Creative Academies Network

We connect
Children & Young People to
Cultural Education,
Creative Practice &
Civic Leadership.

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What we are doing…


Performing Arts

| Arts & Crafts | Dance | Drama | | Music |

Cultural Heritage

| Oral Histories | Archive | Researching | Cultural Exchanges |


| Photography | Filmmaking | Virtual Reality | Gaming | Media Campaigns | Digital Design |


| Workshops | Training | Masterclasses | Qualifications | Projects |


| Apprenticeships | Internships | Employability Programmes | Work Experience |


| Start Ups | Innovation and Incubator Hub | Mentoring |


| Physical Activities | Fitness & Exercise | Food & Nutrition |


| Mentoring | Lifestyle Coach |

Participatory Activities

| Enrichment sessions | Projects | In and fter School |


| Social Action | Volunteering | Take Over Events |

Talent Development

| Bootcamps | Executive Training | Masterclasses |


| Meeting | Events | Forums |


Engage Enrich Educate |
| Empower | Elevate |

Some of our projects…













| Drive | Decision | DefineDesign |
| Deliver | Develop | Disseminate | 

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Meet our
creative team

  • Jerrel Jackson FRSA

  • Dr Vishalakshi Roy

  • Truchio Power

  • Rachel Cole

  • Daniel Lal

  • Nicole Majcherczyk

  • Juanita Williams

  • Alex Williams

  • Daniel Miller

We are an awesome team with creative superhero powers!

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This is how we are connecting People, Place, Practice & Partnerships across the Black Country.


“Check out our approach 
with children and young people ”

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Check out our social media…

We are proud that we are able to co-design FREE sports activities with young people for young people in West Bromwich. Thanks to all our funders, partners, coaches & friends that support us to make it happen every week... Thank You! 🤗 #JustPlayBC #iwillWeek @iwill_campaign

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Young women and girls in the UK are facing a well-being crisis on a national scale. EmpowerHER aims to build young women's self-esteem & wellbeing by providing meaningful social action opportunities for them to lead change in their communities. #iwillWeek

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Statistics are showing that volunteering opportunities are having a positive impact on young people and their future aspirations 😁👍🏻 #iwillweek2018

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Check this out! An amazing sample of the great t-shirt designs from children across Sandwell! 😁 Very proud of the outcomes and we will be reviewing our winner/s very soon! 😎🏆👕 #goplaysandwell #goplaywestbrom

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We are here this evening at the Creative West Midlands discussion @STEAMhouseUK - exploring skills & talent pipelines into the creative industries. 🗣 How can we REALLY change the landscape/narrative?
[@Creative_Fed @BarclaysUK @AnitaBhalla] #CreativeWestMids

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Here is a quote that we thought is very important when it comes to social action 💪🏽 No matter what barriers appear in the way, stand up for YOUR voice, YOUR community and what YOU believe in! #youthsocialaction #iwillWeek2018

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Wow what a busy week preparing for @SHAPESandwell conference 22-23 Nov with @CAcademies 🤩 This year we’re raising awareness of children’s rights, coinciding with #worldchildrensday on 20 Nov which is celebrating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child #goplaysandwell

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Do you work with underrepresented groups?

Working with young people between 14-19yrs?

Looking for additional funds to start new physical activities or enhance your current sport offer?

More info & to book onto this event below -


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As part of the #antibullyingweek2018, statistics show that out of 1,000 teenagers surveyed, 45% had been bullied face-to-face, & 34% online, at least once in the last six months. Please encourage your children and young people to share kindness and positivity wherever they go!✌🏽

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Get ready for some sports tonight! 🤩 Football taking place at YMCA West Bromwich and Table Tennis at Moonlight Community Centre! Make sure to come along and join in with the fun! ⚽️🏓 #JUSTPLAYBC

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Our latest…

| Listen | Learn | Lead |
| Love | Live |  

See whats on…


17nov10:00 am12:00 pmGo Play SandwellWest Bromwich Central Library (Sandwell)

17nov10:45 am12:00 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - SkateboardingYMCA Black Country (West Bromwich)

17nov12:00 pm2:00 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - FootballYMCA Black Country (West Bromwich)

18nov2:00 pm4:00 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - Basketball & Boxing (Female Only)Yemeni Community Association (West Bromwich)

20nov3:00 pm4:30 pmGo Play SandwellGreat Barr Library (Sandwell)

21nov3:30 pm5:30 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - Table TennisMoonlight Community Centre (West Bromwich)

21nov3:30 pm5:00 pmGo Play SandwellWest Bromwich Community Centre (Sandwell)

21nov4:30 pm6:30 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - FootballYMCA Black Country (West Bromwich)

22nov5:30 pm7:30 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - Tennis & BadmintonWest Brom Leisure Centre (West Bromwich)

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All children & young people have the right to access new experiences and opportunities 
to live a fulfilling life that builds a brighter future

Creative Academies Network is a multi-layered organisation that supports the development of children & young people to reach their full potential through Cultural Education, Creative Practice & Civic Leadership as a catalyst for cultural, social and economic change.

To achieve our mission we have set five core goals

  • Children & Young People can access  & engage in arts, culture, heritage, media & sport.
  • Children & Young People can engage in education, employment & volunteering.
  • Children & Young People can access recreational & leisure time provision.
  • Children & Young People become motivated, self-aware, receptive, resilient, responsible, confident, and good communicators.
  • Children & Young People can access support, advice & training in their local community.

It is important we get the foundation just right to raise the aspirations and ambitions of children and young people locally and nationally

Join the Network
| Participant | Partner | Parent | Practitioner |

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Work with Us

We are providing Jobs, Work Experience, Youth Leadership & Volunteering opportunities across the Black Country.

Youth Ambassador (Youth Management Board)

Creative Academies Network (CAN) has an exciting opportunity for up to twelve creative, passionate and dedicated 16 – 26 year olds to form its Youth Management Board (YMB). These voluntary positions will help steer the direction of CAN and play an integral role in ensuring CAN continues to engage with young people from across Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall and Dudley (Black Country).

Successful applicants will commit to a 12-month position on the YMB and attend at least 10 meetings per year, as well as participate in training and other engagement activities to support your own personal development that will feed into the responsibilities of the YMB. In addition you may select to sit on our specific project steering committees. 

Acting as ambassadors for CAN, the YMB will be invited to get involved and support CAN to ensure that young people are central to our future. In addition, it is essential that you can demonstrate a clear commitment to the development of young people and local communities across the Black Country. The successful young person must either currently live, work or learn in Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Walsall or Dudley. Have enthusiasm for one or more of the following: 

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Sports, Health and Wellbeing
  • Education, Employment and Enterprise
  • Social Media and Marketing
  • Youth Social Action, Volunteering and Leadership

During the 12-month period all Youth Management Board Members will have a series of opportunities made available in order to help develop leadership potential, knowledge of sector and business management. As this is a development role, we are seeking varied young people at different stages of their journey/career, but loads of energy and enthusiasm is a requirement. Due to the nature of the YMB, evening and weekend attendance/work may be required.

If you are interested and passionate about the opportunity, please down our application or submit a short 3 minute video (no technical skills required) or schedule a telephone interview, that responds to the following.

  • Why you are interested in becoming YMB member?
  • The knowledge, skills and experience that you can bring?
  • Why is your local area important to you?
  • An interesting fact about yourself that you would like us to know?

It is important to us that formal processes are not considered as a barrier, so we are happy to arrange a telephone conversation about this opportunity.

All success shortlisted submissions will be required to attend a group session.

CAN is strongly committed to diversity. We strive to recruit, retain and advance people of all backgrounds so that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities. For more information, please email 

Expression of Interest: Work Experience, Internship, Traineeship & Placement

Please complete the form below.