COVID-19: Emerging from Lockdown
Tuesday 4th May 2021
Emerging from Lockdown
We are carefully re-emerging from lockdown in line with Scottish Government guidelines.
At the end of March 2020, and then again in December after a short period of partial reopening, Out of the Blue closed our public facilities and services in line with government guidelines, to limit the spread of Covid-19. As such we were in the unprecedented position of cancelling events, classes, exhibitions, and closing the cafe, the Bongo Club and Out of the Blueprint- initiatives we have built up over many years.
The Board and staff looked for opportunities to meet the considerable social need generated by the lockdown that were in line with our values. During this period we worked with our young ex-trainee cafe staff team to adapt their working practices to work as volunteers to produce meals for vulnerable and isolated people in the community. Our cafe kitchen – otherwise closed – was made available to produce over 100,000 meals for vulnerable people in Leith in partnership with SCRAN Academy, and Out of the Blueprint operated the Community Recovery EcoPrint Service – a community print project to get support service information to the community.
During the first lockdown period we also undertook an analysis of the impact of COVID 19 on the Creative Practitioners based in Out of the Blue Studios. We shared our research report with Creative Scotland and also made representation to Councillors, MSP’s and MP’s regarding how financial support could be made more effective to those working in the Creative Industries.
Pausing much of our trading activities for two periods of lockdown has had a huge impact on our ability to generate income for social benefit. We have been successful in obtaining and utilising appropriate (and gratefully received) support funding to survive. Out of the Blue is a social enterprise and ordinarily the majority of our income is raised through our activities – activities which we had to put on hold. Despite this we committed to doing all we can to support our staff and resident artists through this difficult time. In line with our organisational values we have offered a rent holiday and rent rebates to all of our resident artists, recognising that like us, many of them are facing a period of significant uncertainty in regard to their income. Returning to trading is imperative for our social enterprise model to flourish.
The Drill Hall Cafe has reopened
Benefiting from the large glass roofed drill hall atrium, we are confident that we can provide plenty of physical distance between customers. We are also able to provide off-site catering – please email DrillHall.email@example.com to enquire.
If you are wanting to hire the right space for socially distanced classes, workshops or events, then investigate the potential of our airy spaces by visiting the space hire section of our website.
If you are a potential stallholder for one of our markets, we are still awaiting Government guidance; in the meantime, please send any enquiries to DrillHall.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out of the Blueprint is back in operation, providing Riso-printing services. Click here for more details.