This week our Zoom Coffee Morning focussed on the question of re-starting your community group. Kim Launert from the Imperial Rooms in Matlock joined us and explained how they were managing room hire at the centre. The discussion was further stimulated by contributions from a number of our participants representing a variety of groups.
One particular issue is around the responsibility of cleaning equipment such as tables, chairs, and touch points like light switches, and this is where the Imperial Rooms is fortunate in that they employ staff who will do this between each booking. For some groups the responsibility of having to arrive earlier to clean everything before using it and then stay late to clean afterwards is an extra burden. As one group said, ‘we need twice as many volunteers now’ and, as we all know, volunteers can be hard to find.