This programme is designed to help community groups get started, get involved with arts & culture, build community participation and access funding. Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) will be running 20 free workshops at community venues across Leeds placing emphasis on engaging with your community and using arts and creativity to achieve your goals.

Focus of the workshops

There will be a series of 4 free workshops at 5 community venues spread across the city:

1) How You Form

This workshop will focus on supporting small emerging community organisations to set up effectively and be ready to access funding. You will look at the pros and cons of different structures from a very informal community organisation to a registered charity or community interest company. You will develop a plan to take your organisation forward covering the key tasks you will need to carry out and where to get further support.

2) How You Get Creative

This workshop will be about how you can use art to engage with community activity. Participants will experiment with a variety of artistic materials to explore ideas in an open, relaxed environment. Building on their learning by doing, participants will begin to think about how they could use art and culture as a social tool within their community.

3) How You Get People Involved

This is a participative and fun session where participants will explore ways to ensure that groups are community-led and that everyone can have an input into decision-making.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the ideas they generated in workshop 2, beginning to focus their ideas for future projects.

4) How You Get Funding

This workshop will help your group to apply successfully for a small grant of a few hundred pounds up to around £10,000.

Having developed their project ideas, participants will be able to begin the process of shaping their ideas into funding bids.

How to Sign up

You can find all the links to book on the workshops below. All the workshops are free to attend and you can register for as many or as few as you like simply by providing your name and email address.

If you have any questions or would like assistance booking your place please get in touch at 0113 297 7920 or [email protected].

North – Woodhouse Community Centre

East – The Vinery Centre

South – Hamara Healthy Living Centre

West – New Wortley Community Centre

North/West – Cardigan Community Centre