In line with national guidance aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus, all Link4Life venues are currently closed to the public.
- Arts and Heritage Resource Centre
- Bowlee Sports Centre
- Heywood Civic Centre
- Hollingworth Lake Country Park
- Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre
- Littleborough Sports Centre
- Middleton Arena
- Rochdale Leisure Centre
- Touchstones Rochdale
Given this is changing day-by-day, we are unable to confirm at this time how long we will be closed for, however we will continue to reassess the situation and provide further updates. During this time we will continue to follow the advice and updates provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Government, Public Health England and NHS.
We will all be spending more and more time at home in the coming weeks and we know that regular exercise and being creative is essential for keeping you as healthy as possible and boosting your mood and that's why we've created Link4Life At Home, giving you a range of Les Mills workouts, on-demand classes and ideas for mindfulness, wellbeing and nutrition. And, we’ll be adding lots more to help you stay active, creative and healthy!
Click here to access Link4Life At Home
We'll keep this web page up to date and also include information on our social media pages so please continue to check regularly.
Latest information and advice from Gov.UK and NHS.UK
- Coronavirus: what you need to do - all the information in one place from the UK government. It includes protecting yourself and others, employment and financial support, school closures, education, childcare, information for businesses, healthcare workers and carers, and more.
- Health information and advice from nhs.uk - includes what to do if you think you've got symptoms.
- Check the NHS website if you have symptoms - includes stay at home advice if you or someone you live with have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, how to access the NHS 111 coronavirus service, how to avoid catching and spreading it and more.
In line with national guidance aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus, Link4Life venues are closed. We know that our venues and activities are important to you and we will get them up and running as soon as it is safe to do so.
Given this is changing day-by-day, we are unable to confirm at this time how long activities may be interrupted, however we will continue to reassess the situation provide a further update at the end of April. During this time we will continue to follow the advice and updates provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Government, Public Health England and NHS.
If you have a health and fitness membership or your child(ren) are currently on Swim Academy swimming lessons, we've automatically stopped your payments until we reopen.
We ask that you do not cancel your direct debit to avoid unnecessary administration when membership can be restarted.
If you have paid up front, in full, for an annual health and fitness membership, it will automatically be extended when we reopen so that the duration of the closure period is added and you do not lose any time.
If you have purchased upfront credits for swimming lessons, your account will be credited with any outstanding credits ready for when swimming lessons restart.
We look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen to enjoy the great programme of entertainment that we have planned and in the meantime we will be rescheduling all shows that are currently planned to take place between now and the end of May.
Our box office and events team are contacting all customers who have purchased tickets. Please note that they will be working through events in date order so we kindly ask for your patience and that you do not attempt to contact us regarding ticket exchanges until we get in touch with you. This will enable us to contact customers as quickly as possible and ensure the best outcome for all.
When we contact you regarding the event(s) that you have booked for, we will be giving you the following options:
1. Keep your tickets for the new date (once we have them); or
2. Turn your purchase into a donation to help to continue to support the vital work that Link4Life does across the Rochdale borough, or
3. Turn your purchase into a credit you can use for other shows.
Link4Life venues are temporarily closed and a number of our team are furloughed workers. During this time, all correspondence will be answered centrally to ensure all queries are dealt with.
We look forward to re-opening our venues, returning to work and welcoming back our customers as soon as is safe to do so.
In order to help restrict the spread of coronavirus, we’ve taken the decision to close the Country Park, which includes the toilets, play areas and cafés.
We know that people are likely to need space and fresh air in the coming weeks and months and we will do all we can to provide access wherever possible as soon as it is safe to do so.
We urge people to stay local and observe social distancing to look after yourselves and one another.
In light of the current situation, along with our colleagues at Rochdale Borough Council, we’ve taken the difficult decision to suspend Dippy in Rochdale.
Dippy in Number One Riverside and the fantastic Dippy exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale have brought joy to many and we’re incredibly proud to have welcomed 110,000 people during his stay in Rochdale, including almost 9,000 schoolchildren from more than 100 schools across the region but the health and safety of our residents and visitors must come first and now is the time to take a pause.
We will review the possibility of reopening Dippy on Tour in Rochdale in the upcoming months.
We would like to thank our visitors, our first class volunteers and the sponsors and supporters of Dippy On Tour, both regional and national, for coming on this journey with us.
We are also grateful to colleagues at the Natural History Museum for giving us this incredible opportunity; it’s been amazing. If we can reopen Dippy in the North West at a future date, we will.
We always wanted Dippy to be just the start of your natural history adventure and, if he’s inspired you to learn more, you can get some amazing facts and resources at the National History Museum website and the Touchstones Online Collections.
Please stay tuned to our social media channels and we will update you as and when we can. will also continue to share interesting dino and natural world inspired facts on the twitter account @dippyontour.
Anyone who has bought tickets to our Dippy events will be contacted in due course and given a full refund.
The current Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic is means significant challenges for everyone, not least, those of us focussed on helping people be active creative and healthy. Over the past weeks leisure centres, gyms, sports centres, leagues, theatres, galleries, cafes and restaurants have all closed their doors.
We know it is challenging for many of our friends out there such as our local sports clubs, creative groups and charities. We know that you are committed to ensuring that people can continue to be active creative and healthy whilst at home and that you are ready to go when we can get back to business as usual.
As a charity, we are of course, facing the same challenges and with determination. Many of us will need a helping hand to get through this so we thought we would share below the help that we have found that is out there.
We hope that sharing this information is helpful to you and we’re happy to have a chat with you and share any insight, advice or support we can. We’re all in this together and together we can keep people active, creative and healthy through this, and long after!
- Sport England - Community Emergency Fund
Description: This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
More info here: https://bit.ly/3aHOXVl
- Arts Council England – Emergency Funding Package
Description: ACE have launched funds to support creative organizations and individual creative practitioners/ artists to get back on their feet, or to continue making work in the future that will mean they can contribute to delivering our new strategy, Let’s Create. Grants of up to £35,000 for organisations and £2,500 for artists are available.
More info here: https://bit.ly/3dOYoUV
- National Lottery Heritage Fund – Heritage Emergency Fund
Description: A fund that organisations can access over the next three-six months as short-term funding to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants of between up to 50,000 will be available.
More info here: https://bit.ly/2R8zQfO
- National Lottery Awards for All – England
Description: Suitable for voluntary or community organisations. Funding decisions over the next six months will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. This is restricted to: Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis; Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19. Grants up to £10,000 available.
More info here: https://bit.ly/3dQHDsv
- Comic Relief
Description: Grants are available for small grassroots groups and charities in England either to help them develop their organisation or to deliver projects that fit with Comic Relief's four strategic themes: children survive and thrive; fighting for gender justice; a safe place to be; mental health matters. Explicitly states their funding is still open during COVID-19. (max. £4,000).
More info here: https://bit.ly/3aFSd3t
- Charities Aid Foundation – Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Description: This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
More info here: https://bit.ly/2UFa2ub
- Curious Minds – Bridging the Gap
Description: Bursaries for freelancers and small or community-based arts organisations based organisations outside the ACE National Portfolio, payable upon approval of a short application. This money should allow those in the cultural education community the space for their own development, and hopefully 'bridge the gap' between now and the receipt of any emergency grants or funding.
More info here: https://bit.ly/2R6qSQe
- Civil Society
Civil Society News has helpfully collated some of the new funding available from a wide range of grant makers, including the National Emergencies Trust and the John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership.
More info here: https://bit.ly/2xGNa4h
- Manchester International Festival
Manchester International Festival has put together an evolving list of resources for the freelance creative community who might be looking for support and guidance.
More info here: bit.ly/39VpaYN
GOVERNMENT Business grants, loans and financial support
The government has created a support package to help businesses during the coronavirus outbreak including Business grants, Business rates holiday, self-employment income support, help paying employee salaries, statutory sick pay rebate and access to grants and loans.
Find out more:
- Rochdale Borough Council have collated information about these here: https://bit.ly/39Hbctk
- Arts Council England have published guidance about government help for arts organisations here: https://bit.ly/2X6yqXd
- Arts Council England have published guidance about government help available for freelance artists and creatives here: https://bit.ly/2x0RmvB