Drolma Centre’s COVID-19 Information & Guidance

Here is up-to-date information and guidance regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you have any other queries or concerns please CONTACT US.

All our weekly classes, half-day and day courses are now online.

We will continue to monitor government advice and guidelines regarding the opening of the Centre.

1 July 2020 – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Dear Everyone

Re-opening?

With so much change and uncertainty still around, we have decided that Drolma Centre will remain closed until further notice.

The current restrictions and the build and design of Drolma means it will be a slow process when we do start to re-open. This is disappointing for us, and we know it will be for you too. We all miss coming together!

We’re sure you’ll understand that assessing the risks and benefits to everyone is an ongoing process, and please be assured that when we do feel it’s time to safely re-open you’ll all be the first to know!!

In the meantime our classes and courses continue to be offered online.

On-line experience

As you know, we all had to quickly develop a ‘new normal’ of online classes in mid-March and, despite initial and occasional glitches, we receive regular good comments from people finding them helpful and clear.

Thank you all for being patient, tolerant and supportive.

Finances

Thank you all for continuing to support your Centre financially – by attending classes and courses, raising donations and becoming Centre Members.

We are applying for grants where we can so please do let us know of any routes of funds you come across that we can explore or apply for.

Emails and newsletters

In the spirit of keeping you fully informed about what is happening with and from Drolma Centre, you may notice a few more e-communications than before lockdown as we prefer to be short and sweet, than long and laboured – we all know how much screen time we are engaged in these days!

Also, we no longer have the sharing of information that happens at ‘normal’ classes and no posters and leaflets for you to pick up so we will be relying on electronic means to continue to keep you as up-to-date as possible.

Please get in touch if you have any comments, queries, ideas or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you hopefully online, or face-to-face again soon.

Take care and stay safe

Alison and Nicola and the Team

1 April 2020 – UPDATE

The Centre closed two weeks ago due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

We have been working hard to bring you live streamed classes. Some classes will begin tomorrow and we will continue increase the number of classes and courses available via live streaming until we are able to re-open the Centre and welcome you all back.

Keep safe and well

17 March 2020

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT– Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Centre is CLOSED

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19 we believe that the best way to cherish and safeguard our visitors and community is to close the Centre and all branch classes with immediate effect and until further notice.

Those who have booked upcoming courses will be contacted directly by our Management Team.

As you won’t be able to come us, we will be coming to you! We are in the process of getting ‘live-streaming’ organised so we can get dharma teachings out to students as soon as is practically possible. This may take a short while to set up and more information will follow as soon as we have it.

In the meantime, in order to keep up-to-date, please subscribe to our mailing list either on our website or by emailing drolmapublicity@gmail.com.

You can also find information on our social media platforms:

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We’ll be here for you during this time of anxiety and uncertainty to help you practise Dharma and to develop and maintain inner peace, compassion and patience at a time when these qualities are very much needed.

With love and prayers from all the Drolma Centre Team

NB. There is some of the information and guidance from Public Health England at the bottom of this page which you may find helpful.

If you have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on our email address info@drolmacentre.org.uk or by telephone 01733 755444.

Helpful Information form Public Health England

What is the coronavirus?
As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.   Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

The risk to individuals remains low as at the date of this letter.

The NHS and the Government are well prepared to deal with this virus but you can help to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses by:
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Staying home when you are sick.
Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin/designated waste.
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.