Yes, we are still open 🙂. The gov.uk website states this about support groups:
Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support – but they must take place at a premises other than a private home. This includes, but is not limited to, support to victims of crime, people in drug and alcohol recovery, new parents and guardians, people caring for those with long-term or terminal illnesses, or who are vulnerable, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, those who have suffered bereavement, and vulnerable young people, including for them to meet youth workers.
Please make sure that you have a facemask and keep two metres apart when visiting. Hand sanitiser is available onsite and we will be checking temperatures on arrival using the infrared checker.
We will not be offering drinks or snacks during this time, so please bring a bottle of water or a flask for a hot beverage.
We’ve just had our last meeting of the year and we’d like to thank everyone who’s helped the group keep going during these difficult times. I think we can say it’s not been an easy year! 🙂
However, the group is going strong thanks to everyone’s collective efforts: visiting, posting in the forum, helping book events, volunteering, and/or joining the online meetings.
New Year, new room
In the new year we’ll be meeting upstairs as there’s been a change around at the Centre. When you come to the building, please enter via the front door and head up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, head right through the door to find us.
The upstairs area has been completely refurbished and has a kitchenette area. There’s a side room that’ll become our new changing room and there’s a unisex bathroom at the end of the hall. The latter has two large illuminated mirrors, so spot on for sorting your makeup out.
We’ve confirmed our booking dates with the Centre and we will be adding them to the site calendar in due course.
January 14th and 28th
February 11th and 25th
March 11th and 25th
April 8th and 22nd
May 13th and 27th
June 10th and 24th
July 8th and 22nd
August 12th and 26th
September 9th and 23rd
October 14th and 28th
November 11th and 25th
Here’s to happy holidays and meeting up again soon.
With the Chameleons qualifying as a support group and having had our meeting approach signed off, the group have been meeting since late September.
We have our own entrance away from others. This is located at the side of the building and this overlooks the sports pitch.
Using a temperature gun, we check everyone on arrival.
We maintain a two metre gap between attendees and mask wearing is compulsory (unless you have a medical condition).
Once through the reception area, the main room is set up with a long arc of tables and they seat no more than two people at either end.
We make a note of contact details (which we keep private) and these would only be used in an emergency situation.
We ask that attendees bring the right change to help reduce handling money.
We use the Accessable toilet situated at the end of the corridor and this is restricted to our user only.
The kitchen is currently closed to help maintain a one way system, so everyone brings there own soft drink.
Each day, the Centre staff ‘smoke’ the building to treat all surfaces, spaces, and touch points to help reduce transmission risk. The Centre is also split into front and back zones to reduce exposure.
With the above in place for our last few meetings, members had this to say:
“I am very Covid cautious and try to avoid taking any unnecessary risks. I was initially nervous about going back – but after my first return meeting I now think that Chams is a very Covid-safe environment.” D.
“I have been to all three meetings since lockdown and feel totally that everyone is doing their bit to stay safe.” C.
“I can honestly say I have not felt safer covid-wise anywhere else in an indoor public setting.” M.
We hope that the above comments from members help inform you that everyone is doing their best in these difficult times. We hope that you will feel safe to attend and socialise in a safe space, suitably distanced.
If you have any questions about the above, please get in touch via the Forum or using the Contact Us page.
With the COVID19 situation continuing to change, our August meetings are now on hold. As much as we would love to reopen and meet up, our health and the wellbeing of others is very important.
As well as our forum, we have an online meeting every Thursday night at around 8.30pm using a secure and anonymous meeting system, Jitsi. Further details for the online meetings can be found in the forum.
With immediate effect, all meetings for Nottingham Chameleons are cancelled until at June 2020. We will review the situation as the COVID19 situation develops and official news will be on the home page.
We apologise for any inconvenience and understand this may be upsetting for some of you. However, for the safety of our members and the general public, we feel this is the appropriate action to take.
Please use the Forum for socialising, keeping in touch, etc. If you are in need of support, please post in the Forum or use the contact page.
The Community Centre staff have explained that our existing bookings will remain as is and we will not be charged during the closure.