She has brought lights, camera, and action to Settle Victoria Hall, transforming it into a thriving arts and community centre.
“Bands say have you heard of this secret place in the country packed at night time! It makes us laugh. – Ann.
Key Fund supported the purchase of cinema equipment and front of house PA system.
Ann forged an innovative partnership with National Theatre Live, and hosts dementia friendly and relaxed cinema screenings, as well as major events such as the Kendal Mountain Film Festival.
A lot of her friends stayed in academia because it’s ‘just so overwhelming when you have no work experience.’ “I started doing a bit of volunteering at Victoria Hall. I went straight from school to university so I didn’t have much life experience.” – Josie.
After a year of volunteering, the old administrator left, leaving the position open. Josie applied, and got it.
The Dales is suffering from a youth exodus, but Victoria Hall offered a vibrant job in the Arts.
“You need a variety of ages to keep these communities alive, not just the people who can afford the houses, which tends to be the older age group.” – Josie
Now, she has taken on more responsibilities, including finance and marketing. Josie enjoys the supportive environment it offers to the community.