CITY’S ARTS SECTOR PROVIDED LIFELINE THROUGH COVENTRY 2021 PARTNERSHIP

The arts sector is one of the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with everything from theatres, art galleries and production companies forced to close their doors. As we await details of the Government’s £1.57bn funding package, Heart of England Community Foundation and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 have joined forces to provide a much-needed boost to organisations and individual artists across Coventry and Warwickshire. Heart of England Community Foundation and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, which is currently working on a host of exciting events across the board of music, theatre and cultural heritage, has awarded more than £56,000

FOUNDATION PROVIDES ESSENTIAL SUPPORT TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH CRUCIAL FUNDING

After launching its Doing Things Differently Fund, Heart of England Community Foundation has supported a wealth of charities across the region, awarding over £872,000 of funding so far. Following on from the success of the Foundation’s Coronavirus Resilience Fund, this latest designated pot of money is aiming to ensure that community projects can adapt safely to the ‘new normal’, so that they can continue carrying out essential support in their area. Since launching the new fund in May, the charity has supported 35 projects across Birmingham. Stretching across the West Midlands and Warwickshire, the Foundation has lent a helping hand

Life After Lockdown: Returning To Work In The New Normal

As the country continues to ease itself into the ‘new normal’ with the reopening of shops, bars and restaurants, companies large and small are looking to begin welcoming their staff back to the office space with a phased return. While this may be welcome news for some who may have found it difficult in adjusting to working from home, leading West Midlands mental health charity, Living Well UK is focusing on helping those whose may be experiencing concerns or worries around the transition. Qualified in integrative psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, Holly Beedon, clinical lead at Living Well UK, has

ALL SMILES FOR BROMSGROVE’S NEW ROAD DENTAL PRACTICE WITH NATIONAL AWARD WIN

As dentists across the country begin to welcome patients back for appointments under the new Government guidelines, New Road Dental Practice has plenty to smile about as it’s also celebrating two prestigious award wins. The family-run dental practice has filled its place on the map as one of the top dentists in the Midlands, just in time for doors to reopen.  With a sparkling record of awards, Bromsgrove-based dental practice New Road Dental is celebrating the latest additions to its trophy cabinet, which include Team of the Year – Central at The Dental Awards and the Special Recognition Award in Prevention,

AWARD-WINNING JEWELLER MAKES SPARKLING MOVE TO THE CAPTIAL

With more than a decade’s experience in the jewellery trade, Roseanna Croft Jewellery has had a dazzling career: from crafting beautiful pieces for royalty; creating stunning bespoke designs; and even reincarnating heirloom pieces, to give them a new lease of life. Now, the Derbyshire-based brand is preparing to reach new heights in the industry, as it’s set to step outside its jewellery box and make the move to London. Having discovered a passion for jewellery at the age of 18, founder Roseanna Croft has travelled the world making bespoke pieces for clients, working with brands across the globe, as well

LESSONS AFTER LOCKDOWN: HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD’S WORRIES AROUND SCHOOL

In line with the Government guidelines, millions of pupils have started to return to class over the last couple of weeks. While teachers set to work on making classrooms socially distanced and parents try and prepared their children for their return, leading West Midlands mental health charity Living Well UK is warning of the wellbeing impacts of navigating a ‘new normal’ for kids, with signs of stress starting to show around Covid-19. Finding ways to educate children on mental health and wellbeing surrounding Covid-19 can be a challenge in itself, but Living Well UK is pushing the importance of an

CASTLE FINE ART REOPENS BIRMINGHAM FLAGSHIP GALLERY

The UK’s leading art retailer, Castle Fine Art, has announced the reopening of 30 of its galleries nationwide, including its flagship store at Birmingham’s Mailbox, from today (Monday 15 June).   As the nation welcomes the easing of lockdown, the doors to 30 galleries have reopened, with a series of measures put in place to keep customers, employees and artists safe amidst the “new normal”. Social distancing floor markers, dedicated sanitation points and limited customer numbers are some of the new in-store measures introduced. In addition to this, Castle Fine Art is offering private out of hours appointments, which can be

HEART OF ENGLAND OFFERS A HELPING HAND TO WOMEN’S AID CHARITIES

With many of us spending more – if not all – our time at home as a result of COVID-19, Women’s Aid has flagged the direct impact this has had on those experiencing domestic abuse. As calls to crisis centres experience a 25% spike since the start of lockdown, it seems that home is an unsafe space for many; in a bid to help, Women’s Aid charities from across the region have been making new provisions to ensure that they are able to help those who find themselves in this situation during these difficult times.  To help these efforts during

CASTLE FINE ART DRAWS UP ONLINE COMPETITON TO FIND NEXT YOUNG FINE ARTIST

Leading retail art gallery, Castle Fine Art, is inviting children to channel their inner Jackson Pollock by taking part in its Young Fine Artist in Residence competition. Adapting to the ‘new normal’, Castle Fine Art has hosted the competition online for the very first time, gathering entries so far from children across the country. Since launching in 2017, Castle Fine Art’s Young Fine Artist competition has encouraged creativity amongst communities and schools at its galleries across the UK. This year, the competition has asked young people to get creative at home and is hoping its competition will be a source of much-needed entertainment

STARTUP SPRINT LAUNCHES SCHEME TO ACCELERATE FEMALE FOUNDERS’ SUCCESS

While businesses continue to search for ways to adapt to the ‘new normal’, social enterprise Birmingham Enterprise Community (BEC) is rallying to support the budding careers of start-ups and scale-ups in the Midlands. Running its Startup Sprint programme, which equips 10 entrepreneurs each cohort with resources, skills, and advice to build their business, BEC has further extended support for underrepresented groups, by offering a number of female founders a free spot on the scheme. The Female Founder Scholarships have been debuted, following stats from The Alison Rose Review revealing that only one in three businesses are established by women. Furthermore,