Who We Are
We are a Community Interest Company based in the North West of England and working to support communities, and voluntary and community organisations.
What We Do
- We help voluntary and community organisations from the culture and heritage sector to become stronger and more sustainable.
- We want them to be better placed to respond to the needs and challenges faced by them and the people they work with.
- We help communities and organisations to capture and protect their heritage and history for now and for future generations.
- We empower communities to develop creative responses to social issues.
How We Do It
- Project Development – working with voluntary and community organisations to develop and deliver projects that identify and respond to the needs of the people they work with;
- Project Management – managing and coordinating projects on behalf of other organisations and partners;
- Evaluation & Community Consultation – evaluating the impact of community projects and initiatives; giving communities the opportunity to shape the decisions that are being made on their behalf;
- Fund Raising – delivering a bespoke fundraising service, securing funding from various income streams, and delivering fundraising training.
- Community Development – designing and delivering innovative community projects;
Director of The Community Heritage CIC
Karen is a Full-Time qualified Youth and Community worker and has managed Third Sector community projects and community buildings across the Northwest of England and within the USA. She has a master’s degree in the Practice of Community Education and a Post Graduate Certificate in Social/Oral History. In addition. Karen worked as an OFSTED Post Compulsory Education Inspector for 11 years ( 2007 to 2018 ) inspecting services for Children and Young People across the UK.
She has worked as the Regional Development Manager for the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund, and still works as a freelance Grant Assessor for BBC Children in Need. Karen has also been Head of Business Development for two UK wide charities and also volunteers in her hometown with the Friends of Hindley Cemetery who are restoring an old Chapel to bring it back into community use.
Director of The Community Heritage CIC
Catherine has many years’ experience of working in the voluntary and community sector. She set up The Community & Heritage CIC in early 2020 with Karen May in order to develop new ways to work with communities who do not traditionally engage with heritage. She has worked with older people, young deaf people, and minority ethnic communities designing, planning and managing projects which explore people’s histories and identities and help to build links across communities. Previously she managed an urban regeneration programme working with Manchester’s ethnic minority communities. She is PTTL Level 3 qualified and is studying for BSL Level 2.
Catherine is a trustee of Friends of Tottington Library, a community run library which was saved from closure in 2017. It has developed into The Tottington Centre, an entirely volunteer run community hub offering a range of services and activities to local people of all ages.
James Hinchcliffe MA (Hons), PG Dip ARM.
Associate of The Community & Heritage CIC
James has a proven background in Archives and Heritage management, working in collections here in the UK, Europe and the United States. Primarily working in the collections of the Order of Carmelites, the diverse collection provided ample opportunity to work with academics, community groups and external partners. James also has a background in youth and community work in Glasgow. James also has a wide network across the Arts and Heritage community on an international level, working with community groups, start-up projects, as well as long established organisations, such as the Cooperative Movement and the National Institute of Newman Studies, Pittsburgh (USA).
James’s academic background is rooted in the traditional subjects, holding a master’s degree in History from the University of Glasgow, and a post graduate diploma in Archives and Records Management, from the University of Liverpool.