Our Park & Playgrounds remain open

Our Park & Playgrounds remain open

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Updated 15 January 2021.

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Following the announcement of a national lockdown across England from the 6th January 2020, we are having to make some further changes to the way in which we operate our park and services. Please see below a full update.

Park and Playgrounds (open 9am-4pm – 7 days a week):
Currently, our park and playgrounds remain open during the lockdown period for local families and children aged 16 and under. However, we will be monitoring the use of the park over the coming weeks and should we need to make any changes to the current opening arrangements, we will update this page and our social media channels. The best way to keep up to speed with any updates is to sign up to our mailing list here.

Visitors to the park must adhere to the new national lockdown restrictions, further details of which can be found by clicking here. In summary: visitors can only meet with those in their household or support bubble or for exercise with one other person. You cannot meet socially with people from other households. Children under 5, and up to 2 carers for a person with a disability who need continuous care, are not counted towards the gatherings limit of 2 for exercising outside.

Football Pitches and Basketball Courts:
Our pitches and basketball courts remain open but only as an open space for local families to use. No sporting activity is permitted unless this takes place within the current national lockdown restrictions, i.e. within your own household or support bubble. As an example, a family can use the space for a kick about or to play games. As a precaution, we have removed the football goals from the pitches whilst under the current national restrictions. Pitches will now close in line with the park closing at 4pm. 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. Our football pitches and basketball courts are closed to bookings during the lockdown.

Our Nursery  remains open:
However, we are prioritising support for those with essential childcare needs during the lockdown period. We do still have places available for children aged 2, 3 and 4 years and parents/carers are encouraged to get in touch with the team should they want to book a place, for when the current restrictions are eased. For further information or to enquire about a place for your child, please contact Carole Perry on carole@coramsfields.org.uk or see our Nursery page here.

Our Out of School Club (OSC):
We are currently reviewing the needs of our parents and awaiting further advice from Camden regarding what service is needed during the current school closures to support those requiring essential childcare. For further information or for general enquiries about places at our OSC, please contact Kate Gardner at kate@coramsfields.org.uk

Community Sports Programme:
Our community Sports Programme is only permitted to work on a one to one basis during the current lockdown. We are looking at how we can support those children and young people most in need of support through a programme of one to one, weekly bookable sessions. We’ll be updating this page with more information once we know our plans. For more general information on our sports programme, please contact our Head of Youth and Sport, Naz Deen at naz@coramsfields.org.uk

Youth Programme:
Our Youth programme is permitted to deliver some specialist and one to one work with young people during the lockdown and we are currently developing our programme to ensure that those that need us most, are able to access the support that they require. Details on the programme will be shared here in the coming days however, we expect this to include a programme of face to face homework support, specialist group work, employment support, support for young women and community outreach. For further information on our youth programme, please contact Daniel Jourdan, daniel@coramsfields.org.uk

Under 5s:
Our Under 5s Drop in remains closed at the current time. We know how important the service is for local families and subject to restrictions, we hope to be able to reopen the service by Spring 2021.

Under the current guidance, volunteering outside of people’s household/support bubble is still permitted and we are always looking for new volunteers to get involved in a range of projects across the site, including a number of gardening projects and support with the upkeep and maintenance of the park. If you are interested helping out, we’d love to hear from you. You can find out more by contacting Laure Liarcou, laure@coramsfields.org.uk. All volunteer opportunities are managed in a COVID secure way and all volunteer projects at the current time, take place outside.

To keep up to date with our plans, please sign up to our mailing list here – We will also be updating this page and our TwitterFacebook and Instagram pages with regular updates.

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 £75,000 has been raised so far by over 900 people. In total and including off line donations, the appeal has raised over £100,000, doubling our original target.

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, and current third lockdown, mean that we are yet again facing considerable financial losses.

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

Best wishes

The Team,