Our Impact

Covid-19 has changed the world in 2020 and for the foreseeable future. Many of our prelockdown plans will remain unfinished ideas. The assessment of our impact is about the lessons we have learnt in lockdown to take us into our new normal.

25,000

Opportunities to create

10,700

Non-digital opportunities to participate

66

Workshops delivered

5-80

Age range of participants

7

Freelancers retained

6 new

Freelancers engaged

Some of the groups we have been working with

Kingston Libraries, Croydon Libraries, Real Birth Project, Katy’s Fitness, Be Healthy Coaching, Hounslow Young Carers, Make Spaces Tooting, Reach Community Hub, Imperial War Museum, National Archives, Hounslow Community Foodbox, Reach Academy, HomeStart Hounslow, Homestart Richmond, Homestart Kingston, Learn English At Home, Feltham Salvation Army, Hounslow Young Carers, Kingston Foodbank, Kingston Refugee Action, Voices of Hope, Learn to Love to Read, Dons Local Action Group, Heathmere Primary School, Smallwood Primary School, St. George’s Hospital, Earlsfield Foodbank, Kingswood Estate, schools in and around the UK and internationally.

What people have said about our work

“StoryClub is so thoughtfully created.”

“Thanks for this – such great activities!”

“We can’t tell you how brilliant we think StoryClub and Bounce Theatre are.”

“Thanks so much for the packs you delivered to me. Gosh they’re fantastic!”

“A huge Thank You, from me, to you and all at Bounce Theatre for StoryClub! It has been so lovely to see the creativity that Otis is capable of each week and to watch his little face beaming with pride every Friday when he watches Katie reading his stories and poems out loud. We look forward to taking part in the digital workshops throughout the summer.”

“Imagine… is a brilliant learning resource I will use with my students in the autumn.”

“He has been absolutely buzzing all week after having his story read out live and he can’t believe it had over 600 views, he now thinks he is famous!”

“Thanks so much for reaching out it means a lot.”

“I get so much out of the exercise classes, and although I do enjoy your company I don’t enjoy the exercise, but I feel great afterwards!”

“Thank you so much for sharing your lovely energy when leading the class.”

“I am SO thankful for Katy and Sakina’s sessions: they have already made a big difference to me and made me feel more connected to other women who are also pregnant, more positive, and more reassured.”

Things we have learnt during lockdown


Delivering differently

Covid-19 has reshaped the way we delivered our work. Since March, like the rest of the world, we have learnt to rethink our delivery. We developed a hybrid model of work born blending digital and non-digital opportunities to participate. This has increased the number of people we have engaged with, expanded our geographical reach and led to the formation of new connections, partnerships, and opportunities to use creativity for good. This learning will inform our work for the years ahead as we seek to find new ways to make access to the arts more equitable, whilst harnessing the opportunities technology brings.

Developing Our Team

As we continue to write a new business plan, the last few months have highlighted inequities in employment within the arts. We are working with an HR consultant to investigate new ways to support emerging talents, create more stable employment for freelancers, and to further diversify our team.

Working with young people

Prior to lockdown, we were working in partnership with a number of organisations on youth projects. Through lockdown, we are slowly returning to forming our own set of young companies. It is something we’ve missed and something we are excited to see back in our business. Watch this space!

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