Creative Connections Herefordshire is a partnership of organisations committed to improving opportunities for children and young people in Herefordshire.

By developing a collective and strategic approach we can expand our reach and impact to create exciting and inspiring opportunities for young people in Herefordshire; in their schools, communities and everyday life. The project is being managed by Hereford College of Arts, and funded by the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Arts Development Ltd and Arts Connect.  It has a Steering group, with representatives from cultural and educational sectors including funding stakeholders. The most recent Terms of Reference (November 2019) can be found here

To find out more please contact the Project Lead at cch@hca.ac.uk


Creative Connections has three distinctive aims:

Increase participation in arts and cultural activity

  • We will bring partners together from across the culture and education sectors, combining experience, knowledge and expertise to create transformative learning opportunities for children and young people in Herefordshire
  • We will ensure the voices of young people are heard in cultural planning and delivery
  • We will develop activities for children and young people as creators and encourage them to develop their cultural lives and into independent engagement
  • We will ensure that more young people have access to high quality creative and cultural activity both in and outside formal education

Increase levels of accreditation and recognition

  • We will raise the profile of Arts Award in schools and aim to increase the numbers of young people undertaking Arts Award qualification in Herefordshire
  • We will promote the benefits of Artsmark to schools and help to increase the number of schools with Artsmark status
  • We will work with cultural organisations and aim to increase numbers signing up to the Arts Award Supporter Scheme

Increase the buy in and active support of local, county and regional stakeholder

  • We will promote culture as a driver and vehicle for positive change and work with cross sector partnerships to deliver cultural activities with shared outcomes
  • We will develop networks for change, sharing resources, strategic aims and best practice
  • We will work with our local communities and develop new ways of working together

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