This strand focused on activities which particularly help to develop our organisation and our offer.
Organisational Development Project: Quench Arts was awarded Arts Council ‘Grants for the Arts’ funding for a research and development project, run across April 2018 – March 2020, to enable us to sustain and expand our participatory music-making activity for isolated & vulnerable adults who wouldn't otherwise engage in the arts. This funding allows us to provide ongoing musical support for our previous Musical Connections project members, as well as to investigate new delivery & funding models for the work, with development time for new pilot projects. Part of the project includes developing outreach partnerships with the 5 integrated community mental health hubs across Birmingham/Solihull, as well as sharing of our learning and partnership development across the West Midlands, to widen reach & identify expansion/partnership opportunities. Many thanks to Arts Council England for supporting this project and also to Caring Minds, The Goodenough Charitable Trust, The Great Midlands Fun Run, Goldieslie Lodge No.6174 and Walmley Golf Club for supporting ongoing Musical Connections activities. As part of this organisational development project we are creating a series of blogs to update our work, viewable here. As a result of this work we have created a Personalised Health Budget offer for adult mental health service users.
Fundraising Projects: Occasionally we run projects specifically with the remit of raising funds to help us deliver our work. One such idea is the Tamperine project, a fantastic initiative devised by Quench Arts Director Nicola Briggs whilst working for the (now closed) charity Sound It Out Community Music. A video filmed by Adrian Burrows explains this initiative and highlights some of the tambourine designs created by artists and celebrities for the exhibition launch here.
Awards and Recognition: We are proud to be recognised for the quality of our work and were delighted to be nominated for an award related to our Musical Connections project. This was highly commended in the Art, Mental Health and Wellbeing category of the National Positive Practice Awards (2015) and was a shortlisted 2016 National Lottery Good Causes Awards finalist.