To all our partners, communities, stakeholders and supporters, we hope you are keeping safe and well in these unprecedented times.
We are delighted to let you know that all Daisi staff will be returning to their normal working patterns on 1st November 2020, following a period of 7 months during which the majority of staff were placed on furlough or flexible furlough leave. Following government advice, all staff will work from home until further notice. You can contact us via the Daisi website or via each member of staff’s individual email addresses as normal.
Daisi extends its heartfelt thanks to Arts Council England and to the National Lottery Heritage Fund whose emergency funds have allowed Daisi to continue operating. During lockdown and since, their support meant we could proceed with enough capacity to engage in vital conversations and collaborations, enabling us to re-group, assess, adapt, and move forward with how our service could create benefit and opportunity under the new circumstances.
We are equally grateful to our funders such as Youth Music, who moved incredibly swiftly to create the flexibility and the moral support that we needed to adapt our programme. The challenges of loss of income for freelance artists, so central to Daisi’s partnerships, and loss of cultural provision for the vulnerable young people for whom it is so vital, were uppermost in our minds and drove us on our quest to stabilize, and then pick up again as soon as possible with delivering outcomes through new, different ways.
Please take a look at our new offer for Autumn 2020, special and feasible in the current times https://daisi.org.uk/new-autumn-2020-workshops-engagement/ I highly recommend the Daisi Bytes https://daisi.org.uk/new-daisi-bytes-artist-films/. They are beautiful films, offering a behind-the-scenes invitation into wonderful, diverse local artists’ lives and work in a way that the artists never have time for during a more traditional school delivery workshop. Made for primary schools but relevant to many other age groups, there are plenty of bolt-on activities to further enhance their usefulness.
Arts participation is vital to young people’s education, enriching their development across their creative, learning and wellbeing needs. Daisi continues to work with you to create safe opportunities for you to meet the cultural education needs of your children and young people.
Daisi is adhering to government guidance regarding COVID-19 safety measures and ensuring that required measures are woven into our existing practice and processes. We have been working throughout lockdown to amend and innovate our offer in order to create new arts participation opportunities that are suitable and safe in the current context. Daisi is really keen to help schools and non-formal settings to keep their cultural offer alive. It is possible to do this and still keep people safe.
With every best wish to you all,
Liz Hill, Director, Daisi