This is 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning first Social Impact Report. It outlines the journey that we have taken as a charity over the past three years and describes the steps that we are taking to both prove and improve our effectiveness as a charity. Within this report we present the results of our efforts to measure the difference that our work makes to the communities we work with in particular artists, visual arts audiences, young people and other diverse groups engaging with our activities.
In this our 25th year we are as committed as ever to making a real difference to people’s lives with projects that provide real benefit for personal, social and emotional well-being as well as supporting the development of emerging professionals seeking to build careers in the creative and cultural industries. We aim to unlock potential and provide a platform from which individuals can learn new skills, aim higher, achieve more and ultimately live fulfilling lives. In delivering our charitable objectives we want to learn how to improve the quality of our work and strive to do the best we can. Over the past three years we have been implementing the processes by which we can measure both the short term impact of our work as well as taking a longer term view as we are aware that the work we do today may result in change in the long term.
We are fortunate to have a committed Board of Trustees and staff team who work hard to achieve these goals. They are supported by volunteers to whom we owe our thanks for their time and effort in making a difference to their community. We also highly value our partnerships with other organizations, large and small and both in and outside of the arts who are able to enrich our programmes by bringing additional skills, opportunities and resources to benefit our participants.
This year we aim to secure our future by purchasing our premises to provide a community asset for years to come. The achievement of this goal will ensure that our organization can continue to grow and thrive, benefitting more people and providing a space where people are valued, contributing to the strength and resilience of our local area. We believe that we make a difference to people’s lives and we hope that this report demonstrates the ways in which we make this happen. Thank you for taking the time to read it and we hope that you will continue to support our work in the future.
Clarence Thompson MBE, Chairman 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning