COMMUNITY

As an independent Community Interest Company, 100% of our profits are reinvested to support our activities and to allow what we do to benefit an ever-increasing number of people. As well as funding artist development, the nurturing of talent and the restoration and upkeep of our heritage buildings, this money also supports arts and well-being and community activities as well as supporting individuals who require training and work experience. Here’s a few of the things we’re proud of…

Covid-19 Response

In partnership with Wigan Council and Fur Clempt:

Co-ordinating volunteers, delivering food parcels, doing regular welfare calls and setting up a lonely chat line. This activity is running throughout the UK-wide lockdown and is one of the key ways we are offering unbroken support to our community during these difficult times

School of Rock

In collaboration with Wigan Music Service we run a music school in which young people create compositions and hone their skills in live performance, lyric writing, song writing and stagecraft. In addition to these staples of becoming an active performer, our sessions allow individuals to develop a network of like-minded peers which can be a crucial asset to those involved.

Wigan Autistic Theatre Company

As part of our ongoing commitment to offering arts and culture for all, we are delighted to be the home of Wigan Autistic Theatre Company. We have collaborated with this talented group of theatre-makers and guided them through the incorporating of their organisation and  now, working together with our support and resources, they are flourishing and developing shows which we believe can be taken on the road.

Over 50's Jammers

In collaboration with Age UK we have a weekly jamming session held in The Grand Vault. Initially attended by a small handful of attendees, this group has grown to reach 30+ performers who have amassed a sizeable repertoire and have performed live on numerous occasions.

Arts for Dementia

Made possible with funding from Wigan Council, we now offer a programme of Dementia-friendly classes which include the popular art class which takes place in The Fork & Brush Café on site. These sessions are facilitated by our local associate artists and have now become a key part of our midweek offer.

Work Experience

Working with various partners including DWP, The Growth Company and Wigan Council we provide work experience for children and adults including adults with learning difficulties. One of the key aims of our scheme is for individuals to complete their placement feeling confident, equipped and ready to re-enter the working world. We ensure that work placements include time in various departments to allow an insight into the various strands of what we do. We feel that this offers a more rounded and fulfilling experience.

Wigan Pride & Events

We have lent support and experience to many community-led events and projects which take place in our borough. Aside from offering help when we think it’d needed, we are regularly approached regarding events we may be unaware are being planned. One such example is Wigan Pride. We were approached when this brilliant event was just in the planning stages. From initial consultation, we joined the planning committee and played a big part in bringing the idea to fruition for year 1 and then developing it into a bigger offering in years 2 & 3.

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The Old Courts is a trading name of Arts at the Mill CIC a registered Community Interest Company registered in England

under Number 07411657 at Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA