Why is community touring important?

Live & Local recently conducted an anonymous survey with volunteers who promote professional performances in community venues across Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire which asked how the scheme had benefitted the Promoters, their groups and their communities. The survey demonstrated that as a result of taking part in a community touring scheme:

84% felt more connected to their community                                              

“This has introduced me to members of the community I have never before met and has involved them in other village activities.”

63% have learnt new skills that they can apply to other areas of their life

“I have used some of the experience gained on my CV and application forms and after a break of over 20 years I am now back in regular employment.”

66% are more active which helps their physical and mental wellbeing

“As I am retired, having [Live & Local] to coordinate gives me postive things to do and think about.”

75%  felt that taking part in a community touring scheme has helped to strengthen local identity and community spirit

“The older members of the community really appreciate getting to see live shows so close to home and easy to get to.”

100% have provided opportunities for local people to enjoy new experiences

“Every show we have put on has attracted high praise and being able to walk 5 minutes to get live music and a bar can’t be bad in a village with no pub or other community centre.”

About Live & Local

Live & Local is a not-for-profit arts organisation working across Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. We support a network of voluntary organisations that bring communities together to enjoy high quality, affordable and professional live performances and film screenings. Our work is made possible by investment from Arts Council England and local authorities in the areas where we work and it happens because of the dedication of volunteers.
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