Mission / Value Statement:
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 2018 The Exchange Creative Community CIC and West End Million 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'.
In our consultation process, we asked local YOU what you wanted and based on the feedback the following key project areas came to light:
Perception & place - Creative Projects
Our community felt it was important to see improvements in how people perceive the West End. Also, how it looks, feels and smells as you spend time here.
Inclusivity & Collaboration - Creative West End Market
A strong theme from feedback was that people want the West End to be known as a place where people are feel valued and included. Also for it to become a place where people work together.
Inspiration & Learning - Creative West End Network & Platform
People identified that visits to other places, chances to see and do new things and opportunities to learn new knowledge and skills were important. This will help us to do more and better.
Infrastructure & Sustainability - Creative Hub
Our community deserve to know that this money, their money and their time are well spent. So we're looking to support projects and ideas that will help to create long term possibilities and opportunities. Things that can 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 Exchange Creative Community CIC to provide a much needed inclusive and accessible creative infrastructure for the area.