Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’s Education and Conference Centre reopened in May, in line with government guidelines. The venue can additionally now facilitate video conferences and streaming, to provide virtual and hybrid events.
Between its initial opening in November 2016 and March 2020, the Centre hosted over 350 different training sessions, conferences, meetings and events. When the pandemic hit, all confirmed bookings for the facility had to be cancelled or postponed. The space was repurposed to allow colleagues to continue working in a socially distanced manner. For a brief period in March 2021, the space even hosted outpatients from the Hospice’s Living Well Services whilst their lounge accommodated additional Inpatient Unit beds to support the wider healthcare system.
During the third lock-down and in preparation for the expected reopening of the facility, the Charity benefitted from a COVID-support fund set up by Citrix, a global technology company whose research and development arm is based in Cambridge Science Park. Their support enabled the Charity to install high tech video conferencing equipment, meeting the needs of future hybrid events, catering for both delegates attending in-person and virtually. Hybrid and video streaming packages can now be offered, including seamless technical support for clients, in association with Venue AV.
The venue is COVID-19 safe, having made all the necessary changes for Keeping You Safe, and has been awarded Visit Britain Good to Go accreditation; and also provides in-house hospitality and catering if required.
The Charity hopes to raise £50K in revenue through venue bookings this financial year, making a vital contribution to the £10.5 million it will cost to deliver the Hospice’s outstanding care across its frontline services.