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Greater Manchester Artist Hub offers support during Covid-19

In these unprecedented times, a group of organisations are coming together to offer our support to the independent practitioners, artists, and companies of Greater Manchester… These times call for new ways of thinking and new ways of working.

The group can help you make sense of things… Sign-up for a free 30 minute Advisory Session, where you can talk your questions & ideas through with one or two of the team at a time.

The hub group can help you begin to adapt… We host an irregular programme of events to help you find new ways of keeping your creative practice sharp, and up-skill yourself for the future. Read the transcript from our most recent event Where Do We Go From Here?- An Open Conversation.

‘We’re with you as you take the lead… We’ll listen when you tell us what you need, and we’ll try to meet those needs as best we can’

For more information https://www.gm-artisthub.co.uk/

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State of the Sector 2020

The State of the Sector survey is back and Bolton CVS need your help!

Go straight to the survey: https://salford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/state-of-the-sector-2020

The last survey in 2017 found there were 1,561 community and voluntary organisations in Bolton, with an estimated income of £137 million. The sector employed the equivalent of 3,000 full time staff and 46,900 volunteers giving 113,500 hours per week, with an estimated value of £102.7 million per year.
The survey results increased the understanding of the voluntary sector and provided valuable evidence to decision makers of the important social and economic contribution the VCSE Sector brings to Bolton.
It is now time to repeat the survey as there have been significant changes within the sector, local areas and Greater Manchester. Particularly as the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 has radically changed how we live and how the sector delivers its services.
We need to know how these changes have affected our sector to enable them to continue to make a difference to people and communities in Bolton.
We are asking a wide range of organisations to take part; large national organisations, small community groups, faith based organisations and tenant’s organisations.
This research will only be useful if enough groups take part to make the response rate significant. This means it is important that as many groups as possible answer. Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence and not published in a way that identifies your organisation.
We will enter all returned questionnaires from any organisation with a turnover of less than £100k per year into a free prize draw to win £1,000 or two runner up prizes of £200 for their organisation.

The State of the Sector is a partnership research initiative between 10GM (a joint venture to support the VCSE sector across Greater Manchester), GMCVO and locality partners. Leading the research on behalf of the partnership will be the University of Salford.
 

The survey closes on 25th September 2020.


How the survey will be used
We will publish our findings in December 2020 and we will be using the evidence gathered to:

• Ensure that the GMCA / Local Authorities, NHS and CCG, the Police and local businesses are aware of the role of the voluntary and community sector in Greater Manchester.
• Influence policy and decision making as we continue to recover and move forward from the impact of the coronavirus.
• Influence commissioning and funding plans.
• Ensure that decision and policy makers locally and nationally are aware of the impact of recent cuts and public sector reform has had on local groups.
• Help plan the services and activities that 10GM and our partners provide to assist local VCSE groups.

Source: Bolton CVS

Community Arts, National, Training

Voluntary Arts

Our series of #CreativeNetwork conversations continue to take place each weekday morning at 9:30am. In recent weeks we have developed a programme of themed conversations that will each take place on a monthly basis. These cover particular art forms and issues, as well as local geographic areas.

Coming up next week are discussions on Dance with guests from Sadler’s Wells, One Dance UK, Magpie Dance and more (29 June), Theatre with Charlotte Jones from ITC (30 June), Coventry (1 July), Local Arts Wales (2 July) and Crafts with guests from the APPG on Crafts and more (3 July).

In the coming weeks we’ll also be talking about the West Midlands (6 July), Science & Arts (7 July), Theatre education & participation with NODA, NAYT, the RSC and Minerva Theatre (8 July), Neighbourhood connections (15 July), West Yorkshire (16 July), Devon (17 July) and managing cultural Spaces (22 July).

Join us via Zoom any weekday from 9:30 – 10:30am. To join a call, just click the “Join” button next to that day’s session in the timetable on www.voluntaryarts.org/creativenetwork

From Voluntary Arts Newsletter June 2020

Community Arts, News

‘MyCorona’

Time to off load and share. Our voices telling you how it really is: The highs, the lows, the new learnt talents and how we have been staying connected to our communities….Or have you just been pulling your hair out? Work life and home life = Crazy Life!!!

Bolton at Home Production.

Bolton Digital ‘stories’ podcasts

Short stories from a mix of local people about their experiences during the Coronavirus lockdown

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Octagon Online

A Selection of Fun, Creative and Educational activities you can enjoy at home

StoryMakers

Our popular storytelling sessions have moved online. Visit our website for stories read allowed by a professional actor with an accompanying craft activity: https://octagonbolton.co.uk/get-involved/octagon-online/storymakers/

Get Creative Challenge

Get Creative Challenge – Join our participants in completing a weekly creative challenge, suitable for all ages. Info here: https://octagonbolton.co.uk/get-involved/octagon-online/get-creative-challenges/

ReAct

ReAct – our project for over 50’s is connecting people across Bolton online. Find us on Facebook and at our ReAct Theatre Club, an online opportunity to watch and read theatre, then take part in fun, informal discussions about it. Plays will be announced every Wednesday, with discussions taking place the following Wednesday from 2-4pm over Zoom. Anyone connected to Bolton and over 50 is welcome to join. https://www.facebook.com/groups/OctagonReAct/

Also see Octagon Theatre Bolton -wide creative writing Competition

https://octagonbolton.co.uk/get-involved/octagon-online/writingcompetition/

Facebook – @OctagonBolton

Twitter –  @octagontheatre