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A note from the Chairman

January 2021

COVID-19 is enforcing a little adaptation and some temporary (at least we hope so) novelty to proceedings. Please note that face coverings are now a requirement for all users of our building unless  the task cannot be completed without one (e.g. eating; drinking; exercise). As I write this, we are in  Lockdown #3, so we won't get to see many of you for a while but it's good to be aware that we  expect many rules to still apply when we can return to some level of normality - at least in the  short term. If you have any questions, please contact us using our contact page. For those still  planning a comeback, please can I recommend reading the regularly updated government advice  and the Riverside Risk Assessment (updated regularly)

COVID-19 has cost the Riverside Arts Centre around £20,000 by the end of 2020 and that figure is  likely to increase by another £5-10,000 in early 2021. Although trying to reduce all expenditure  whilst closed, it's impossible to remove all maintenance, insurance, and running costs. Run entirely  by volunteers, the RAC typically runs just over costs so that it can provide a space for the arts and  the community without breaking the bank. Any 'profit' is reinvested in its facilities to make it even  better for our community. This year has caused us to break considerably into our reserves. Consequently, I have launched a “gofundme page“ which has had a great response so far (for which we are truly thankful). Any donation will help make an impact in keeping  Riverside running in the way we've been used to and allow us to continue to serve our community.  Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us and we hope to  see you at some point soon. 

James Ford-Bannister , Chairman

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