Illustration by Jen Collins.

Take A Part CIC are a socially engaged arts and cultural organisation based in Plymouth, UK with significant reach in the South West region and on a national level in terms of platforming community embedded approaches to commissioning and placemaking.  

Since lockdown, there has been a pivot in the cultural sector to create more relevant, hyper-local and engaging work. In order to support the sector to take these steps and consider new approaches, we have been working on a series of Pay What You Can and Learn As You Go online workshops.  These workshops are to support the VALUES of socially engaged practice (inclusion, diversity, agency, co-creation, relevance, support etc) and STRUCTURES of socially engaged projects with communities (fundraising, governance, structures, evaluation, impact etc).

The outcome is a growing library of videos and worksheets that are useful for any practitioner working in community settings. We will be growing our offer over 2020 and 2021, and would love to hear from you if there are any specific areas of training you would like to see us cover. Please do get in touch at

Making Space for Storytelling w/ Beyond Face


Beyond Face CIC is a performance company based in Plymouth whose mission is to raise the profile and visibility of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people in the Arts. In this online training they explore their Storytelling practice and how key principles can be applied in creative work.

Creating with Communities w/ Strike a Light


Strike a Light has developed their own ‘recipe’: the 7 ingredients or principles for creating cultural events with communities, which are all explored in this workshop. They’ll share what we’ve discovered along the way and talk to people involved in the projects about their experience.

Arts & Community Fundraising w/ Rachel Dobbs


Rachel Dobbs is an artist & educator, based in Plymouth. In this training she will be taking you through some key info & top tips for thinking about Arts & Community Fundraising and getting started by building your own fundraising strategy



Aspex runs a diverse Learning Programme, providing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience contemporary visual art – from looking and discussing, to making and curating. 

Setting Up a Social Enterprise w/ Gareth Hart


This film series put together by Take A Part and Iridescent Ideas CIC explores the essential features of running community projects and social enterprises.

Inclusive Arts & Community Events w/ Far FLung Dance Theatre


Far Flung Dance Theatre is a professional integrated dance theatre company. will take you through some key information and top tips for thinking about how to plan for inclusive arts and community events, and help you gather the resources you need.



Focussing on the relationship between High View School and Take A Part as a case studies this series will give you you an insightful look into the process of developing Creative Education programmes. 


Workshop Formats



Each workshop has a series of videos you can watch and follow along from home, touching on key parts of the subject.



Along with videos you will have worksheets from the training providers in order to apply the learning to your own practice and give you an opportunity for reflection. 


Live Event

Soon after the launch of each workshop, you can attend a live online event with the providers which will give you an opportunity for discussion and Q&A.


Past Atendees

‘I feel much more confident about articulating the need for my project when fundraising, and will definitely be using the worksheets again. Thank you!’

Workshop Participant

‘The zoom aftercare session was really helpful, it enabled me to identify what I can do to welcome people with different access needs within my budget.’

Workshop Participant