Important Information – Corona Virus (Covid-19)

Dear Friends

In light of advice given by the government on Monday 16th March 2020 the Ark is taking steps to limit the spread of the virus and to contribute to the well-being of our staff, volunteers and our friends who use our service.

It is with sadness that we now must suspend all of our activity groups (Friendship club, Craft club and Job club). We will also be closing the café area to the public and no longer running a drop-in meeting place. We appreciate that for several people our café is a source of community and in difficult times community is more important than ever. We will be attempting to find ways of remaining in contact with our patrons to ensure that they are not cut adrift from all support.

We will be honouring existing appointments with our welfare rights worker; however, wherever possible these appointments will be made by telephone rather than face to face. When unavoidable and a face to face appointment is essential if it is already booked, we will keep that appointment.

We are expecting to be able to run a telephone and email advice service but due to existing commitments this service will not be available until Tuesday 21st April. We will endeavour to keep this service available for as long as the situation requires it.

Our AGM was due for Friday 3rd April 2020. This is now postponed indefinitely but our annual report will be printed and made available for interested parties.

Even in turbulent times there are opportunities for us to support, encourage and sustain each other and we will seek to find and make the most of those opportunities.

We pray for good health for all us and hope to return to normality as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

J Tattersfield

John Tattersfield
Chair of Trustees.

The Ark at Christmas

Our last day before Christmas is

Friday 20th December

We will then be re-open on

to Thursday January 2nd

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas and New Year

Closure for building work

The Ark will be closed
Monday 3rd December 2019 until
Tuesday 10
th December 2019.

This is due to building work being completed.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Closed for Annual Leave

The Ark is closed from 28th August 2019 until 10th September 2019 due to staff annual leave.

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes you.

Our opening hours are changing

From September 2nd Joel’s day off will be a Monday not a Friday.
And our opening hours will be;

Monday – 1.30pm -3.30pm for the Friendship Club
Tuesday – 10am -3pm
Wednesday – 10am – 3pm
Thursday – 10am -3pm
Friday – 10am – 3pm.

Please ask about these times if you are unsure.

Half Marathon

On Sunday 21st July 2019 Joel will be running a half marathon to raise funds for the Ark. If you would like to donate please go to

Thank you

The Ark now has a just giving page

We have launched a just giving page to make it easier for people to donate to us. To find the page and make a donation follow this link,

Thank you for your support.

Open for appointments

Hi, following a few weeks of closure during the summer we are pleased to announce that we are now open again. Please contact the centre if you would like to make an appointment.