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.
Chair of Trustees.