19 September 2017

Kathryn Welch, director at Voluntary Arts Scotland, attended an Eden Community Camp in May 2017. She’d founded Stirling SOUP, a community-led micro-granting event that brings local people together to support projects that make our city a nicer place to live.

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Voluntary Arts Scotland promotes all kinds of creative cultural participation, and provides free support to bring people together to 'get creative' in communities across Scotland. Here Kathryn shares four ways you can boost your community arts project, whether it’s a community choir, knitting circle, community festival, heritage group or anything in between!

  • Explore what’s already available to you. You can check out our information resources (on all kinds of topics, from how to write a funding application to using Facebook,  from child protection to planning a marketing campaign) which are easily accessible from our website.
  • Get skilled up – Voluntary Arts Scotland offers training opportunities – why not get involved with our forthcoming digital skills training?
  • Celebrate your success! We’re working hard to explore wider ways to nourish those who lead creative projects in their own communities. Why not check out our EPIC Awards which recognise and celebrate great community projects?
  • Stay in the loop – Keep up to date on creative opportunities, volunteering, training and funding news by signing up to Voluntary Arts Scotland’s monthly newsletter.

Voluntary Arts Scotland is also joining Eden Project Communities as part of the Be The Change event in Perth on 11th November. We’ll be looking at how we can champion the role of community-led creativity at a national level. We want to ensure Scottish creative policy recognises the experiences of local groups and supports a vital part of our national culture. You can come and meet us at the event where we’ll be running a conversation on just that!

And, Stirling SOUP continues to grow. It was a Finalist at the Scottish Charity Awards in June, and is currently building up to a fourth event in September - with an expanded volunteer team, support from new partners, and a whole host of new ideas!

 And if you want to get creative to bring your community together, we have lots of ideas to get you started, from pom poms to disco soup and everything in between!