People United is a unique arts charity dedicated to exploring the special connection between art and kindness. In particular we are interested in how the arts can be a catalyst for social change and for bringing people together. As outlined in Arts & Kindness, our research paper, we believe that the arts have a special role to play in how we live our lives and see the arts as a superconductor for kindness, empathy and compassion. In essence, our work explores the question how can the arts help us to grow a more kind and caring society?
We create opportunities for people of all ages, from all kinds of places and backgrounds, to take part in different arts experiences in all kinds of environments. For example, our national Artist Commissions enable artists to explore themes such as belonging, values and courage to create new work which places people at their heart. This might be an artist residency in a beach hut, a school project linking children with local care home residents through performance and music, a giant picnic in a park, choirs singing together in a museum, or special events with high profile speakers in major cultural venues. All of our work is underpinned by research, which from the start has been a defining feature of what we do.
Since its inception in 2006, People United has steadily built positive links with funders, local authorities and wider stakeholders. We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, and in addition, we are supported by the local authority, trusts, foundations and lottery providers. Establishing a range of sustainable funding and income streams is one of People United’s strategic priorities. We aim to develop and secure a range of these over the next three years; from philanthropy and individual giving to broadening the range of trusts and foundations we work with and increasing our earned income. We very much look forward to welcoming and supporting a Fundraising Fellow as part of our team.