Latest news from OnFife
Reviewed: 18 January, 2021
Covid-19 Latest Measures
To do all we can to protect team members, customers and communities, and reflecting the Scottish Government's new Stay at Home measures, our frontline services are now on hold. Our Connect and Collect service will be suspended until at least Monday 25 January (though this will be subject to further review after the Scottish Government update on Monday 18 January), while our museums and theatres including the box office, will remain closed until official guidance allows us to consider reopening them.
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Once again, we thank you for your continued support during these difficult times.
Christmas Message from Heather Stuart - CEO
This is a time for reflecting on the year that’s almost away and there’s no denying 2020 has been a year like no other.
Back in January, who would have imagined Covid-19 would become a global pandemic still resulting in tragedy and having such a massive impact 12 months later?
For OnFife, as Fife’s leading cultural charity, the national lockdown saw our libraries, museums, galleries, theatres and archives close overnight.
No one could have predicted what was ahead as we kept in touch with customers, updating them on rescheduled events and then, sadly, seeing these cancelled or postponed.
We worked hard to bring back services as soon as we could and were excited and delighted when we were able to re-open our museums and galleries and the vast majority of libraries. While current restrictions have curtailed access to these again, we are ready and waiting to open up again when we can.
But even when our buildings have been closed, we’ve still been here supporting communities. Our teams quickly adapted at the outset of lockdown to new ways of working, discovering new skills as we transferred as many services as we could online – and also created fantastic new digital activities – through our ShineOnFife programme. We also reached out to our most vulnerable customers with OnFifeCares calls, checking everyone was okay and offering support.
Our theatres were hardest hit and it was with real sadness that we made the difficult, but necessary, decision to postpone all programming until spring 2021, even our much-loved Christmas pantomime.
The closing of our four theatres also took away our ability to generate income. The cultural sector has been particularly badly hit by the pandemic and we are no different. The income we need to provide all the extra services that make a difference in our communities – from supporting people living with dementia to working with young families – disappeared and we need help to make sure we can bring these back when this is over. OnFife is a charity and any support you can give would be greatly appreciated – you can easily make a donation of your choice here – and we thank you in advance.
But it hasn’t been all doom and gloom in 2020. There have been inspiring and uplifting stories all around us and we’re proud, as part of the wider cultural sector, to have helped share them.
As we look forward to 2021, there is much to be thankful about and while there is still uncertainty ahead, there is also genuine joy that we can see light at the end of the tunnel.
From all of us here at OnFife, we wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year and we can’t wait to see you again soon.