The Community Engagement team have provided the following update for voluntary and community organisations in the borough:
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 31 November 2020, new national restrictions came into force in England on 5 November 2020 which will significantly impact how voluntary and community organisations deliver services. For community centres and multi-use community facilities this means a temporary closure until (and including) Wednesday 2 December, except for a limited number of exempt activities, including:
- education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that is part of their normal provision)
- childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
- blood donation and food banks
- to provide medical treatment
- for elite sports persons (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), professional dancers and choreographers (in fitness and dance studios)
- for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
- for the purposes of professional film and TV filming
It is so important to look after ourselves and each other during these testing times and we wish you the best over the coming weeks and months. Visit the RBKC Covid-19 web portal to learn about the latest updates. And be sure to review the government website for their guidance on the national lockdown.
Frequently asked questions: Thursday 5 November 2020
- Can I keep my community centre open?
Community centres and multi-use community facilities must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, listed above. For more information on the restrictions and what you can and can’t do visit the government website.
- We run a library-type service for our visitors. Can this activity remain open?
No. unfortunately, such activities are considered non-essential, as well as, high risk.
Residents can continue to enjoy books and other reading material available at North Kensington Library and Chelsea. Visit their website for more details.
- Do childcare activities include Stay & Play and after school provision?
Yes. Early years settings and childminders will remain open, and you can continue to use these settings as normal.
You can access other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, seek work, attend education or training, or for the purposes of respite care for carers.
- What about youth clubs?
Youth centres can remain open for limited essential activities like 1-2-1 work. Covid-secure measures must be taken in all settings.
Other permitted activities include:
- Detached & outreach youth work (outdoor support)
- Drop-in 1-2-1 triage services
- Support groups (indoor activity is allowed with Covid-secure measures in place)
For more information on youth provision visit National Youth Agency.
- What is the latest advice for those in the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ category?
Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required to follow the new national restrictions from Thursday 5 November.
If you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, you will receive a letter from the government addressed personally to you. Your letter is a formal shielding notification, which you can use as evidence for your employer or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that you are advised to follow shielding guidance and should not work outside of your home for the period stated.
For more detailed guidance visit the dedicated GOV.UK webpages. Others living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable are not advised to follow this guidance.
Residents can also contact the Council’s Covid Hub Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm; Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm on 020 7361 4326 or by emailing C19Hub@rbkc.gov.uk.
- Where can service users find more information?
For more information on the national restrictions and what you can and can’t do visit the government website.
You can also visit the RBKC Covid-19 web portal to learn about the latest updates.