Every year we track and monitor our collective economic impact. NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues (NGCV) commissioned its fourth annual Economic Impact Assessment from independent consultants, ERS for the year 2011-12. This demonstrates the collective impact of the 10 organisations (representing 22 venues in total) on NewcastleGateshead's and North East England's economy.
We share information about our impact to demonstrate the value of the cultural sector to the region's economy and people.
1) Economic Impact
We have also developed an NGCV Capital Investment Strategy to maximise the economic potential of the cultural sector and the wider North East, through a co-ordinated programme of job and wealth creating capital investments and by providing further enterprise and skills support opportunities. Further details are available under the Capital Assets workstrand.
2) Social Impact
We have started collating figures around the social impact of our work, to demonstrate how far reaching into communities our impact is:
These programmes and projects aim to maximise the social impact of the area’s cultural assets for the benefit of hard to reach, vulnerable and marginalised individuals, groups and communities.
These can include young people who are not in education, employment or training, those in care or care leavers, ex-offenders, people with mental health problems, older people who may have significant health or mental health issues, as well as being at risk of isolation, people with disabilities, carers, people with drug or alcohol problems and a wide range of others who are all engaged proactively through arts, culture, science and heritage activities, directly and through partnership working.
The impact of their engagement can be life-changing and long-term, building confidence and aspirations and inspiring people to make positive changes in their lives. It can bring enjoyment and enthusiasm and improve people’s quality of life in a very significant way. Some of the feedback from people who have been involved with our activities over the last year is provided overleaf as examples of this deep and meaningful impact.
In addition, we provide work experience, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities for people of all ages, who may not otherwise have the opportunities to gain skills, knowledge and experience and who get so much benefit from their involvement, just as we benefit from our engagement with them.
Some participate as a way to progress to education, training or work, others engage as a way of giving back to the community and to share their passion for culture, for example in 2011-12, 854 volunteers gave over 31,751 hours of their time to be involved with NGCV activities.
NGCV carries out an annual economic impact assessment to determine the group's collective impact on the economy of NewcastleGateshead and North East England. The most recent report was completed for the 2011-12 financial year and the headline summary and the full report can be downloaded below. We have also added a social impact briefing note, to demonstrate the broader impacts that our work has on people and communities.
Whenever appropriate, NGCV also produces joint statements to submit to Government or other consultations, to demonstrate the impact or position of the cultural organisations.
NGCV Joint Submission to North East Local Enterprise Partnership area Economic Review (Lord Adonis-led review in the NE LEP area 2012-13)