Third Sector Magazine: 'Day in the Life' feature with Katharine Lane
Earlier this month, Third Sector Magazine featured Superact Director Katharine Lane in its "Day in the Life" section. Katharine isresponsible for the Community Development strand of Superact's business which is a high profile portfolio of UK-wide initiatives such as the ‘Our Big Gig’ project and the national First World War Centenary Project ‘The Last Post’.currently
You can see Katharine's full profile here and read the Third Sector interview below which has been reproduced with permission.
As a project funded organisation, part of my job is to look for pots of money that will enable to run our valuable community arts projects that make improve peoples lives.
The great thing about this is that my job is incredibly diverse and I work on a range of wonderful projects – anything that brings people together through the arts from putting communities back performing on their local bandstands to big outdoor music events - so I never get stuck in a rut.
At times it can raise the heart level a little because there are always many projects to juggle but the positives far outweigh the negatives!
Superact has flourished using the project funded model since 2008 but we are looking at ways to generate a core income which will enable us to develop and sustain the impact of our work. For example, charging for project management services and offering our BTEC qualification to more institutions would bring in business development funds while attracting private social investment and sponsorship from corporate CSR budgets would enable us to improve the lives of more and more people we work with.
When I’m not writing bids I’m busy project managing our community development projects, ensuring they’re on track and reporting to funders. I do love a good spreadsheet but I especially like getting out of the office a couple of days a week to visit our regional projects such as the courses we run that work with young people on probation in Somerset and Devon.
I also enjoy our international work and I was in Germany recently for the start of a new project on engaging hard to reach adult learners and I’m going to France soon for another Erasmus Plus project that combines community development, food growing and the arts! Of course I find the projects exciting and love it when communities embrace our work and feedback the difference we’ve made.
With project managers in every region of the UK, our national projects are often the most tricky to coordinate but also the most rewarding. The Last Post is a project we ran with Heritage Lottery funding to commemorate World War One which got people playing The Last Post on different instruments from the harp and ukulele. Even Mark Knopfler played on the electric guitar which attracted much debate and captured public interest which makes it all worthwhile.
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