Voluntary Arts has set up a new online network to connect anyone working, volunteering or participating in all forms of creativity in the West Midlands region. Creative Network West Midlands monthly sessions offer the opportunity to meet and connect with peers from across the region, as well as receive expert advice, support, information and inspiration from guest speakers in each session.

You can join the dedicated Facebook group here, to share ideas, continue conversations, and share your creativity. This is also a great place to suggest topics for CNWM sessions, so that we can ensure they are relevant and responsive to the needs of creatives in the region. If you do not use Facebook, you are welcome to suggest topics and connect with us by emailing [email protected]

We meet once a month on Zoom, focusing on a different topic each time. There is also the potential for us to schedule additional sub-group sessions that are topic specific, if and when they are needed. 

Take part in our next session on Thursday 17 December between 9.30am - 11am: Online Workshop Leader Development for West Midlands Creatives. Develop your Online Workshop Leading skills in this FREE session hosted by Voluntary Arts in partnership with the WEA.

The WEA is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland. For this session, we will be joined by Clare White from the WEA West Midlands who will share tips, tricks and experiences gained from the WEA’s transition into online teaching and learning since lockdown began. This session will include practical activities that you can use to support less confident people to participate in your online sessions.

As a charity working with many of the most disadvantaged communities in the country, the WEA have put enormous efforts into reconnecting many students to learning in social, participatory ways. Crafts and creative subjects have been especially popular and successful but there is still a long way to go in connecting more students that have been isolated through the pandemic. The WEA is very keen to support networks that can help reduce digital exclusion in our communities, and to support creative practitioners to offer their own group sessions online to support their own ability to make a living.

Join on the day by clicking on the 'Join' button via: www.voluntaryarts.org/creativenetwork

Everyone is welcome!