Havering Changing is a new project which will support local people, living and working, in Harold Hill, Orchard Village, Rainham and Romford to choose, create and take part in their own their programme of inspiring arts and culture.
In August 2019, Havering Changing was thrilled to be one of only twelve new places in the country successful in its application to join Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme, for a four year period starting in November 2019. Havering Changing will trial radical new ideas that engage local people in arts and culture in a variety of new ways.
Havering Changing is a consortium of eight organisations, led by Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, working with Clarion Futures (the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group), Havering Colleges, Havering Interfaith Forum, Havering Volunteer Centre, Havering Youth Services and myplace, Rainham Association for Village Events (R.A.V.E.), and The Mercury Shopping Centre.
The organisations that have come together to lead Havering Changing all passionately believe putting local communities at the heart of cultural decision making will enable residents to tell new and different stories about Havering; it will help people to feel at home in the world and in Havering; it will create moments of delight and inspiration; and that it will lead to a more connected, ambitious and confident community that believes they have just as much right to amazing cultural experiences as everyone else.
We don’t yet know what those stories will be - but we are excited at the prospect of facilitating and supporting the people of Havering to create them.
There are many ways to get involved with Havering Changing.
If you live or work in Harold Hill, Orchard Village, Rainham or Romford you could join one of our Steering Groups. You will be supported by the Havering Changing Area Workers to make decisions and create a programme of arts and cultural activities, events and festivals.
If you want to spread the message about Havering Changing and the arts and cultural activities taking place across Havering, then we have opportunities to volunteer as a Havering Changing Cultural Champion.
If you are an artist living or working in one of the areas we want to hear from you. There will be many opportunities to get involved, join a network and collaborate with the Havering Changing Steering Groups.
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