Place Category: Arts & Culture
Create. Connect. Inspire.
- Art4Space is an award winning not-for-profit social enterprise founded and run by professional artists with more than 16 years’ experience
- Visual art is at the centre of everything we do
- We connect and enhance communities through art and inspire individuals through creativity
- We are a local organisation with an international reach
- We work with organisations and individuals to deliver creative solutions
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Art4Space-1.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders are asked to respond to a set of social impact questions, which are designed to help them think about the social impact they create, and to articulate this clearly and succinctly.
Updated October 2018
1) What social differences and changes have you aimed to create (or supported)?
- To improve cohesion in communities in London
- To improve the wellbeing of all service users
- Increase civic pride
- Reduce fear of difference
- Improve self- worth and self-esteem
- Increase meaningful contact between communities
2) What actions have you taken to address the above social aims?
- Training for low income disadvantaged adults
- Training for children – who are cared for, children with disabilities, children with SEN
- Drop in sessions for volunteers
- Community art projects – working with local charities and youth organisations
- School art projects
- Corporate engagement
3) What has changed and what benefits have been realised as a result of your actions?
- Improved life skills
- Improved social skills
- Improved employability skills
- Improved healthy mental wellbeing
- Improved public spaces
- Safer public spaces
- Increased community cohesion
4) How do you and other people know your aims are being achieved? Or how will you know?
- Course evaluations
- Post course reports
- Service user feedback forms
- Tutor evaluations
- Evaluation – 3 and 6 months after course finished
- Progression routes
The below questions are not mandatory, but Mark holders are encouraged to answer them where possible, to provide a fuller account of their social outcomes and the social value they create.
5) How many people have benefitted from your actions?
Art4Space ‘Bringing Art into the Community’
Since 1999 we have achieved:
- School Commissions - 121
- School Art Education Projects - 89
- Community Projects - 88
- Public Commissions - 14
- Private Commissions – 9
- Delivered training courses (SAP and WAM) – 56
- Community Consultation days - 71
- Hosted Corporate ‘Away days’ - 45
- Art workshops at Events /Festivals - 58
- Hosted Art4Space Events – 44
- Bespoke classes and parties - 116
- Volunteers (inc Boost and Creative Surgery) – 1800
- Volunteer placements - 32
- Apprenticeships / paid interns - 14
- Work placements – 122
- Teacher inset – 26
- Received Awards – 30
- Reached out to over 22,500 beneficiaries!
6) What examples can you provide of a typical service user experience, that helps illustrate the benefits they have experienced as a result of your actions?
Feedback from participants:
“Although I have Lived in Stockwell most of my life, I have never found anywhere to get involved locally within the arts and volunteering. Since coming to Art4space I have found a community around the corner where I can use my creativity to help others. Through art4Space I have worked with my community that I had always felt outside from, doing projects involving the local neighbourhood. including Stockwell festival, workshops, art auction etc. Art4Space is a warm and welcoming environment, a safe and inspiring place to come where we work together and feel part of a team both socially and creatively. In all my years in Stockwell I have never found anywhere like this, a real gem in London. My father who has had a stroke has been welcomed with open arms on art4Space volunteer days. He thoroughly enjoys it and gives my mother (his carer) a break as she knows he’s in a safe place. I have met and worked with volunteers from all walks of life and worked with all ages and feel supported, encouraged and inspired. Everyone is treated like a friend. I personally have been through some tough times lately with unemployment and depression, Art4Space has been a haven to lift me out of my doldrums, I come here to relax and always leave uplifted” Anonymous participant
"I have been unemployed for several years, I have very little qualifications and have a low esteem of myself. I found that coming to Art4Space and learning about different ways of applying art and teaching it, was very encouraging. I discovered about teaching techniques and helping with after school club has proved valuable. I found that Julie and Eli’s approach was steady, concise and very inspiring. Things like employability and preparation for job interviews also make me feel more relaxed about future job opportunities. My self confidence has grown and I feel that I am moving towards a position of work in this feld, having completed the course and feeling confident about that achievement. I think that this kind of course is great for people in similar position to me. It provides an avenue and a first step towards employment. I hope to find a position soon in the area of work." Chris McGrath - completed training course May 2013
"The course was very relevant for me because it introduced me to working with children and the community. Prior to that I was only working part time and had only ever worked in an office environment. Through this course I felt my confidence grow and developed an extreme sense of satisfaction working with children and the community. This course gave me the confidence to contact my local primary school, which led to me providing voluntary work which eventually led to paid work doing art workshops. This also led me to approaching other schools to teach martial art workshops. I am now a project development officer for the Clapham and Larkhall Collaborative of schools and I volunteer for a charity called the Klevis Kola Foundation. I am very grateful and privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from two amazing teachers, Julie and Ellie through this course." Jamie San – completed training course and is a sessional worker with Art4Space April 2012
7) What additional social benefits have you been able to deliver within your core services that distinguish you from other “for shareholder profit” providers?
Art4Space provides a weekly volunteer drop in service; the staff volunteer their time to deliver this (equal to £4,320 per year). It provides local people with a regular, safe space to meet and have a direct positive impact on their local community - there are 10 regular volunteers. This service helps to reduce isolation and increase the well-being and creative skills of volunteers.
Art4Space also provides a signposting service to all volunteers, staff, service users alerting them to local community events, local volunteer opportunities, training opportunities and job opportunities.
Art4Space offers work experience opportunities to students in school and studying at further education colleges. We support volunteers to develop their own community benefit projects, providing advice and contacts where possible.
8) What other social benefits have you contributed that go beyond your core delivery activities (ones that are completely unrelated to your main services)?
- We provide affordable space for hire for community groups – this helps to facilitate community groups with their development
- We also put on local events – about two per year for local residents and our service users to bring communities together
- We offer the use of our kiln to volunteers
- We provide materials at cost price to our staff and volunteers who want to run creative workshops
- We lend tools to staff and volunteers to support their projects
9) What social and environmental benefits have you created from internal operational policies and actions?
Art4Space supports the London Living wage.
Art4Space has a green policy – see below:
Art4Space recognises that as a company our work may have a direct or indirect impact on the environment. We are committed to minimising our negative impacts and acting in a sustainable way, meeting the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
We try to eliminate waste at source and some of the ways we do this is:
- The use of electronic communications – unless our clients request otherwise we send our budgets and proposals via emails. This saves on both paper and also carbon miles for postage.
- It is company policy that any documentation that does need to be printed is done where possible in draft format to use as little waste ink as possible.
- We reuse paper always.
We recycle whenever possible:
- We utilise the recycling schemes implemented by the local councils. An example is using the Work and Play schemes or Scrap Stores – where commercial waste can be put to creative use. Another example is we use an old towel scheme where we cut them up for cloths.
- The concept of recycling is taught and implemented throughout all our artwork. Another example is asking the children to bring in old pots for glue / paint etc.
- Our mosaic projects are partly created out of re-used materials, for example left over tiles, broken crockery or mirror.
Like all companies our purchasing decisions are influenced by cost, however this by no means is our only consideration, and we make a conscious effort to ensure we are buying from sustainable sources, which are local if possible:
- A lot of our paper comes from FSC sources.
- When possible we use the refill cartridge system.
- We try and purchase goods and services locally, to help the local economy and to reduce carbon miles.
At Art4Space we have undertaken a commitment to make our travel as green as we can. When we are not unloading we use public transport whenever possible.