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Why did Rural Arts North Yorkshire sign up with Furlonteer?



Please could you introduce yourself to us and how you came to hear about Furlonteer?

My name’s Max May and I’m the Director and CEO of Rural Arts. I heard about Furlonteer from Thrive Law, who are providing brilliant business support and mental health resources during the coronavirus pandemic.


Could you tell us a little more about your charity?

Rural Arts North Yorkshire is a registered charity that delivers inspiring and inclusive creative opportunities that enrich lives and connect communities.


We provide over 400 events and activities each year at our community arts centre in Thirsk, which is also home to an award-winning café, a gallery shop and rooms to hire. We programme 70 performances per year in rural venues and lead a range of well-being and employment programmes to support vulnerable people.


Which role/s were you able to find support with, through Furlonteer and how has this helped you?

We’re brought rural communities together for almost thirty years, but we hadn’t thought about what that would mean if we couldn’t deliver our services in person – not least because the digital infrastructure in North Yorkshire is so spotty!


All of our Furlonteers have supported us around digital. One helped us to think about what an earned income offer could look like online, and another has helped us to improve our Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and use of our Google Ad grant.


We’re hoping to start work with a third Furlonteer soon to assess what digital equipment we should be investing in at this time to create high quality content for an affordable initial outlay.


Is there anything you’d say to others considering signing up to Furlonteer for support?

Just do it! It’s a super simple process, and everyone we’ve been matched with has been incredibly kind, professional and enthusiastic.

How has working with a Furlonteer helped your charity?

Furlonteer has been brilliant to reach out to new volunteers who we wouldn’t have come into contact with otherwise. None of our Furlonteers are local, and as everything has to be digital at the moment, Furlonteer is a brilliant initiative to bring together expertise and need, at no cost to charities, most of whom are really struggling at the moment.


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Max is on Twitter @MaxMayRANY and LinkedIn

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