Worcester Live

Brand New Theatre Outreach Project Launched To Reduce Isolation This Winter

Worcester Live is launching a new online community outreach project this month with the aim of reducing isolation for those who have limited access to the Arts. Culture Call was set up after Worcester Live was successfully given a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, making the project possible.

Culture Call will be a series of one-to-one free online sessions with art practitioners and freelance artists. The aim of this is to help people who are isolating, as the isolation may also be impacting their mental health, to still have access to the Arts, such as music, dance or theatre. It is particularly good for those in need of a friendly face or some escapism in this current climate. It will help develop participants’ skills in different crafts and encourage them to have fun at the same time.

Participants will have a choice of which art form they would like to take part in so that they can enjoy a programme that best suits their interests.

Places for this project are limited and it is expected the project will be really popular so those who are interested are encouraged to register interest to avoid disappointment.

Worcester Live’s Chief Executive Sarah-Jane Morgan says:

Workingwith members of our community is vital to our participation and engagement work, ensuring everyone can access the arts at all levels. Culture Call will enable anyone who is in isolation, for whatever reason, the opportunity to engage with one of our many talented practitioners for a number of free sessions, offering not only the opportunity to benefit from the cultural medium of their choice, but also giving them an exclusive opportunity for relief from the isolation they may be feeling as a direct result of the pandemic. I was saddened to learn of so many individuals in our immediate community who have not been able to leave their homes for weeks or in some cases months due to the on-going pandemic and this enabled me to think of engaging ways in which we could reach out and extend our work meaningfully I am thrilled that we have received the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to run Culture Call and look forward to seeing the project come to life over the coming weeks.

Participants can register interest and request further information by contacting Worcester Live’s Creative Learning and Participation Administrator, Leah Adkins, via email leah@worcesterlive.co.uk.

Further Information

Worcester Live is a registered charity, and is the main arts provider in Worcester, running Huntingdon Hall and The Swan Theatre. The organisation also has a producing arm in the form of the Worcester Repertory Company, which produces the outdoor Worcester Rep at the Commandery and Shakespeare in the autumn, as well as touring shows, Theatre In Education tours, new work and the annual Swan Theatre Pantomime.

Worcester Live also runs the thriving Swan youth theatre and Young Rep.

Worcester Live relies heavily on charitable donations to exist, including arts grants, money from trusts, legacies and other organisations.

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