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I Stand For What I Stand On


Strike A Light are seeking an experienced director/writer/theatre maker to collaborate with an amazing group of young climate activists from Gloucester, to create a new piece of work.


The project will explore their relationship to the climate, their fears for the impending crisis and their place in the world as young activists.The journey to making this would connect with other young activists from across the globe, linking up and sharing fears, concerns and activism, as well as curating a collective voice.


The global pandemic, the fact we want to engage young people from around the world and the negative environmental impact of traditional touring theatre, means that we’d like to work with someone who has experience in using digital media and online tools creatively and is excited to explore different formats for performance and touring.

We want to explore lots of questions:

  • Can we create something with a live audience which still responds to social distancing guidelines?
  • Can we integrate in person and digital performance and audiences?
  • Can we create a format which can be shared or replicated by other groups of young people? 


We would like the piece, (working title I Stand For What I Stand On), to preview in October underneath Gaia in Gloucester.

 
Due to the changing nature of all of our working patterns at the moment we are flexible as to how this work is made and open to new ideas. SAL are firmly committed to the young climate activists in Gloucester and their strong will to change legislations and ultimately help save the planet.They fear for their future and we believe we should listen to them.


What are are looking for

A creative or company who:

  • is good at and likes working with young people
  • makes extraordinary work
  • understands digital stuff and is excited about the potential of it
  • is an activist and has a deep understanding of the issues that the work is about
  • wants to change the world through performance
  • can lift up under-represented voices in the climate debate
  • can work with us during these times and support an amazing group of young people to make a life-changing piece of theatre that will help them feel better about their future.


How to apply


Please send no more than 2 x pages of A4 ( or a video) with information about a piece of work you have made that you feel has a similar approach, and how you might approach this project.


Please also include a CV or link to a bio or similar online.


Email your application to info@strikealightfestival.org.uk


Fee: £8,000 (based on the project proposal we will work with the successful applicant to develop a role description to clarify what is expected within this fee. Due to the nature of the project the role will combine developing, writing and directing).


Initial timeframe: July-October 2020
Closing date: Monday 13 July 9am 


If you have any questions or want to chat to someone about the project please contact info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.


We welcome applications from individuals from communities who are under-represented both in the arts and in climate conversations, particularly Black, Asian and minority ethnic/POC creatives. 

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Gloucester Looking Up: Digital Commissions

A fantastic opportunity from Gloucester History Festival to create digital projects as part of their City Voices programme, including commissions to support local artists to create accessible programmes of activities to develop audiences and bring Gloucester’s heritage sites to life.


Gloucester Looking Up is a city-wide heritage venue response to Covid-19 inspiring new communities to look up at the buildings, look up online, look up their heritage and ensuring the city’s built and lived heritage is part of our shared recovery. It is funded by Historic England.


This brief details the first stage of this process, commissioning a range of digital outputs that will be hosted by the new Gloucester History Festival website (currently in development, to be launched in July 2020) as part of our community education programme City Voices. A second phase of creative commissions will be advertised in July, for projects which are not exclusively digital, and can be accessed within social distancing guidelines across the city.


Background
Gloucester History Festival (GHF), run by the Gloucester History Trust, is a flagship festival for a city rich with high-profile heritage venues. City Voices is a key part of our programme, working with local communities, artists and historians to engage new audiences to explore the rich social history in the city. GHF is a key member of Gloucester’s Heritage Forum (HF) which includes Gloucester Cathedral, Llanthony Secunda Priory, St Mary de Crypt, the museums and other heritage sites. GHF and HF are collaboratively tackling the impacts of the current crisis by:

  • Providing an immediate city-wide response working with the community to provide virtual access to our venues
  • Providing a relevant, innovative activity programme, bringing together heritage and cultural sectors, attracting new, younger and diverse audiences
  • Building capacity and resilience by embedding collaborative partnership working at our core, working with our communities to make heritage part of everyday lives
  • Raising the profile of our organisations and city as having some of the richest heritage buildings in the UK

We will be programming 3 interconnecting activity strands which will directly respond to the current crisis and contribute to the recovery of the heritage sector.
1. Digital Map – providing virtual tours of venues across the city
2. Living History – working with communities to capture history being lived right now
3. Cultural Commissions – supporting local artists to create accessible programmes of activities, developing audiences and bringing heritage sites to life


Brief
This first series of commissions is for digital artists, illustrators, graphic designers and filmmakers to create product which is hosted on the GHF website initially and also on a Visit Gloucester website when that has been revised. The product will be accessed through an interactive map that is designed for this project.

The map should represent modern Gloucester in scale and layout, it may be helpful to have a full city with wards, as well as a detailed city centre map. The heritage buildings below should be represented as a minimum requirement, with further selections from the list on the right, reference to sites outside the centre, and travel links indicated.

  • Gloucester Cathedral St Michaels Tower
  • Llanthony Secunda Priory Olympus Theatre
  • Museum of Gloucester National Waterways Museum
  • St Mary DeCrypt church Robinswood Hill- Wildlife Trust
  • Gloucestershire Heritage Hub Gloucester Guildhall
  • Westgate Street/ The Folk Soldiers of Gloucester Museum
  • Blackfriars Priory Mariners Church
  • Kingsholm Stadium Alney Island


There is a maximum budget of £1,500 for this element


2. Film ‘tours’ of heritage venues/ areas. We are particularly interested in receiving film proposals that use different narratives and community voices. We will be able to support filmmakers in contacts with the venues and their volunteers


There is a budget of £500 – £2,000 for this element per film. Given the range of locations we are keen to explore, an exceptional application may identify several films that link together, to a maximum budget of £7,500.


3. Digital Content. We are interested in receiving applications that explore Gloucester heritage in innovative ways that can be shared via the website platform. This could include, but is not limited to, resources that are downloadable and support individual exploration of the City.


There is a budget of £500 – £1,500 for this element


All commissions will need to be completed and uploaded to website by 1 September 2020


Application process
To apply please submit your CV, and a proposal no longer than 2 sides of A4 which includes:
– Which commission(s) you are applying for
– A proposal detailing how you would run the project, including how you would engage
with the community and your ideas for style and content
– A budget breakdown
– Links to relevant previous work, website or social media
– Anything else you may feel relevant to support or add value to your application


For further information or queries please call Jacqui Grange, Project Manager on 01452 840565, or email jacqui@creativesolutions.org.uk


Please send completed applications to Kim Kenny, Kim.Kenny2@gloucestershire.gov.uk by Monday 6 July 2020

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to interview via Zoom

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Gloucester Future Producers

These sessions will be taking place online while lockdown is in effect. You can still apply to join and be part of the group!

What is it?

Gloucester Future Producers is a chance to develop your skills in and find out more about:

  • Producing festivals
  • Touring shows
  • Creating events
  • Promoting gigs

You’ll work with other aspiring producers and promoters, meet and hear from different festivals and events professionals to build your network. We’ll look at different areas of producing including:

  • Programming and booking performers
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Fundraising and managing budgets
  • Managing live events

You will have the opportunity to produce events in Gloucester with an allocated budget and to undertake a work placement. These events and work placements are currently planned for Autumn 2020.

Who is it for?

If you’re over the age of 18, live in Gloucester or want to get involved with the Gloucester events scene then this is for you. 

You could already be running your own events and want to build your network and develop your career. Or you could just be interested in festivals and events and want to find out more.

The placement you do can be tailored to suit your commitments and the opportunities you’re interested in. There’s no minimum number of hours required so you might want to shadow someone on an event for a day or two, or take on a role in a festival team for a couple of weeks.  We will assist you to find a work placement opportunity.

When and where is it?

Sessions will take place on Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm

From 3 June – 15 July

These sessions are currently planned to take place online (via zoom).

More session dates will be announced asap. These follow up sessions will allow participants to work together to use what they have learnt to produce an event of their own in Gloucester.

How do I apply?

If you’d rather talk in person or on the phone instead of applying in writing then get in touch and we can set something up.

Deadline for applications: Monday 18 May 2020

Some of the 2019 Future Producers at Gloucester Rooftop Festival

What if I have questions?

Check out these FAQs

Email info@strikealightfestival.org.uk or message Strike A Light via Instagram or Facebook.


Will the COVID-19 situation affect the delivery of the course?

Some adjustments have been made due to the COVID-19 situation. We have updated the timeline so the first round of sessions will now take place between 3 June & 15 July. These sessions will be held online (via zoom or similar). There will be a second round of sessions at some point this autumn (providing it is safe to do so) for participants to work together to produce their own events. We will be monitoring the situation and updating the delivery and timeline accordingly. 


Gloucester Future Producers is a part of Gloucester Culture Trust’s Talent Development Programme & is delivered by Strike A Light.

Supported by The Music Works, Paul Hamlyn Foundation & Great Place.

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Past Opportunities

Introduction to Writing a Funding Bid

Create Gloucestershire are hosting an online course for Gloucestershire based artists, fundraisers and those working with creative groups to get started writing funding bids.

About this Event

This is an online guided course to get you started writing funding bids; packed full of practical, relevant ideas and activities to put it all in to action. Delivery will be friendly and hands-on, providing lots of opportunities for discussion and questions as well as activities to apply the information provided. The course will cover local Gloucestershire based funders as well as national funder opportunities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the current funding landscape. We will provide a short update of changes and what this might mean for future fundraising. The workshop focuses on the key aspects of writing a bid and pitching your project so you can use this time to develop your skills to strengthen your future fundraising and also to apply for the current commissions and emergency funding pots that have become available, where relevant.

The course will consist of 3 short session run on 2 consecutive Thursdays via the online platform Zoom:

  • Thursday 14th May 10-11.30am webinar
  • Thursday 21st May 
    • Part 1 – 10.00 – 11.00am webinar
    • Part 2 – 10.00am – 11.15am offline, independent research
    • Part 3 – 11.45am – 1.00pm webinar

We will cover:

  • Who are funders and what are they looking for?
  • Jargon busting
  • Planning your bid
  • Pitching your project
  • Budgeting for your bid
  • Working with partners
  • Showing what your project will do
  • Increasing your chances of success
  • Next steps and getting started on your bid

Ideal for those: running creative groups or activities you want to secure funding for, interested in an arts career, artists producing their own work, students, or if you have just taken on a fundraising role.

Background to the project

This project is supported by Tewkesbury Creatives, part of Create Gloucestershire; a county wide network working to make art every day for everyone. Tewkesbury Creatives is a new network for people in the town and surrounding areas interested in making the area a more creative place to live, work and play.

The course will be led by Christina Poulton an experienced Producer, Arts Trainer and Project Manager in partnership with Create Gloucestershire and Tewkesbury Creatives . You can sign up for news about Tewkesbury Creatives here. Find out more about Christina here: christinapoultoncreative.co.uk

Costs

This course is subsided by Create Gloucestershire to make it accessible to as many people who could benefit as possible. The cost to particpate is £12. However, if this cost is a barrier please contact Caroline@creategloucestershire to explore bursary options.

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Emergency Funding Support

Both rounds of applications for Arts Council England’s emergency funds for individuals and organisations have now closed. However there are other emergency funds available. ACE are contributing to a number of benevolent funds for artists and have compiled a list of other emergency funding available.

Some fantastic artist led funding appeals have also been created including:

We’re genuinely here to help! If you need someone to chat to about which funds might be best for you or to read over applications then please do get in touch.


ACE emergency response funds for individuals and organisations are now closed. Information on their future funding support will be released soon.

Arts Council England have released information about their emergency response fund. We have compiled some of the information about the funding for individuals below but we would definitely recommend reading the full guidance before applying.

If you have any questions about the guidance, need support to write your application or need assistance with using grantium then do get in touch.

We can answer questions over email or offer 1 to 1 advice sessions over the phone or zoom/skype. We are here to help so please don’t hesitate to contact us!!


Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund: For individuals 

Who can apply?

The funding will directly support freelance creative practitioners who have a track record of working in the publicly funded culture sector in England and whose main work is focused on particular artforms and disciplines:

• Combined arts 

• Dance 

• Libraries (activity that helps deliver the Universal Library Offers) 

• Literature 

• Museums 

• Music

• Theatre 

• Visual arts

Each practitioner can apply for funding of up to £2,500.

If you have additional costs relating to a disability, you can apply for up to £3,000 in total.

What can they support?

If the Covid-19 emergency has affected your work and has resulted in a loss of income, additional costs and financial challenge, they can support:

•       Activity and/or equipment that will help you to sustain your practice and support you in continuing with your work

•       Time to stabilise, think and plan for the future

There will be two rounds of this fund.  

You can apply to only one of these rounds. If you apply to the first round you will not be able to apply to the second round, even if you are not offered a grant in the first round.

The budget will be split equally across both rounds.

 Round oneRound two
Portal opens for applications Thursday 9 April 2020Thursday 16 April 2020
Portal closes for applications Thursday 16 April 2020 (12pm midday)Thursday 30 April 2020 (12pm midday)

ACE aim to start notifying applicants of the outcome of their applications to Round one by the end of April.

If you don’t already have a Grantium* profile, register by Monday 13 April 2020 for the first round, or your profile may not be validated in time. Check out the ACE guidance on setting up a profile to help you.

We would recommend setting up a Granitum profile ASAP!

*Arts Council England’s online application portal

How do I apply?

You will need to apply via Grantium & provide certain information:

1.    To identify the work you have had cancelled or curtailed due to the Covid-19 emergency and the income you have lost or costs you have incurred, up to the value of £2,500 (you may need to provide evidence of this at a later date).

2.    To tell them about your practice and your track record working in the publicly funded culture sector. This means that you have experience of making and delivering work directly or indirectly supported by funds from arm’s length bodies (such as the Arts Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, or the National Lottery Community Fund), local authorities, universities, other public sector bodies or trusts and foundations.

3.    To tell them how you will use the time this funding affords you to stabilise, think and plan for the future.

You don’t need to have any income from other sources (or ‘match funding’) to apply to this programme.

Download the application questions (word document).

There is information on access, easy read guidance and BSL guidance videos available.

How will ACE make their decisions?

“We will use our expertise and judgment to make decisions based on the answers to the questions we ask in the application form and information from your applicant profile. We know we will receive a high number of deserving applications and, unfortunately, we won’t be able to give funding to everyone who applies. 

We will think about the range and balance of different applications we’re supporting. We want to support a diverse range of applicants that work in a broad range of artforms and disciplines and geographical areas. We need to think about our investment in areas of least engagement with arts and culture.

We will prioritise applications that demonstrate how funding could help to sustain the applicant’s practice and allow them to continue working in the future.

We will also consider whether applicants identify as a D/deaf or disabled person, have a long-term health condition or are from an under-represented protected characteristic group (based on the information collected on protected characteristics in their applicant profile on Grantium), to make sure our funding goes to those who may be most vulnerable at the moment and that we support artists and creative practitioners who are representative of this country and who can best continue to contribute to our Creative Case for Diversity

We may also consider whether you have any other open grants from Arts Council England that have not been used in full, and whether those already-awarded funds could be or have been repurposed.”

ACE have also released information about their funds for organisations outside of their National Portfolio. There will also be two rounds with the same deadline dates as those for individual applications. Organisations can apply for up to £35k.

If you have any questions or need any support in applying please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Artist Support Sessions

We offer one-to-one support sessions for artists & producers at any stage in their career.

These sessions can cover a range of topics including:

  • Funding advice
  • Promoting your work
  • Budgeting tips
  • Tour Planning
  • Developing your professional practice

Or we can just be there as a friendly sounding board for you to talk through new ideas.

(Due to the COVID-19 pandemic these sessions will be offered via online video chats or phone for the foreseeable future).

To find out more or to book an artist support session get in touch: info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

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Artist Call Out: Finding creativity and connection in a time of crisis

This is our first, short term response to an evolving situation where we – collectively and individually – are navigating immense change.  This will not be our only response.  Our overriding aim is to listen and see what is possible at a time when a lot is impossible.  We are testing this approach to understand if it’s useful.  We hope it will be the right response for some, but recognise it may not be for everyone.  Either way, let us know.

A big thank you to everyone who applied for this opportunity. Both rounds have now closed but watch this space for updates!


🔥 UPDATE 🔥We have been inundated by applications from artists looking to develop ideas that can be delivered in a physical ‘creative box’.

In order to harness this energy and the huge variety of brilliant ideas we’ve heard about, Create Gloucestershire have hosted conversations with artists. If you would like to find out more about this conversation or how to get involved email hello@creategloucestershire.co.uk.


CALLOUT: ARTISTS/MAKERS NEEDED

Create Gloucestershire is co-ordinating resources to support Gloucestershire and South West based artists/makers who have ideas to create work in any art form that responds to and connects individuals, sectors and communities in this time of crisis.  

This call out is in partnership with Strike A Light who have invested funding alongside ours. We hope in the coming days to add other partners and resources into our collective pot and will therefore be updating this opportunity on a regular basis.

We have re-channelled some of our resources into a new programme of grants for artists & makers to develop creative ideas that can be “home delivered” to people who are self-isolating. We want to encourage physical distancing AND social solidarity; window sill art galleries, digital shed music, letterbox puppet shows, garden dance.

Our goal is to test ideas in Gloucestershire that, if successful, could be replicated in towns and villages across the South West.
We are looking for ideas that:

• can comfort, connect, entertain and inspire

• are of high artistic quality

• respond to the breadth and diversity of individuals, sectors and communities in the region

• will benefit from the connection with Create Glos/Strike A Light

• are safe and can be delivered in line with current government guidelines as they emerge and evolve

If you have a proposal we would like to hear from you as soon as possible. We have grants from £200 to £1500 available and a total pot, currently, of £7000. While this is a limited pot at the moment we are doing our best to grow it.


Please submit 2 sides of A4 detailing:

• your idea and approach to the project

• where it will take place

• how it will be delivered

• more about you and your experience

• and in addition, please attach an outline budget

We will also accept filmed proposals. These should address the information above and be no longer than 4 mins.

Please send your proposal to hello@creategloucestershire.co.uk and fill in our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form by following this link.

Closing dates for proposals
Closing date 1: 12 noon 3rd April 2020
Closing date 2: 12 noon 17th April 2020

You may only apply once. Successful applicants will be notified asap.

Get in touch
If you would like to talk through your idea with us at any stage, we would welcome that conversation; email hello@creategloucestershire.co.uk and one the CG or SAL team will contact you.

We have tried to turn this programme around as quickly as possible and will take on board feedback as we go to continue to grow and improve our response.

Credit to Farnham Maltings for inspiring our action.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

(Updated 17 March: 11am)

Following yesterday’s announcement from the government we have made the difficult decision to cancel all our shows and workshops this week. We will be contacting all audience members, participants and artists as soon as we can. 

  • You can choose to swap your ticket to a future Strike A Light event- we can credit your customer account and you can then book using this credit in future.
  • You can choose to donate your ticket to Strike A Light we will contribute your donation to our ticket campaign so that in future a child in Gloucester can see a show for free.
  • If you do not want to do any of the options above then we can offer a refund for your ticket.

    To arrange this please contact info@strikealightfestival.org.uk with the name your tickets were booked under, the event name, the number of tickets and what you’d like to do.

Behind the scenes we’re working together with artists, companies & tutors and keeping up to date on the latest guidance. We’ll post updates on our social media. 

Thank you for your support in these unprecedented times.

We believe that with the combined creativity of the Strike A Light family we can find some ingenious ways to keep you entertained over the following months.

Keep in touch & stay safe!

Lots of love from the Strike A Light team 🔥


Audio Coronavirus Update
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Coronavirus Update

(Updated 17 March- 11am)

Following yesterday’s announcement from the government we have made the difficult decision to cancel all our shows and workshops this week. We will be contacting all audience members, participants and artists as soon as we can.

  • You can choose to swap your ticket to a future Strike A Light event- we can credit your customer account and you can then book using this credit in future.
  • You can choose to donate your ticket to Strike A Light we will contribute your donation to our ticket campaign so that in future a child in Gloucester can see a show for free.
  • If you do not want to do any of the options above then we can offer a refund for your ticket.

    To arrange this please contact info@strikealightfestival.org.uk with the name your tickets were booked under, the event name, the number of tickets and what you’d like to do.

Behind the scenes we’re working together with artists, companies & tutors and keeping up to date on the latest guidance. We’ll post updates on our social media.

Thank you for your support in these unprecedented times.

We believe that with the combined creativity of the Strike A Light family we can find some ingenious ways to keep you entertained over the following months.

Keep in touch & stay safe!

Lots of love from the Strike A Light team 🔥

Audio Coronavirus update: 17 March

(Updated 16 March- 3pm)

To our brilliant Strike A Light audiences,

We’re looking forward to seeing you at our events this week and wanted to check in and let you know that we’re still going ahead as planned. We’re keeping a very close eye on government updates regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will share updates about future events via our social media channels and direct to ticket bookers via email.

We understand that everyone’s experiences and responses to something like this are different and so if you don’t feel you want to attend or are self isolating then we can offer the following options:

  • You can choose to swap your ticket to a future Strike A Light event- we can credit your customer account and you can then book using this credit in future
  • You can choose to donate your ticket to Strike A Light we will contribute your donation to our ticket campaign so that in future a child in Gloucester can see a show for free.
  • If you are ill or self-isolating and do not want to do any of the options above then we can offer a refund for your ticket.To arrange this please contact info@strikealightfestival.org.uk with the name your tickets were booked under, the event name, the number of tickets and what you’d like to do.

We have been working to ensure that extra hygiene measures are in place for our events. In uncertain and anxious times, theatre can provide a much-needed boost and escape. We would like to thank our audiences for supporting us in this unpredictable time and for taking personal responsibility for their health and heeding hygiene advice.

We want to share again this useful government advice:

  • If you develop a fever or a new persistent cough you should stay home and self-isolate for seven days and visit 111.nhs.uk for further advice.
  • If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

We look forward to welcoming you to a Strike A Light event soon!

Jess and the Strike A Light team

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Youth Arts & Activism

Over the past few months we have been working with an *incredible* group of young climate activists from Gloucester who are part of ‘UKSCN Gloucester’ and organise the Youth Strikes for Climate in the City.

Last month we supported the group to organise a fundraiser ‘Australia is Burning’ at Gloucester Guildhall, to raise funds for the Australian wildfire relief fund. The event was produced by the young people and they programmed some awesome musicians and spoken word artists. Alongside this they performed a ‘scratch’ of the show we have been creating with them about their climate activism. The night was a massive success and they raised over £400!

A couple of weeks ago we took the group to the Youth Arts & Activism Symposium held at Battersea Arts Centre.

(On the way to London we made a detour to see Greta Thunberg make a speech at the Bristol Youth Strike for Climate which was an amazing way to start the weekend).

The Symposium was a two day event which brought together young activists from across the entire country. There were some brilliant workshops from experienced arts activists including Viv Gordon & Richard DeDomenici. Plus workshops and a performance by the phenomenally inspiring coletivA ocupação.

A couple of members of UKSCN Gloucester talk about the Youth Arts & Activism Symposium & ‘When it Breaks it Burns’ at Battersea Arts Centre.

“I will remember this weekend forever.

People from different countries, different races, different sexualities, different religions, people with disabilities, transgender people… you could be yourself and no one would judge- you don’t get that in everyday life. 

I laughed, I cried, I danced till my body hurt, and I bonded with people I’ve never met before.”

-Member of UKSCN Gloucester

“At the symposium, there were so many people who were like me. I got to talk to so many people that I could relate to.”

-Member of UKSCN Gloucester

We’re so proud to be working with these amazing young people and are so inspired by their passion, dedication and resilience. If you’d like to support what they are doing why not join them on their next strike in Gloucester on Friday 3 April.