New Ark update 3 August 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is having a massive impact on New Ark. Our income has dropped and we have been unable to run our usual fundraisers. Here is the latest update:

  • We are not able to run the recently advertised all day childcare summer provision, as uptake was low and we could not make it work financially. We have instead organised 2 afternoon playground sessions a week, which are fully booked. We will advertise on Facebook if any spaces become available.
  • We are unable to accept any visitors to our playground/city farm this summer. We need to minimise the risk of coronavirus transmission, and get our main building ready for September so we can fully reopen the preschool.
  • Currently it looks like we will be unable to offer our afterschool club in September. We take children from different schools, classes and age groups, and would need to separate them into the same “bubbles” as their school day.
  • We are currently planning how we can run a holiday club during October half term and the associated costs.

We thank everyone for their patience. The volunteer management committee of New Ark are looking carefully at our future, and we will need to make some tough decisions going forward. If you have any offers of help or ideas please do get in touch with us on 01733 340605.