In 2018 the Good Things Collective (formerly The Exchange Creative Community CIC) and West End Morecambe Big Local began working together to lead an application to the Creative Civic Change programme with the hope to harness and develop the increasing abundance of community-led creative activity in the area. Rooted in the notion of 'Collaboration over Competition'.
We will use kindness and creativity to widen the opportunities that are available locally through inclusive, sustainable and meaningful projects that enhance people’s lives. Our programme delivery will have both creativity and our community at its heart.
In our consultation process, we ran a range of events consulting with local people to inform the development of our plan. The following key project areas came to light:
1. Perception & Place
Supporting a range of community-led and inspired Creative Projects
Our community felt it was important to see improvement in how people perceive the West End. Through creative projects we hope to change how it looks and feels as you spend time here.
3. INCLUSIVITY & COLLABORATION
Developing a collaboratively run creative, community Market
A strong theme from feedback was that people want the West End to be known as a place where people feel valued and included. And for it to become a place where people work together for greater good.
2. Inspiration & Learning
Establishing the Creative West End Network and learning opportunities
People identified that visits to other places, chances to see and do new things and opportunities to learn new knowledge and skills were important. Significantly so in a collaborative way so we can share our experiences and build a supportive network together.
4. Infrastructure & Sustainability
Investing in creation of a community hub in the former Coop Department store on Regent Road
We feel that our community deserve to know that this money, their money and their time is well spent. So we're looking to support projects and ideas that will help to create long term possibilities and opportunities. Things that will carry on once this funding runs out. We have pledged £50,000 to help set up a new creative, community hub in the West End former Coop department store, to be run by the Good Things Collective CIC to provide a much needed inclusive and accessible creative infrastructure for the area.
We improve communities by bringing people together and supporting voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise sector organisations.