Covid-19 Restrictions, regular services & alternatives
- what we're doing and updates:
With restrictions, Tier Levels & Lockdowns all changing frequently, our regular group sessions are closed during Lockdowns & when we're under Tier 4 restrictions - but we are open when South Somerset is in Tiers 1/2/3.
When regular group, social sessions are suspended, we're still busy finding ways to help young people, children & families. We can offer support for individuals aged 11+ remotely, online & in some circumstances, in-person. We also put a varied mix of fun/active/creative ideas on our Facebook pages, along with info, updates & other links. Additionally, we have Zoom / other meetings with staff & volunteers, to plan services during restrictions & for our return (and are open to requests / suggestions from service users for other ways that we might help).
We've been delighted to provide 'more normal' services, when allowed, with Centre-based services in Chard (at The Youth Centre) and outdoors at Henhayes in Crewkerne. We will hopefully be back soon with our Youth Zone & Fun Time services at both Chard Youth Centre & at The George Reynolds Centre in Crewkerne. Please check facebook for details.
Unfortunately, other locations will have to wait for lighter evenings & more outdoor opportunities, before we can consider returning elsewhere in 2021.
We continue to train our team & develop how we work, to maintain our Covid-Secure status & keep services as safe & enjoyable as possible, in the circumstances & changing times. Indeed, our rethink has provided some great, new opportunities to improve our facilities & introduce new (easy sanitise / low-touch / socially distanced) equipment & fun, with Hover Boards, a Hover-Kart, Air Hockey, Basketball & loads more great new stuff.
In an often rapidly-changing world, we're now providing service updates and news on our Facebook pages only (so apologies if this website lags behind & is slightly out of date). Our Facebook pages can be found at:
* The pace of change means that, although we have a comprehensive set of Covid-Secure Risk Assessments & measures, we are not posting these online, as they are subject to continual review & updating, as restrictions, policy & the law changes. We are happy to provide the latest versions of these or discuss any queries you may have - simply contact us with your details & query & we'll get back in touch.
The continued partnership & support of our key funders & contract holders (Chard Area Youth Committee*, Crewkerne Town Council & South Somerset District Council) are massively appreciated!
*who, in turn, receive support from Chard Town Council & SSDC
Keep staying safe & hopefully see you soon!
Active Learning & Skills is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated in 2008, currently delivering services for teenagers and children in South Somerset.
During school holidays, we usually run bonus 'Fun-Time-Day-Time' activity days and also free 'Play Days' with & for South Somerset District Council - sadly these have had to be been cancelled for Summer 2020.
Please watch our pre-Covid video, made with the children and young people of ALS.
ALS is delighted to be/have been supported, part-funded and/or work in partnership with:
Somerset County Youth & Community Group Grants
South Somerset District Council
Crewkerne, Chard and Ilminster Town Councils
South Petherton, Combe St Nicholas and Merriott Parish Councils
The George Reynolds Centre, Crewkerne
Chard Young People's Centre
Ile Youth Centre
Yarlington Housing Group