Our Community Panel is at the heart of East Durham Creates, and guides our projects, ensuring they are beneficial to the local community. In the past our Community Panel has sought a location for our Arts Café, ensured major commissions become annual events, identified the need to engage more young people which led to the creation of ‘No More Nowt Happens’… and lots more.

As we move into Phase 3 of East Durham Creates, we want the Community Panel to have more of a lead on the work we do, essentially determining how and where resources are employed. This is where you come in! We want you to join the Community Panel. Check out the blog post below for six great reasons to join our team.

1. Be a part of something bigger

Joining the Community Panel is a fantastic opportunity to be part of something big in East Durham. Our community panel has a huge influence on the work we do, the artists we engage with and the shape that our projects take- helping us to ensure that the East Durham Community is at the heart of everything do!

2.Make new friends

Joining the Community Panel means joining a group of people who share in your passion for East Durham and the local communities within. Although it might feel daunting to join a new group, they are a very friendly bunch, and you will soon feel at home!

3.Have your say

Maybe you have seen an event, exhibition or, show that you think would work well in the local area, or perhaps you have some ideas on what would make a good addition to our East Durham Creates programme, or maybe you just have some thoughts on what could be done to improve the local area for the people living in it.

If any of the above applies, this is the perfect role for you. The Community Panel welcomes you to share your thoughts and feelings about the local area, and even more so – do something about it!

4.Gain some valuable experience

Although you will be helping improve East Durham Creates, we can also help you by providing valuable experience in event organisation, commissioning artists, teamwork, and location managing.  If you’re on the job hunt these skills could be a fantastic addition to your C.V. Whoever you are, being a part of the Community Panel is a great way to explore new interests and learn from others in the team.

5. Grow in confidence

One of the key skills you can gain from joining the Community Panel is gaining confidence. Whether this is confidence in public speaking or meeting new people, joining the Community Panel is a great way to test yourself. Remember that we will never push you to take part in something you don’t want to, you get to choose what you contribute to and where you share your expertise.


6.Use your skills and share your interests

Good at organising? Feel like you have people skills? Got a creative mind? Everyone involved in the Community Panel brings a variety of skills and expertise and come from various backgrounds (including local residents, artists, and local councilors)- this ensures that our Community Panel is as representative of the local area as possible. We would love to hear from you and find where you can fit into our Community Panel.

Convinced yet? It would be great to hear from you to explain more about our Community Panel and your place within it. Call: 0191 5693 511 or email jess@eastdurhamcreates.co.uk for more information.

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