The Blackpool Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) is a £1m project funded jointly by Blackpool Council, Historic England and the Department of Culture Media and Sport focused specifically on using built and cultural heritage to revitalise the high street.
The first strand of the project is all about improving streetscapes through improving the condition of historic buildings. This part of the HAZ builds on the success of the ongoing Quality Corridors project, which has focused on new pavements and road surfaces as well as a £1.5m shopfront replacement scheme on Deansgate, Topping Street and Edward Street. As part of this we’ll be restoring some if the Victorian shopfronts to the church street elevation of the Winter Gardens, putting back the Art Deco frontage of 28 Topping Street and restoring part of the Former Black’s building on Edward Street. In partnership with the Quality Corridors project, we’ll also be creating a creative cooperative hub at No. 28 Topping Street to provide local artists and creatives with a place to sell their work and run workshops and events. The work at the former Blacks building on Edward Street will also form the first phase of creating live/work units for creatives.
The second strand of the project is a bid for £120k to create a programme of cultural events to bring new offers to the high street and new reasons to visit it. Blackpool’s bid contains proposals for street markets (crafts/farmers/flea/specialist) using empty shops for film screening and performances well as heritage events and walks.
Aunty Social is on the hunt for at least one new Director to join the board of this creative and crafty community interest company based in Blackpool.
Our aspirations are to grow the Aunty Social projects that we already have and strengthen their sustainability and impact. We’re also interested in how we can develop as an organisation to ensure that we’re geared up to access larger funding opportunities and deliver services on behalf of public bodies.
With this in mind we have three key goals for 2017…
Increase opening hours in Charabanc Shop by at least 50%
Increased trading income (shop sales, film box office and advertising)
Securing of at least one large funded project to include project management fees
We’re looking for Director(s) with the following skills to join the board…
Commercial business experience (small business retail especially)
Financial management and/or accountancy
Human resources and/or legal
Private sector philanthropy
Details of the level of commitment and legal duties associated with being a Director are contained in the recruitment pack.
Last week Aunty took part in the London stage of the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) tour at Coin St Neighbourhood centre in London.
The London EYV Tour events lasted a week and were designed to inspire volunteers. The events, backed by the European Commission, offered anyone interested in helping others the chance to meet voluntary and community organisations and their volunteers. It was also a chance for volunteers to get together, share their experiences and discuss issues that affect them.
It was great to meet other organisations and their volunteers and a special ‘shout out’ goes to the lovely Mark from Consortium and May from Greater London Volunteering Also, a big Blackpool “thank you” to the EYV Tour staff who looked after us well and gave us some very bright orange t-shirts to fashion into something tasteful *cough* and oh so *cough* stylish.
Hello m’dears! We’re a lovely little collective that wants to give people in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast an opportunity to come together and build a vibrant, active community through conversation, exciting events, sharing of skills/interests and of course, yummy food. We also believe in the power of tea and cake…bringing people together over a brew 😀