22 May We’re back open but things are a little different
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Throughout the lockdown, we were delighted to be able to provide free parking facilities for NHS staff and families attending Great Ormond Street Hospital. However, our park and playgrounds are now open again for our local community, 7 days a week. Our priority is to provide families with essential, safe access to green, open space. See below for further details on the reopening of the park and our plans for reopening our services.
Park, playground and sports facilities
27th July – Extended park opening and playgrounds (7 days a week):
We are now open seven days a week, from 10am-5pm.
We’re delighted to inform you that the sports pitches will be open from Monday 3 August 2020 in line with government guidance and the FA’s guidelines for safely opening sports facilities and venues.
The pitches are now available for bookings and can be done so online via Playfinder who manage our bookings either via phone 0333 300 3477 or through their website: https://www.playfinder.com/london/venue/coram-s-fields
Freeplay is available for various age groups and you can find more information via the following link: https://www.coramsfields.org/sport-facility-hire/
In addition, to ensure the safety of our park visitors there will be a strict enforcement of adults only being allowed to enter the pitches via the back gate on Brunswick Square unless they are accompanying a young person under the age of 16.
- Our changing rooms remain closed until further notice.
- Toilets are fully open.
Our café is now open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11am-4.30pm.
As we open up more parts of our site over the coming weeks, and with strict government restrictions around social distancing still in place, the park will look and feel very different. Initially, we will be limiting access to the park to no more than 300 at a time, with families permitted to stay for up to 1.5hrs only in busy periods.
- All toilets are open.
- Visitors are asked to kindly take all of their litter away with them.
- Please use the hand sanitiser available across the site.
Access to the park and sports areas will be restricted based on current government guidelines https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing#meeting-family-and-friends – please check for updates before visiting and to avoid being refused entry.
On the 15th June, we were able to open our Nursery doors once again and it was great to see some of the children after such a long period of closure. For full updates, or to enquire about a place, contact our Head of Early Years, Carole Perry – firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of School Club
Following on from government guidance we are able to operate a Play Scheme from 27th July – 21st August 2020. The scheme will be split up into three bubbles, subject to demand, and priority will be given to those referred through Camden and key workers, but we also expect to have some space for others, who might want to join the scheme. For further details on the scheme and how to book, contact OSC Manager Kate Gardner – email@example.com
Whilst we are hoping to operate our after school club service we are still awaiting guidance, if you do have a query or are interested in registering for a space please contact Kate.
Despite not being able to open our Youth Centre over the last three months, our youth work team have been working to ensure that our young people don’t miss out on vital support, through a weekly programme of virtual activities. With our centre unlikely to be able to reopen its doors until September, for now we’ll be taking our support directly to the young people on estates and popular hang outs across the local area. Thanks to the Youth Music Trust, our youth workers will be kitted out with an outreach bike and trailer full of music recording equipment, enabling young people to produce and edit music and videos without having to come to the centre. For further details, contact Youth Programme Manager Daniel Jourdan firstname.lastname@example.org
With strict guidelines still in place for community sports, we think it’s going to be a little while until we’re able to start our Sports Programme up again. To make sure that our young people are not missing out, our sports team will be teaming up with our Youth Work team, to provide virtual sporting activities between now and the summer holidays. From July, our sports team will also be working alongside our youth team to deliver a programme of local outreach, providing one to one and small group sessions for young people. For further details, contact Sports Development Officer Meghann McKeever on email@example.com or our Head of Youth and Sports, Naz Deen on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all those that have supported us!
As many of you will know, the closure of Coram’s Fields resulted in a huge loss of income for the charity, and left us facing an uncertain future. In April, we launched an Emergency Appeal to support our efforts to keep Coram’s Fields open and to ensure that the vital support that we provide for local families, continues into the future.
The response from the community over the last two months has been nothing short of phenomenal, with over 750 individuals donating and taking on challenges to help us reach our £50,000 fundraising target. However, as we begin to reopen the park, we simply can’t afford to be complacent. To those that have already supported us, thank you so much!
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/SaveCoramsFieldsDonate now
Many thanks for your patience and support during this time and we look forward to welcoming you back in the weeks ahead.
The team at Coram’s Fields