Temporary changes to operations at Kindred in light of Covid-19

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been having some sleepless nights recently. As a business owner, a family member and a citizen, there are countless worries that I know are shared by most if not all of you. I wanted to send each and every one of you as much positive energy as I can, and say to you that I know we will get through this together as a community.

 

Kindred’s stance on the current situation is that we could be doing more to protect our community, with particular regard to people who are vulnerable in their health. To do this, we are going to be initiating our own social distancing measures by cancelling all upcoming events, both private and public, for the next 30 days from Thursday 19th March, (to be reviewed thereafter according to government guidance). For us, we do this with a heavy heart as we know a lot of you enjoy our events and may have bought tickets or made deposits for bookings, but we feel strongly that we need to show leadership and take responsibility in keeping our community as safe as possible.

 

For those of you who have paid deposits for events up until the 19th April, you will have the option to keep the deposit and use it towards another booking in the future, or we can refund your deposits in full. For those of you who have paid for tickets online, please write to bookings@wearekindred.com with the last four digits of the card number you used to purchase and the date of purchase and we will refund you.

 

In regards to our co-working members; we appreciate that now is an incredibly uncertain time, so I wanted to offer you the option to pause your membership at no cost from the 1st April for one month, (to be reviewed at the end of April). We will remain open to co-working members for now in accordance with government guidance, but if Kindred is to close fully, we will pause all co-working memberships at no additional cost. We will be reducing floor and bar service throughout the building from the beginning of next week so if you would like to order food and drink, you can still do that from the Cellar on the ground floor.

 

While we call this ‘Social Distancing’, what we really mean by this is ‘Physical Distancing’. For an organisation that is all about combatting loneliness and bringing people together, we are extremely aware of how harmful this distancing could be for a lot of us. Isolation and loneliness is not something to take lightly, and with the stress and anxiety, people are experiencing, if anything, now is the time to be more connected than ever before. At Kindred, we will be offering daily video hangouts, virtual events, and other online forms of connection to our whole community, so please watch out for updates. In the meantime, please do feel free to reach out to me on anna@wearekindred.com to tell me about your experience, any ideas you may have for virtual events, or any stresses or anxieties that we may be able to help with.

 

If I’ve learnt anything over the past year and a half of running Kindred, it’s that this community is extraordinary. It’s optimistic, it’s supportive and it’s smart, and I know that together we will pull through to the other side of this thing.

 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out, and as always stay safe, healthy and connected.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

Anna Anderson | Co-Founder & Director of Kindred