The Creative Lives Community Champions Network is a peer support network for people who lead, organise and host participatory creative cultural activities that take place regularly in social groups in England.

In April 2021 Creative Lives invited creative community champions across England to tell us who they are, what they do and what sort of support they need via a short survey.  So far over 125 people responded.

We analysed the results and have listened to what respondents told us, and in response we have created the Creative Lives Community Champions Network.  

On Tuesday 21 September 2021 we launched this new network on Zoom. The event started with an overview of the survey results, we announced our Autumn 2021 Training & Networking Programme  and introduced our new free bespoke peer support forum (see below for details).

You can watch a short video that captures the highlights and key takeaways from this event here:

We're still keen to hear from any creative community champions that haven't already completed the original survey.  Get in touch by completing this online form to tell us who you are and what support you need, and one of our regional development officers will be in touch.

Creative Community Champions Network Online Peer Support Forum
We also invite you to join us on our new private online peer support forum on Slack by following this link: 

This is a safe, private space to ask for advice and help, and to give and receive peer support.  It's free, and easy to use, and we've prepared a short video introduction to Slack and how to join, which you can view here: 

Our Autumn/Winter 2021 Training & Networking Programme

#CreativeNetwork - South West: Participatory Creative Project Support
Tuesday 19 October, from 11:00am - 12noon

#CreativeNetwork - Crafts: Restarting craft groups, activities & workshops
Friday 22 October, from 10:00am - 11:00am

#CreativeNetwork - Wellbeing: Practitioner support
Monday 25 October, from 1:00pm -2:00pm

Online Training: Getting your story out there
10 November, from 10:00am - 11:30am
Click for more info and to book your place

Online Training: Finding and using alternative spaces
8 December, from 10:00am - 11:30am
Click for more info and to book your place

Coaching and Mentoring Taster Workshop
18 January, from 3:30pm - 5pm
Click for more info and to book your place

Other regional #CreativeNetwork events either in person or on Zoom will be announced here in due course.

We'll be announcing our Winter/Spring 2022 programme in due course, but to give you an idea we're planning to host workshops offering Tech Support in January, Fundraising for Creative Community Projects in February and Organising Outdoor Events in March.  

We'd love to hear from you if you have any specific support you'd like us to include in these sessions or if you have suggestions for any other subjects you'd like us to cover.  You can do this via the help-learning-suggestions channel on Slack or by emailing [email protected]

Regional Development Officers England Team Contacts

England/North - claire [at]
London - natanya [at]
Midlands - nicola [at]
South East and East  - charlotte [at]
South West - sally [at]