Coronavirus / Covid-19

May 2021 update:
We are reopening with some changes. The biggest changes are the pre-booking / reservation system. Please click on 'Make a Reservation' in the menu to find out more and all our upcoming diary dates
Other changes include:
  • Limiting the number of those that can attend
  • Contactless payments are now available at the door

April 2021 update:
We are now working toward reopening starting, provided nothing changes with the guidance, on the end of May Bank Holiday 2021. Our future workshops will then run monthly, first Tuesday of each month, staring in July. The May workshop will be a double workshop to compensate for no workshops the next day, the first Tuesday in June.

All our workshops will run with 'table reservations' and contactless payments at the door for those that reserved tables, but you can still pay cash. Links to make a reservation will be shared via email and on our Facebook page and group.

Workshop fees are £3.25 per person for a two hour session.

Cancellations for table reservation are required, no later than 48 hours before, so the table can be given to someone else.

Failure to attend on the day or being 15 minutes, or more, late will result in your reservation being given to someone else.

March 2021 update:
We continue to remain in an uncertain position not knowing when we can reopen workshops. We are looking at other ways to help the communities in Merthyr Tydfil.
We are looking at or working on:
  • Weekly YouTube tutorials - Ongoing project running
  • A second free craft pack project - at the 'Registration of Interest' stage - last date for registrations is 05/04/2021

January 2021 update:
We remain in an uncertain position not knowing when we can reopen workshops.

December 2020 update:
As this many organisations like ours, knowing when we can and cannot open is changing all the time. However, to be prepared, here are a number of changes and processes Taff Rocks have put in place:
  • We will be carrying out regular risk assessments on a workshop by workshop basis and ensuring that all our volunteers read them.
  • We will be cleaning, handwashing and putting into practice other hygiene procedures in line with guidance.
  • Masks / face coverings are to be worn by volunteers and workshop user aged 11 and over.
  • A 2mtr distance to be observed.
  • Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance.
  • We are offering contactless payments (credit or debit cards) so you don't need to pay by cash 
  • There will be limits on the amount of people who can be at a workshop, in line with guidance
  • To ensure we are not oversubscribed and to prevent disappointment when we are at capacity, we will be:
    • Offering a pre-booked table system - this will be done online
    • Two people from the same household or care 'bubble' can share a table
  • Pens and resources are 'exclusive' to each table.
  • The library will not be available until further notice.
    • This is because, with Taff Rocks not having a permanent home, it is difficult to quarantine the books
  • At St. John's, we will not be using the kitchen or offering refreshments.

We need to make you aware of the following:
St John's does have toilet facilities, these are not regularly cleaned by the Taff Rocks volunteers. Therefore, please use your discretion when using the facilities.

March 2020 update:

As with many other companies, organisations and, of course, individuals, the non-social media side of Taff Rocks is affected by the self-isolation and social distancing guidance.

Here is a list of how it is affecting Taff Rocks, and many other rock painting groups too:
  • All of our public events are postponed
  • We are advising you to keep hold of your creates and finds. 
    • Keep creating and keeping! This will help with your mindfulness and any boredom.
    • Share them all at a later date. Keep them for a massive celebratory sharing day.
  • If you find a rock in the wild, if you pick it up, wash your hands!
  • But we'd rather you just took a photo and leave it where it is for now!
  • Ideally, please stay at home, stay safe and be well! 
The Taff Rocks funding, for local Aberfan and Merthyr Vale workshops, should be fine, so we can carry on with workshops when we all come out of this current situation.

The Taff Rocks funding, for Merthyr Tydfil borough-wide workshops, has a six month extension on it. We are uncertain of what will happen beyond the six months

The committee that runs Taff Rocks for the community (not the Facebook page, group or website), no longer meet face-to-face but are in daily contact via social media, WhatsApp, email or video chats.

Taff Rocks will concentrate on the website to bring you new tutorials and ideas for you to try whilst you are at home.

Until we are all given the go-ahead to get out in the wild with our friends:
  • Please practice good social distancing 
  • Take care of yourself and your family.
  • Please, where possible, help others who cannot help themselves.
    • Always use preventative measures when helping others - for yourself and them.
Taff Rocks is in safe hands, we will be back!

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