An update on hoot services

Based on the Government’s announcements on the 12th July, and in conjunction with the rising case numbers in the Kirklees area, the hoot team are busy at work reviewing what this means for our sessions returning in-person. 

The majority of building works have been completed increasing ventilation within the building, and we are carefully considering what the removal of legal guidance means for how we keep people visiting the hoot building safe & well.

We are now discussing the logistics of:

  • Running shorter but more frequent activities with smaller groups of people
  • Running trial volunteer meetings in-person to test our new building movement protocols
  • Running activities at an outdoor location 
  • Offering activities first to people who have not been able to access our activities since March 2020
  • How running in-person activities might change the online programme

At hoot we maintain our commitment to keeping safe all those people who work here or join in the fun of our creative sessions. To that end we will work hard to enable everyone to participate safely as restrictions lift on 19th July and once again those of us with long term health conditions (LTCs) may feel an increased risk in mixing publicly and in groups.

Through our digital, telephone and blended offer (SPECTRUM) we will support continued, renewed and new engagement in the work at hoot and we look forward to working with you all in the coming weeks and months as we move through this phase of the pandemic together.

What’s next? We want to know more about how those who use our services feel about returning to in-person activities and what would help them to feel safe. To help us to do this, we’ll be asking people who attend hoot to fill out a short form to tell us how they’re feeling. We will keep you updated as our plans develop, and if circumstances change due to local, regional or national restrictions and guidance.

We have a duty of care to every person we work with and as always, our goal is to return in the safest way possible for everyone. 

Gavin Clayton, CEO hoot creative arts

Last updated July 2021

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