An online peer support network for people who lead, organise, and host participatory creative cultural activities

Led by Creative Lives and supported by guest hosts from across the sector, Creative Community Champions peer support sessions are lightly facilitated to allow attendees to steer the discussion. We especially welcome first-time attendees to join this friendly, growing network of practice-based knowledge.

Sessions provide an opportunity to discuss challenges and developments such as:

  • How do we create impact in practice?
  • How do we create balance in leadership?
  • How do we welcome diverse participation?
  • How do we leave a project in a sustainable position?
  • And much more!

We'd also 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. 

Show and Tell / Hive Mind

We have two 7-10 minute slots available within each session for peer attendees to formally present a discussion point. These brief presentations could be about:

  • A challenge you're facing that you want to bring to fresh ears
  • Sharing learning with peers based on a project/development/discovery you've made
  • A question you have about co-creation that you want to hash out with a supportive group

Please email [email protected] with your idea before putting a presentation together so we can confirm your slot. Once we have confirmed, there will be £25 available to contribute to the cost of your time to do this.

About the Creative Community Champions Network

In spring 2021 Creative Lives invited creative community champions across England to tell us who they are, what they do, and what support they need via a short survey. Over 125 people responded to the survey. We analysed the results and listened to what respondents told us, and in response we launched the Creative Community Champions Network.

From September 2021, we held regular Zoom peer support sessions for this growing group, in addition to a Training & Networking Programme and a bespoke forum on Slack. 

We're currently exploring ideas for the future of the Creative Community Champions Network. If you'd like to be involved, or you'd like more information, please email [email protected].