PANDA, North of England – Peer Network grants

Friday 8 December 2017

Deadlines for applications: Wed 13/12/17; Mon 8/1/18; Mon 22/1/18 OR until all funds have been allocated. We are looking to fund up to 5 networks.

Why we are investing in this?  PANDA believes in the importance of challenge, shared experience, reflection and peer support as a vital aid to career development and personal resilience. However, in the face of increasing financial, political and social pressures, it’s difficult to dedicate time, space and funds towards this. Especially for the self-employed who have no automatic holiday pay, training provision or easy access to the support of colleagues.

Networks belong to, and are only as strong as, their members. We want to nurture strength, community, knowledge and resourcefulness. So we’d like to use some of our organisational development funding (thank you to Arts Council, England) to support 5 peer networks to be facilitated between December 2017 and April 2018.

We have over 12 years direct experience of facilitating networks. We know it takes time, energy and money and that for this reason, freelancers are often excluded from participating in peer networking. Some manage to run on a voluntary basis but without support, burn out quickly. But we also know how essential it is, especially in these volatile times.

Further information, eligibility, criteria and how to apply can be found on our website: