Community Project Management & Production
Alongside my design work I have a passion for working with, and within, communities, stemming from a desire to give back and make a sustainable difference. Since 2011, I have worked on numerous community projects in my local area as well as city-wide, such as Ladies Wine Design: Birmingham, Glug Birmingham, Stirchley Community Market, Created in Birmingham, Pecha Kucha Birmingham and Kopfkino, seeing several through from conception to long-term sustainability.
I use this experience to link-up like-minded individuals to make things happen together, focused on inspiring others to care about their locality. I have practical, on-the-ground experience in events production, project and team management, volunteer co-ordination, delegation, marketing strategy and content delivery, fundraising, community engagement, as well as organising and curating exhibitions, speaker-events and workshops.
If you'd like to hire me to produce/project manage an event or project, please get in touch via my contact form.
Stirchley in Bloom (Feb 2018 - present) - Contributor
A fledgeling group of green enthusiasts, set up by local residents, facilitated by independent trader-residents group Stirchley the Way Forward.
Stirchley in Bloom aims to make Stirchley a greener, brighter place to be.
It is hoped this will be a long-term, ongoing project, linking up with other green-minded projects in Stirchley. It is only in its early days and is an un-constituted community group.
Friends of Stirchley Library (Jan 2017 - September 2018) - Secretary & Campaigner
Stirchley Library was recently under threat of closure. In response to Birmingham City Council library proposals, the Stirchley community campaigned to keep library services in the library building. The council have agreed to keep the library open, with the support of volunteers in the form of a Friends of Stirchley Library (FOSL) group.
Ladies, Wine, Design - Birmingham. Sept 2016 - May 2017, Organiser
Co-organiser of the Birmingham chapter of the International Ladies, Wine & Design socials. A salon night held monthly, limited to eight creative women. Casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business and life. Inclusive and supportive spaces for all women (trans, intersex and cis) and all nonbinary, agender and gender variant people. Alcohol non-essential!
Kopfkino & Community Cinema (Jan 2017 - present) Event Producer
I, Daniel Blake. Talk by B30 Foodbank & SIFA Fireside. Jan 2017.
Syria's Disappeared: The Case Against Assad. Talks by Kings Heath Action for Refugees, Refugees at Home, & Hope Projects. March 2018.
Can You Dig This screening. Talk by Eco Birmingham. June 2018.
Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle screening. Talk by ACORN Birmingham. September 2018
Stirchley Community Market (July 2011- September 2018) - Market Manager
Stirchley Community Market gives the local community and commuters on their way home from work, an opportunity to find out what Stirchley has to offer. The market is entirely run by local residents on an unpaid voluntary basis, we have a shared aim of making Stirchley a friendlier, more social, community-spirited place.
Created in Birmingham, Editor, July 2012 – Sept 2016
“Linking up Birmingham’s creative and artistic communities.” Created in Birmingham existed as a blog / platform to share what was going on in Birmingham. The blog was active between 1st December 2006 and 5th September 2016, promoting, discussing and being part of Birmingham’s creative community. Sometimes we did stuff offline too: in 2010 CiB had a pop-up shop in the Bullring, in 2014 CiB brought Glug to Birmingham, and in 2015 it helped resurrect’s the city’s edition of Pecha Kucha Birmingham.