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The Artroom views complaints as an opportunity to learn and improve for the future, as well as a chance to put things right for the person that has made the complaint. 

Our policy is: 

  • To provide a fair complaints procedure which is clear and easy to use for anyone wishing to make a complaint

  • To publicise the existence of our complaints procedure so that people know how to contact us to make a complaint 

  • To make sure everyone at The Artroom knows what to do if a complaint is received

  • To make sure all complaints are investigated fairly and in a timely way

  • To make sure that complaints are, wherever possible, resolved and that relationships are repaired

  • To gather information which helps us to improve what we do 


Definition of a Complaint 

A complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction, whether justified or not, about any aspect of The Artroom.



Where Complaints Come From 

Complaints may come from any customer of The Artroom.

A complaint can be received verbally, by phone, by email or in writing. 



All complaint information will be handled sensitively, telling only those who need to know and following any relevant data protection requirements. 



Overall responsibility for this policy and its implementation lies with John O Ritchie.



Complaints Procedure of The Artroom

Publicised Contact Details for Complaints

Written complaints may be sent to The Artroom, Unit 29, Walworth Enterprise Centre, Andover, SP10 3AP or by e-mail at 

Verbal complaints may be made by phone to 07572 655 255 or in person to John Ritchie.


Receiving Complaints 

Complaints received by telephone or in person will be recorded. The person who receives a phone or in person complaint will: 

Write down the facts of the complaint
Take the complainant's name, address and telephone number
Note down the relationship of the complainant to The Artroom

Tell the complainant that we have a complaints procedure
Tell the complainant what will happen next and how long it will take
Where appropriate, ask the complainant to send a written account by post or by email so that the complaint is recorded in the complainant’s own words.


In many cases, a complaint is best resolved by the person responsible for the issue being complained about. If the complaint has been received by that person, they may be able to resolve it swiftly and should do so if possible and appropriate. 

If the complaint relates to a specific person, they will be informed and given a fair opportunity to respond. 

Complaints will be acknowledged by the person handling the complaint within a week. 

The acknowledgement will say who is dealing with the complaint and when the person complaining can expect a reply. A copy of this complaints procedure should be attached. 

Ideally complainants will receive a definitive reply within one week. If this is not possible because for example, an investigation has not been fully completed, a progress report should be sent with an indication of when a full reply will be given. 

Whether the complaint is justified or not, the reply to the complainant should describe the action taken to investigate the complaint, the conclusions from the investigation, and any action taken as a result of the complaint. 



Assuming there is no grounds for complaint the following procedures apply:


If a participant cannot attend a session and has contacted The Artroom to let them know more than one week in advance of the session, the participant will be offered an informal 'catch up' session, or a 50% refund.


If a participant does not attend a session and no notice is given, or decides that the activity 'is not their thing' and no longer wishes to attend, then there will be no refund and the participant is liable to pay.


However, if the participant was anticipating to attend and unforeseen circumstances prevent them (such as sudden illness, bereavement or sudden accident) an informal 'catch up' session will be offered, in this situation the participant must contact The Artroom within 48 hours of the lesson booked.


In the event of The Artroom cancelling an event a full pro rata refund will be given for those who have booked, if alternative 'catch up sessions' cannot be arranged. If cancelled with less than 12 hours notice in addition a The Artroom voucher valued £10 will be given in compensation for inconvenience.

If an event cannot take place due to a catastrophic circumstance (war, natural disaster, government directive) then there will be no refund.

Corona Virus addition 16/3/2020

In addition to the above the following applies

From Monday 16th March until further notice, all classes run by the Artroom will be on a ‘pay on the day’ basis. 


This will mean that you should book for all classes online in the same way that you would normally. However, at the checkout please apply the code ‘payontheday’. This will mean you are not charged for any of the courses.


If you cannot get the online booking service to work for you, you may also book by sending The Artroom an email outlining the courses and events.


When you attend you can pay the single class’s fee (usually £13 a session) on the day. You can pay by cash (ideally), cheque, bank transfer, and very soon by card. 


If you find that you are unable to attend any of the course’s sessions due to the coronavirus outbreak then there is nothing to pay.


Fair play


To make this system work it means that a certain amount of ‘fair play’ is needed. If you are not certain you want to attend a course, please do not book as places are limited. If you find that you cannot attend due to the coronavirus outbreak please notify The Artroom before the class. Please ONLY use email for this (


This is a two-way arrangement. If, unfortunately, the venue of the class has been shut down due to Coronavirus, or the teacher finds they cannot attend, you will be contacted before the class. There will be no class run, and there will (unlike previous arrangements) be no compensation, even if the class is cancelled at less than 24 hours’ notice. 


Those that have already paid up front for future classes will be appropriately refunded should the Coronavirus mean that they cannot attend a class.

1/4/19 to be revised 1/4/20