Director Tony Barker (above right) is our PR champion and compered our recent Film Premiere at The Collection, Lincoln.
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 the Lincolnshire-based charity Linkage Community Trust.
Linda is a former Further Education college tutor and manager and had gained lots of experience in setting up community-based training and wellbeing projects for people with additional needs - and persuading funding bodies to support her ideas!
Linda's husband 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, choir leadership, videography, 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 Lincolnshire 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 videography and film-making which we plan to expand and which we hope will lead to training and employment opportunities for our clients.