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SPAN

30 years of community arts in Pembrokeshire

About

SPAN is a vibrant community arts charity based in Narberth, with a 30 year history of bringing the arts to rural Pembrokeshire.

SPAN is driven by the core belief that the arts have the power to improve people’s lives and acts as an agent for Arts as Social Change in West Wales.

We are ambitious for the arts in Pembrokeshire to inspire & connect rural people, places and communities creatively.

SPAN is committed to ensuring that all of our activities are inclusive, relevant and accessible to everyone.

Events

A high quality and diverse programme of music, theatre, voice, dance and carnival events held at variety of venues and settings across Pembrokeshire.

A couple of highlights include:

  • Live music at the Queens Hall with acts such as The Baghdaddies, Electric Swing Circus, Dabbla and more.
  • Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival
  • River of Lights Lantern Parade

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Projects

A vibrant and diverse programme of high quality arts and wellbeing projects that break new ground in the field of arts, health and social change

Recent highlights include:

  • SPAN Digidol – A 2 year experiment looking at how we can reach more people in the arts with more creative use of technology
  • Remote Choir – A  singing project developed in response to the increase in chronic and severe loneliness experienced by older people in Pembrokeshire
  • Cor Pawb – An mass intergenerational community choir with singers aged from 6 to 106.

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Volunteering

We provide opportunities for a wide range of people to gain skills, experience and take part in the community. This can be a vital lifeline for many isolated and/or vulnerable individuals living in rural areas.

“Accessibility and inclusion are buzz-words which are very rarely implemented. I was welcomed, there was no criticism and it was a great example of how teaching could be.” Lin Hill, Volunteer at Asylum Seekers Project.

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Work with us

Volunteer Development Officer 

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and exceptional individual to become our Volunteer Development Officer to coordinate, nurture, support, train and consult with SPAN Volunteers, in order to help shape a viable post-covid community arts offer for Pembrokeshire. 

The post will be responsible for overseeing the overall wellbeing, satisfaction and safety of SPAN Volunteers and will be delivered in line with Span Arts Equality and Diversity policy. 

This is an incredibly important role for Span Arts, and we are looking for someone who is friendly, confident and approachable and has the ability to embrace the SPAN values of kindness, respect and acting inclusively. 

Job Title:  Volunteer Development Officer 

Responsible to: Span Arts Director  

Location: Narberth, online and event locations 

Salary: £22k p.a FTE (£13,200 p.a pro rata) 

Hours: 21 hours per week 

Fixed term contract until 31/3/2022. The SPAN Board feel this post is a core part of the SPAN Team and are actively seeking funding to make it a long-term sustainable post. 

Some evening & weekend work will be required  

Holiday 5.6 weeks pro rata including Bank Holidays  

Span Arts is committed to achieving equality of opportunity in both services to the community and the employment of people and expects all employees to understand and promote its policies in their work.  

We will not be accepting CV’s for this position. Please download and complete the application pack here VDO Application Pack June 21  or email info@span-arts.org.uk for further information. 

Closing date: 9am on Thursday 8th July 2021 

Interviews: Thursday 15th July 2021 

WOW! That was such a memorable and wonderful evening!

SPAN Friends

Love SPAN? Make friends!

Become a Friend of SPAN and support the charity to keep the arts alive in Pembrokeshire. 

For just £20 per year, SPAN Friends will receive ticket discounts, complimentary brochures posted to your door and special offers. But most of all you can feel good in the knowledge that you are contributing to safeguarding the organisation and helping bring culture to Pembrokeshire.

In addition, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Feel good factor in making an important contribution to the arts in Pembrokeshire!
  • Receive discounts on tickets for most events held by Span Arts (usually £2 discount)
  • Complimentary season brochure sent directly to each Friend
  • Ability to reserve tickets up to 1 week in advance
  • Receive special offers and deals ahead of others

Annual SPAN Friends Prices:

Adult: £20 per year (equates to £1.66 a month)
Concession:£17.50 per year for people in receipt of state pension, state benefits and students.

Become a SPAN Friend today!

SPAN Voting Members

Become a Voting Member of SPAN and have a say in its future.

SPAN is a Company Limited by Guarantee without a Share Capital. It therefore has Members who act as guarantors of the Charity.

In accordance with SPAN’s Articles of Association anyone can become a Member of SPAN providing:

  • You are over 18
  • Make a payment of £1
  • Agree to act as guarantors of the Charity i.e. you guarantee to contribute towards any debts owed by SPAN. This amount is limited to £1.
  • Your Application will be approved by SPAN’s BOARD OF TRUSTEES
  • You abide by the Terms and Conditions*, which are set out below.

As a member of the charity this enables you to vote on topics raised at the annual AGM.

WHAT WILL I RECEIVE IN RETURN?

As a Member of SPAN you are entitled to:

  • Attend the AGM and other general meetings.
  • To vote to elect those who wish to sit on the Board of Trustees.
  • Be informed on all major developments affecting SPAN business and services
  • Access to SPAN’s Annual Report and End of Year Accounts.
  • Opportunities to seek election to the Board of Trustees.

To apply please pay your one off payment of £1.

Purchase Voting Membership Fee

If your application is unsuccessful the £1 will be treated as a donation to SPAN.

*TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • I agree to act as guarantor of the Charity and to contribute towards any debts owed by SPAN. This amount is limited to £1.
  • I agree that my name will appear on the Register of Members
  • I agree to take responsibility that my information is kept up to date and accurate.

Meet the Team

Staff

  • Kathryn Lambert, Director
    Kathryn Lambert
    Director
    Kathryn has over 20 years' experience developing and running many successful arts projects in England and Wales. She is passionate about bringing high quality art into rural areas and challenging environments and believes in the power of art to create social change.

     

  • Vicki Skeats, Finance Manager
    Vicki Skeats
    Finance Director
    Vicki has worked in the financial sector her entire life, but her passion has always been theatre. She was thrilled to join Span in 2019, bringing her skills to assist this vibrant and exciting community arts organisation.

     

  • Di Ford, Digital Marketing and Design
    Di Ford
    Digital Marketing and Design Assistant
    Di is a designer and illustrator specialising in set and costume design, puppetry and illustrating children’s picture books. Di’s core beliefs revolve around applying creativity into daily life. She embeds this into her work at SPAN as well as the communities, schools, and people she collaborates with. Her most recent projects have involved working for National Theatre Wales and Arts Council Wales Lead Creative School Scheme.

     

  • Emrys Barnes
    Programmer and Events Coordinator
    Emrys is an arts project-manager, specialising in administration, education and performing arts. He has worked for national companies, small independent organisations, and as freelancer, both in the UK and abroad.
    He also has experience as an independent creative producer, having predominantly worked in socially-engaged arts. He is particularly interested in arts and environmentalism, and is a coordinator of Wales Cultural Alliance’s Climate-Culture Working Group.

     

  • Catriona Fothergill
    Singing Practitioner
    Cat is passionate about getting people singing and believes anyone can sing. She holds two regular singing groups including Cân Sing in Narberth, besides singing in care homes, guest teaching other choirs and getting together with other singing leaders and choirs in Span Arts' Côr Pawb massed choir - Côr Pawb (everyone's choir). She is also a Singing for Breathing practitioner.
    She chooses uplifting, moving songs from all over the world and loves to bring a group together in harmony to help people to feel connected and joyful.

     

  • Molara, Community Engagement Officer
    Molara
    Molara, Community Engagement Officer
  • Nia Lewis
    Arts and Health Coordinator
    Arts and Health Coordinator Nia Lewis is a passionate advocate for the benefit of arts participation, at whatever level.  She is an experienced project manager, facilitator and textile maker and designer. Nia has worked with Span Arts on a range of projects over the last 5 years.

     

  • Rowan O’Neill
    Community Producer
    Rowan O’Neill is a freelance artist and performance maker from Felinwynt with over fifteen years’ experience of working collaboratively with communities on creative projects in West Wales.  Rowan is currently working with Span as Community Producer on the project Cân y Ffordd Aur / The Song of the Golden Road, a Radio Ballad that will bring together, consolidate and celebrate the work of Planed’s Preseli Heartlands project.

     

Trustees

  • Catherine Davies, Chair
    Catherine Davies
    Chair of Trustees
    Trustee of SPAN since 2014 when retired as Chief Executive of Hafan Cymru, national Welsh charity supporting people experiencing domestic abuse, after 35 years of working in the field of homelessness and domestic abuse. Extensive experience of management at a senior level, both of people and resources, and good skills in strategic management, networking, raising funding, dealing with local and national government and financial management. Director of Fron Farm Retreat, Chairperson of Carmarthen Youth Project and Chairperson of a community benefit society who hope to buy local pub and run a community hub.

     

  • Nikki Warrington, Treasurer
    Nikki Warrington
    Treasurer
    Nikki has been a trustee of SPAN since 2017 when she retired as Deputy Chief Executive of Hafan Cymru, national charity supporting people experiencing domestic abuse. Nikki has extensive experience of management at a strategic level, policy development and financial management.  Previous careers include Research Assistant / Lecturer and senior officer within Local Government. Has been involved with amateur drama groups for over 35 years.

     

  • Sue Gavin
    Sue Gavin has been a SPAN Board member for 2 years. She has had many varied jobs over her working life. The most recent being 17 years in the NHS working as a clinician/counsellor for West Wales substance misuse service. Occasionally Sue co-tutors courses based around wellbeing and mental health issues. Sue enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, swimming, and travel, she also volunteers for SPAN.

     

  • Lisa Marie De Benedictis
    A trained lawyer, Lisa now works in communications, PR and marketing and has over 9 years’ experience of working in IP development and business development. She is also a published poet and writer.

     

  • Simon Malpas
    (Known as Bertie Malpas.) Public School educated. Walked away from education after A levels to become a Zoo Keeper at Chessington. Worked in many fields since. Now works as leaflet distribution driver for Folly Farm. Have played trumpet for 50 years, stage managed and compèred for less long. Also worked in music video industry. Volunteer for SPAN.

     

  • Vandy Sahai
    Twenty-five years of management experience across the Higher Education, wholesale/retail and hospitality sectors in two culturally different countries. Vandy is a creative and an intuitive manager with an eye for detail, a passion for consistent high-level service delivery, an ability to develop diverse businesses and a keen financial eye. Experienced in managing change, business analysis and planning; in developing and implementing a pragmatic approach, delivering on specific business projects, optimising resources, cost control, budget setting, financial management and developing disparate teams in commercial environments.

     

  • Sue Lewis
    Sue Lewis has enjoyed a 30-year career in journalism and is now focused on community issues. She was involved in the £12m campaign to restore Cardigan Castle and is currently working on a project to rebuild a community hall in Aberporth. A mother of five, she is a community councillor, school governor, plus chair of Clynfyw Care Farm in Abercych. She is passionate about the arts, heritage and local politics.

     

  • Abi Marriott
    Vice Chair
    Abi works with PLANED as a Community Well-being and Resilience Officer. She previously coordinated a Mencap Cymru project. She is a graduate of Social Inclusion bringing skills in training delivery, communication methods and managing volunteers. She is passionate for everyone to have their voice heard and be included within their community.

     

  • Alan Cameron Wills
    Now retired, Alan worked as a computer programmer, researcher, tutor, and technical writer. He began in the days when a computer occupying an air-conditioned hall didn't have the power of the phone now in your pocket. He helps with Span's website and Map Digi Penfro.

     

A Potted History

  • 1986 Taf and Cleddau Community Arts was founded
  • 1987 First Children’s Festival (with acts such as No Fit State Circus)
  • Circa 1990 Secured funding from The Arts Council of Wales for the first time
  • 1998 Changed our name to South Pembrokeshire Arts Network
  • 2001 Became a company limited by guarantee known as SPAN
  • 2004 Span Development Project – A 3 year project taking arts into the villages
  • 2006 Purchased the SPAN building on Town Moor Narberth, with funds from Community Facilities Programme
  • 2008 Founded Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival
  • 2014 SPAN’s mission ‘Arts for Everyone/Celfyddydau i bawb’ was launched.
  • 2015 Secured 3 year Big Lottery Funding for The Cheerful Project
  • 2015 First River of Lights Lantern Parade in Haverfordwest in partnership with spacetocreate
  • 2018 Secured wide range of project funds to deliver on a number of key social change agendas, working across the county of Pembrokeshire.
  • 2019 New vision for Arts as Social Change in Rural Wales adopted
  • 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic – Operated exclusively online

Contact us

 

Phone: 01834 869323
Twitter: @spanarts 
Facebook: facebook/spanarts
Email info@span-arts.org.uk
Address: Span Arts
Town Moor
Moorfield Rd
Narberth
Pembrokeshire
SA67 7AG

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