Engaging the cultural and creative sectors

To involve the cultural and creative sectors in combatting child poverty.

Why the contribution is important

With Leicester undergoing a cultural rennaissance, how do we ensure that the cultural and creative sectors can play their part in combatting child poverty?  Joining the Real Living Wage Campaign is one contribution - but there are bound to be others.

by DrNickOMBE on November 08, 2019 at 02:49PM

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  • Posted by Nicola_LeicesterCC November 08, 2019 at 15:19

    Many thanks DrNickOMBE for your idea - it would be great to hear from members of the cultural and creative sectors about their thoughts on this.
    I'm sure there are some creative solutions already happening (or that could be developed) that we'd love to explore and incorporate as part of the strategy.
  • Posted by STAR November 11, 2019 at 16:16

    The STAR service is piloting 2 new Employment posts to connect vulnerable people with opportunities for training and work. With the roll out of Universal Credit, this is becoming an increasing necessity for excluded groups. Over 40 people attended our employment fayre event a week ago, many were refugees from new communities eager to get on the pathway to work.
    This is a massive untapped resource in the city.
    It would be great if we could promote the Living Wage Campaign at future events.
  • Posted by DrNickOMBE November 11, 2019 at 17:17

    How can we get involved in the STAR service?
  • Posted by ali November 13, 2019 at 08:29

    The cultural and creative sector is vibrant in Leicester and can provide a pathway to connect audiences with campaigns through its many art forms ( theatre, dance film). By showing films like "I Daniel Blake" more people understand poverty, this can then be linked with an event such as an action focus meeting or food collection. These things are already happening in perhaps small ways but could be combined into a city "festival" . I use the word "Festival" because Leicester is good at putting on many celebratory festivals, we could perhaps use those city wide networks to put on a city wide raising awareness festival / campaign and inviting the creative and cultural organisations to be a part of making that happen.
  • Posted by DrNickOMBE November 14, 2019 at 08:46

    Good idea - perhaps the City Council would be able to co-ordinate this?
  • Posted by ali November 21, 2019 at 21:03

    Just as an example - this is one way in which arts organisations can support local charities - Phoenix supports Action Homeless with a free annual film screening of It's a Beautiful Life in return for suitable specified donations https://www.phoenix.org.uk/[…]/
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