Coronavirus / Covid-19

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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