Director Linda Grant (above centre) grabbing a coffee between workshops! Tony Barker (above right) is our Marketing and PR champion and is never more at home than on local radio.
The GO project started life as a Community Interest Company in 2016.
It was set up by Linda Grant (below left), former Head of Development with a charity working with young people with additional needs, called Linkage Community Trust.
Linda is a former journalist, Further Education manager and tutor in Communications and Creative Writing and had gained lots of experience in setting up community-based training and wellbeing projects - and persuading funding bodies to support her ideas! Partner Ian is passionate about music and played drums in a local band for more years than he can remember, as well as being experienced in sound engineering and recording.
So the stage was set, almost literally, for an arts and music project!
We soon gathered together some family members, friends and colleagues to create a Board of Directors and supporters, with a great combined skillset, covering business development, community work, employer engagement, music-making, local radio, performance arts, choir leadership, film-making, fund-raising, project management, training, marketing and public relations.
This is crucial to our development and growth because we want to support more people in more places to do more things!
Following start-up support from a local Community Foundation, we began to deliver music workshops and also to support clients individually to build skills and confidence in arts and crafts activities, including digital photography and creative writing. We have now successfully widened our horizons into film-making which we use as a medium to showcase clients' aspirations, experiences and achievements.
Having now moved home permanently from Lincolnshire to Perthshire, we are delighted to be working in Scotland and have recently welcomed two Scottish Directors to our team so that we can focus on developing creative endeavours here.