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LOLCIO are seeking a locally based Community Connector

Seeking: Community Connector (Arts and Culture), serving the community of Levenshulme.

Levenshulme Old Library CIO has received funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), to employ a suitably experienced community connector under a Covid Recovery Programme.

Covid19 has resulted in significant changes for building users, tenants and hosted activity. We require an experienced community connector to work with us to:

  • Understand the diverse needs and aspirations of our community
  • Identify the arts and culture related activity (in its widest sense) that might meet those needs and respond to the impact of Covid19 in our local community.
  • Gather feedback from existing user groups and work with permanent staff team to develop the Levenshulme Old Library offer/building users
  • Share this learning to support the Business Consultant and Trustees to develop funding applications and our business plan to better serve our community.

You will be supported by staff and trustees of LOLCIO, to plan, report and undertake this work in a focused way to achieve the wider organisational objectives. Due to the need to maintain Covid safe working, much of your time will be desk based, though we hope you will be able to engage directly with the community during the project.

The work will be delivered flexibly over Spring and Summer of 2021. We are offering a self employed role, expected to work out  at around one day a week over 15 weeks on this project. Rather than how many hours you spend, we are most interested in what you discover and your ability to connect widely within our community.

How to apply

  • We are inviting Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced locally based individuals, preferably with an existing background in the Arts and Culture, Heritage or Community sectors.
  • Please submit your CV, plus a brief (1 page) statement, including relevant previous experience and how you would approach this role (including your availability and proposed timescales), listing two referees we may approach at a later stage.
  • NB: As this is a self employed role you will be responsible for your own tax and NI payments.
  • We will shortlist 3 applicants to complete a more detailed proposal and Zoom interview.

If you are interested in this role you must apply by 9.00am on Monday 3rd May 2021

For more information and where to send your application please download the full details


 

LOLCIO are Seeking a Freelance Business Consultant

Role Description: Business Consultant (Arts and Culture), Levenshulme

Under a government funded Covid Recovery Programme Levenshulme Old Library CIO has received funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), to employ a suitably experienced business consultant.

Initial EOIs need to be submitted by email by: 9.00am on Monday 3rd May 2021

Context

Our existing 3 year business plan runs out in 2021 and Covid19 has resulted in significant changes for building users, tenants and hosted activity. We require an experienced consultant to work with us to:

  • Review our operations
  • Make proposals on how we meet our social mission (in light of Covid19)
  • Develop our future strategy for the building and organisation
  • Identify and develop funding applications and revise our income generation model for financial sustainability

Timescales

The work will be delivered during 2021 and in two stages. Funding will be equally split 50% between stages. All work must be completed by Dec 2021

How to apply

  • We are inviting Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified consultants with a background in the Arts and Culture, Heritage or VCFSE Sector.
  • Please submit your CV, plus a brief (1 page) statement, including relevant previous experience, your proposed day rate, and how you would approach this role, listing two referees we may approach at a later stage.
  • NB: As this is a self employed role you will be responsible for your own tax and NI payments.
  • We will shortlist 3 consultants to complete a more detailed proposal and Zoom interview.
  • Closing date is Monday 3rd May 2021

For more information, including where to send your application, please download the full specification


 

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Any amount makes a huge difference.


Lockdown Update

How we are responding to Covid19

We are working towards a staged re-opening of our building from the 12th April 2021

We continue to work behind the scenes to ensure that the building is at the best possible standard for groups returning.

Please get in touch if you need any further information.

It was with immense sadness we had to take the very difficult decision to close the building  for the first national lockdown in March 2020, and again for the 4-week period of the 2nd national lockdown in November 2020. With the worsening situation over Christmas and the latest New Year lockdown we have had to remain closed to the general public.

We know that for our user groups this is a great disappointment.

We continue to review the position as the situation evolves, but for now we are working towards a limited re-opening after Easter in April 2021, guidelines permitting. Staff and trustees continue our focus to keep the building safe and secure, and raise funds to offset the loss of income we have suffered.

As a result we are pleased to announce a new grant application has been successful, from the Architectural Heritage Fund. This is to help update our business plan to secure sustainability in the long term. We are actively pursuing other funding to make essential building adaptions and recover lost income.

Its a difficult time for everyone. Community buildings like ours are essential to rebuilding strong communities after the pandemic. We really need the support of our community too. If you can help in any way, offering time or expertise, or by making a donation, we would be very grateful.

Please get in touch if you need any further information.

Santas First Zoom Call

Looking for some holiday cheer?
In true 2020 style, this year Father Christmas went online at LOL…

Sunday's santa pictureWe enjoyed a socially-distanced Santas grotto experience from home with our Zoom call with Santa Claus! With classic Christmas tales and group carolling for a jolly festive time!

Sun 20th and Mon 21st December 2pm – 3pm

This event was pay as you feel, with a suggested donation of £3… Paypal.me/levoldlibrary

Dog-lovers create calendar to raise money for Levenshulme Old Library

Dogs of Levenshulme calendarA pack of dog-lovers have joined forces with the Levenshulme Old Library to create a charity calendar celebrating local dogs, to help raise vital funds to support the community arts organisation. 

With the talents of a local photographer, Zarina Akhtar, a socially-distanced photo shoot was organised in Highfield Country Park during October where several local pooches had their photos taken. The calendar was then created by a design student at Loreto College, Essa Mustapha.

All volunteers involved in the project have offered their time and services pro-bono, in order to raise as much money as possible for Levenshulme Old Library, during what has been a very difficult year for the arts and culture sector.

The calendar is now on sale and all profits will be donated to Levenshulme Old Library. Featuring 13 beautiful photos of a variety of breeds in all shapes and sizes, it is the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life. You can buy the calendar online now with prices starting at £12 with local pick-up, M19 and UK-wide delivery options available: https://dogsoflevenshulme.bigcartel.com

The calendar is also being sold at a pop-up Makers’ Fair at Levenshulme Old Library this weekend (Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December 2020), which has been organised to raise money for the library and help local artists and designers.

For more information about the Dogs of Levenshulme calendar, please email dogsoflevenshulme2020@gmail.com. You can also follow our Instagram account (@dogsoflevenshulme) for updates.

LevyFringe 2020

Levy Fringe is now over for this year

Our Thanks to everyone that came!


We are really excited to announce LevyFringe 2020.

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Book your place now to attend a wide range of engaging and entertaining performances, exhibitions and activities.

Download the LevyFringeProgramme

Immerse yourself in arts curated and delivered by the creative community of Levenshulme. A community with spirit evident during the pandemic – plus a splash of work from national artists!

All tickets under £4.50! Many events are free.

We’ve worked hard to produce a programme that showcases our diverse community; lectures covering subjects from the environment to horror, exhibits that tell our local lockdown story and lots of surprise pop-ups from Circus, Strings and Drag Story-Time, plus award-winning comedians and a gig-theatre show. We aim to entertain, empower and celebrate arts and culture!

The 2020 arts festival’s events will be a mix of streaming on YouTube, Zoom and a handful of in-person, socially distanced events running from Thursday 22nd – Saturday 31st October.

You are invited to our 2020 Annual General Meeting.

Due to the pandemic and to maintain safe social distancing…

The AGM will be held online via ZOOM
on the 19th October 2020 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm

To register your place please: CLICK HERE

When you register you will need to give your name, a postcode and email address. You will then be sent a link to join the meeting. If you are new to ZOOM or have any concerns about taking part online please feel free to get in touch.

If you can’t join online a very few places may be available face to face.

To ask to attend in person click here to email us. You will have to wear a facemask, have no Covid symptoms and maintain strict social distancing.


Response to Covid-19. September 2020 UPDATE

Our building is starting to re-open for limited covid-secure activities.

Following public health guidance about social distancing and avoiding large gatherings, in March 2020 we took the difficult decision to cease public activities at Levenshulme Old Library building on Cromwell Grove.

Levenshulme Old Library is still not open for drop-in by the public unless by prior arrangement. Continue reading Response to Covid-19. September 2020 UPDATE