Creative Catalyst Northumberland

Creative industry offered training support

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A new initiative has been launched to help support organisations and freelancers in Northumberland’s creative industry. 
Creative Catalyst Northumberland is being led by Mortal Fools and supported by Northumberland County CouncilQueen’s Hall, Hexham and The Maltings, Berwick. 
The pilot project is a professional training and development programme for Northumberland creative organisations and freelancers to encourage listening, learning, personal growth, change and allyship.   
Prudhoe-based Mortal Fools are planning a series of sessions focusing on a range of topics including LGBTQ+ awareness, Disability awareness, Social Justice, Anti-Racism, Mental Health and Freelance working. 
Through funding from the council and other partners the project will offer a limited number of subsidised places. Sessions are £8 each per person and open to freelancers and creatives living and/or working in Northumberland. 
The first sessions include:  
Curious Arts LGBTQIA+ Awareness Training - 27th January 2021, 10am-1pm - Raise your awareness of the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ communities & increase your confidence to authentically engage with LGBTQ+ audiences in this workshop. 
Northumberland Mortal Fools Resilience in Uncertainty - 3rd February 2021, 10am-12.15pm - Develop the skills to boost personal resilience, manage stress and learn mental health strategies to help you and others grow and thrive in this workshop whilst navigating this uncertainty we all face. 
Mortals Fools Powerful Communication & defining your “why” - 10th February 2021, 10am-12.15pm - Focus on developing your elevator pitch – workshop will get you thinking about who you are, what you do, your personal values, what you love about what you do and how to effectively communicate it when it counts. 
Kiz Crosbie, Chief Executive of Mortal Fools said: "Mortal Fools is proud to take the lead on Creative Catalyst with Northumberland County Council working with like-minded culture sector colleagues to produce a dynamic programme of training for organisations and freelance practitioners alike.

It will increase knowledge, build skills and create a shared energy from which we can drive positive, meaningful and lasting change.  
“Some people are simply not supported, represented, or recognised sufficiently in the arts and culture sector.  We must work collectively and energetically to find new ways to improve inclusion, diversity, amplify the voices and influence of those in marginalised groups."  
Cllr Jeff Watson, cabinet member for culture at the council said: “Northumberland’s creative industries have always led the way in innovation and partnership working. 
“The Creative Catalyst programme will allow those organisations and freelancers to ensure they are in the best position post-Covid 19 and to better engage with all their communities and audiences of the future.” 
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