will continue to run in its current bubble set up throughout the lockdown period, including providing pick ups from our four feeder primary schools. For further information or to enquire about places at our OSC, please contact Kate Gardner at kate@coramsfields.org.uk

Community Sports Programme: We have now received guidance from Sport England and the government regarding what we can and can’t deliver during the lockdown period. Whilst we are unable to run group based community sports, we will continue to offer one to one support for local families considered to be most in need as well as maintaining our school provision in Argyle Primary School, including our dedicated work with young girls. You can see more information on our lockdown programme here, or contact our Head of Youth and Sport, Naz Deen, for more information naz@coramsfields.org.uk

 Youth Programme: Our Youth Programme is now following updated guidance from UK Youth, following further guidance from the government. We’re delighted to be continuing some face to face work for young people during these difficult times, along with a programme of virtual support. This includes the delivery of face to face employment support, specialist group work sessions and community outreach. For more information on the current programme, please contact Daniel Jourdan, daniel@coramsfields.org.uk

Under 5s: Our Under 5s Drop in remains closed until further notice

Volunteer: Volunteering is still allowed. This is one of the circumstances in which people are allowed to meet others from outside their household/support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and must be within a covid-secure environment.

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Thanks to all those that have supported us!

In April 2020, we launched our first ever Emergency Appeal due to the devastating impact of Covid-19. The response from our community has been nothing short of phenomenal. People have been donating and fundraising to raise vital funds to help us through the crisis. On our JustGiving page over £67,500 has been raised so far by over 880 people, which has smashed our original target of £50,000.

To those that have already supported us, thank you so much! The emergency funds raised will make an incredible difference in helping us to be resilient through this crisis and provide vital support to children and young people.

But our future is still uncertain. A large portion of our income is generated through hiring our football pitches and halls to local businesses. This crucial funding raised through our hires stopped overnight at the start of the lockdown in March. We were up and running again for a short while as restrictions began to lift, but the second lockdown has put our progress at risk again.

For those that haven’t yet done so, we still really need your support – please consider making a donation or taking on a fundraising challenge to help our efforts: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/SaveCoramsFields

This Christmas, we are also launching our Carry Change campaign. Children in our Out of School Club have been designing special artwork to feature on our exclusive Coram’s Fields tote bag. By starting a regular gift to Coram’s Fields, you will receive a tote bag and #CarryChange for local children and young people who rely on our facilities and services. You’ll help children to have the best possible start in life through this difficult time.

If we know your gift will arrive every month, we can plan for the future because we know we’ll have a steady income stream to rely on. This is crucial in such uncertain times. The bags will be here mid-November, but you can bag your tote bag early by starting a regular gift today.

Many thanks for your patience and support during this time.

The team at Coram’s Fields