Events, Training

Upcoming Training Sessions From Curious Minds

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Training for Schools…


Artsmark Development Days: These are for schools that have registered with Artsmark. The day will guide you through the new process and allow you to reflect upon and develop your school’s arts provision, as well as providing an opportunity to share best practice and create new networks.
21 June – Preston, 10:00-15:00
29 June – St. Helens, 10:00-15:00
5 July – Manchester, 10:00-15:00
6 July – Bolton, 10:00-15:00
Artsmark Support Surgeries: These dates are for those who have attended an Artsmark Development Day and are now looking for support further into the Artsmark process. Whether you need support drafting your Statement of Commitment or guidance in developing your case study, this session is an opportunity to access peer and professional assistance.
21 June – Manchester, 13:30-14:30


PLEASE NOTE: The training events above are only open to schools that have registered for Artsmark. If your school is yet to register please click here, or you may wish to attend one of our free CPD for Schools sessions below.


FREE C.P.D. SESSIONS FOR SCHOOLS Are you looking to improve your school’s planning and delivery of arts & culture activity? If that’s the case, then Curious Minds would like to invite you to attend one of our C.P.D. events taking place across the North West.    At Curious Minds, we believe that every child has the right to access the very best in arts, cultural and creative learning opportunities.  We understand that in order for children to do this, we need to invest in teachers like you.     During the session you will be able to:

  • Develop methods to plan your arts & cultural activities
  • Explore how you can create meaningful partnerships
  • Discover the benefits of Artsmark and Arts Award
  • Examine how you can measure and evaluate the impact of arts and cultural activities

All events are led by one of our highly skilled team members and because we recognise just how important teacher support is – it is absolutely FREE to attend.   These sessions are open to all schools in the North West, including those not currently registered for Artsmark or Arts Award.
22 June – Birkenhead, 13:30-15:30
27 June – Manchester, 13:30-15:30
29 June – Northwich, 13:30-15:30
30 June – Warrington, 13:30-15:30
5 July – Salford, 13:30-15:30
11 July – Kirkby Lonsdale, 13:30-15:30
13 July – Morecambe, 13:30-15:30
13 July – Stockport, 13:30-15:30
17 July – Keswick, 13:30-15:30

Spaces are limited, so book early!

News, Training

Success of first Greater Connected programme for GM Creative, Digital and Tech business leaders leads to 12 month roll-out

Success of first Greater Connected programme for GM Creative, Digital and Tech business leaders leads to 12 month roll-out

Over 100 of Greater Manchester’s most ambitious firms set to benefit from ground-breaking peer-to-peer business ‘boot camp’.

An innovative, collaborative approach to improving business performance within Greater Manchester’s digital sector is set to offer over one hundred of the region’s most ambitious firms the chance to tackle barriers to growth through increased peer-to-peer engagement and joint problem solving.

The Greater Connected initiative, run by Business Growth Hub, is a new intensive, high-growth scale-up programme, held over three days, which is specifically aimed at the most dynamic creative, digital and tech SMEs.

For the full MPA News article follow  

Greater Connected is a fully-funded programme meaning that qualifying businesses do not need to pay to take part. Companies wishing to register their interest to take part in a future Greater Connected session can visit
You can also watch a short video capturing the experiences of the first Greater Connected cohort here


Starting and Running a Social Enterprise

Tuesday 7th March, 10am -3pm

The Elderdale Centre, Yewdale Gardens, Breightmet, BL2 5JF

FREE business workshop specifically designed to support business start-up and growth for social enterprises.

Social enterprises are an increasingly popular way of running a business. They use trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment and so when they profit society profits.

Topics will Include:-

  • The social enterprise approach
  • Deciding on your legal structure
  • Sources of finance and funding
  • Writing successful bids
  • Finding and keeping the best people
  • Finding the right partners
  • Keeping on top of the money
  • Trustees and directors
  • Where to go for support


The workshop will be run by Elizabeth White, an experienced social entrepreneur and business advisors with Bolton Business Ventures.  During the workshop you will also hear from successful social entrepreneurs VideoBoxTV

Drinks will be provided, please bring your own lunch.  Places are FREE but limited, so BOOK NOW call Nina or Coryn on 01204 391400 or email


Creative Projects: Project Management Training

Date: 1st March 2017

Make your creative projects a success with Creative Training Hub’s Introduction to Project Management one-day training course (North London). This interactive and practical course will take you through the 10 key steps of Project Management Success.

You will learn how to:

  • Articulate the project’s vision.
  • Set S.M.A.R.T objectives.
  • Produce an effective and concise plan.
  • Implement your project plan.
  • Build a functional and productive team.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships.
  • Assess project risk and deliver results.
  • Develop a robust communication process.
  • Avoid project failure and measure success.


Read more and book your place at: or contact Creative Training Hub at:

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‘Music on Tick’ – a new Youth Music funded project from Mr One Million CIC

photodune-10373683-the-power-of-music-l (800x660)In March 2017, Mr One Million will be running weekly music sessions for young people living in Bolton looking for new skills and hands-on experience of roles within the music industry.  The sessions will include: music production, running a label, lyric writing, instrumental playing skills, MCing and DJing, event management & live performance.  Young people can also work towards live events, accreditation and further learning or employment opportunities.

If you’re interested, or know someone who might be interested, call/text/Whatsapp Paul on 07779 123175 or email Gaynor at

Mr One Million CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in the North West. We engage unemployed and/or vulnerable communities in creative projects that explore health and wellbeing and worklessness through film, theatre, music and art. Our projects are fundamentally about using creativity to bring about positive change- on a personal, community and global level.

Mr One Million started life 4 years ago as an arts and media programme commissioned by Bolton at Home and delivered by freelance community artist and project manager Paul Hine. The programme aimed to engage young unemployed men aged 18 to 24 years old living in Breightmet, Bolton.

Since then we have delivered a range of creative projects and events – including films, documentaries, music videos, visual art, magazine shows and an adult puppet show exploring men’s health. All of our projects have involved us helping participants develop arts and media skills and improve team work, communication, independent learning, confidence and self worth.

See to find out more about Mr One Million and their community and media arts projects.

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