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The Community Champions programme will seek to engage communities which are not accessing literature on their terms. These are communities where educational attainment is low, there are few extra-curricular programmes for literature, and people are not engaging with literature for leisure. The reasons for this are thought to be:
MCOL has designed the Community Champions programme, drawing on examples from other parts of the cultural sector including The Agency (Battersea Arts Centre, Contact Theatre and other partners) and participatory arts practice. In this initial year, there will be three Champions working in Rusholme, Harpurhey/ Moston; and a third community in Manchester, to be confirmed. Champions will be recruited who are based in those communities and/or have a strong relationship with the particular communities. They will act as a bridge between the communities and literature in its broadest sense, and will seek to co-design programmes with communities.
You can download the full brief below. Please submit an expression of interest by Friday 26 February to Reece Williams, reece.williams[@]manchester.gov.uk.
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