Invitation to join The Artery peer support network

York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub is providing the funding for an online peer support network with a difference. The Artery Peer Support Network brings together the best from the creative business and cultural sectors so your business, organisation or practice can thrive.

York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub

Invitation to join The Artery peer support network

York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub is providing the funding for an online peer support network with a difference. The Artery Peer Support Programme brings together the best from the creative, business and cultural sectors to support your creative practice or small business to thrive.

York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub

The Artery Peer Support programme is currently on offer to creative and small business owners in and around Craven and consists of:

  • Six peer support workshops offering 18 hours of support and challenge
  • Three hours of one-to-one coaching sessions with mentors
  • Joining kit with information around how to join, what to expect, how to prepare
  • Toolkit covering key learning from each session and a resource bank providing additional expertise and support

Places are limited and we are looking for a mix of people from different sectors.

The programme will start on 14th October, with workshops and mentoring sessions offered every three weeks. As this is fully funded opportunity we ask that participants attend all workshops.

The Workshop dates are:

  • 14th October 2021
  • 4th November 2021
  • 25th November 2021
  • 16th December 2021
  • 6th January 2022
  • 27th January 2022

If you would like to take part, please complete the expression of interest.

Please be assured that any data collected will only be used for this programme and will not be shared with third parties, other than York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub. Their privacy policy can be accessed here.

Who’s involved?

The peer support network is facilitated by Karen Merrifield and Leo Devine.

Karen has worked in the business, creative and cultural sectors. She sees the strengths of all three, particularly the cross over and the gaps where those working in the different sectors can inform and support each other.  Karen’s freelance practice focuses on learning, she works with heritage venues and visitor attractions on strategic change through to individual learning programmes. Story telling is at the heart of Karen’s work. She is particularly attracted to stories that make a difference; stories of change.

Leo Devine transformed the BBC’s silo-based newsgathering and planning operation into a multi-skilled and multi-media way of working. Leo is based in Cornwall but digital engagement means he is able to join offer his expertise and support around communication and organisational development. Leo enjoys working with undergraduates through to multi-national businesses. His focus is improving communication and management skills. Leo has just provided a programme of support to young journalists, covering the G7 in Cornwall alongside international media outlets.