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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To gain the latest news about our projects, events, opportunities and much more!

Check out our social media…

Our New Year newsletter is hitting inboxes! 📨Take a read for some inspiring #iwillAmbassador blogs 🖊️courtesy of @RazannahHussain @FoxyEmily13 & @NaturallyZach, as well as a whole bunch of campaign news. 📰 Read here or sign up

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Busy on the grass today with my mates from @sandwellcollege @FITCAPCIC @TNS_Foundation @BensonCommunity @StreetGames @centrespotorg @MadBirmingham #Hatham with some MultisGames training #CoachMates

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Take a look at our introduction to #EmpowHER, our new programme jointly funded with the #iwillFund which will skill up young women and girls to use their voices for positive change – just as their predecessors did 100 years ago.

Delivered by @UKYouth, @BritishRedCross & @YWTrust

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Last night we took our Tuesdays fitness session to the next level... Our fitness trainer came down to the sports hall so everyone could have a workout!
#Workout #Sportshall #MADNechells #Fitness #noagerestriction

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The only types of people that you need in your lives. The ones that understand your goals, and support you through every step of the way so that you can reach your goals and ambitions✌🏻😌 #WisdomWednesday - What are your goals for 2019? Share below in comments! 🤔😁

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It's #TuesdayThoughts time! 😎 Just like this quote says, never give up on your goals and ambitions if they are all that you can think about! There are plenty of people that will support your journeys just like we will! 💪🏻😼

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⚽ Boxing (Centre-based)
🕟 6:00-8:00pm (Thursdays)
🕛 6:30-8:30pm (Fridays)
FREE for young people in West Brom! #JustPlayBC
More community pop up sessions across West Bromwich from February!

📽 Video made with young people from Lodge Road Youth Club @SandwellYouth

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🕟 6:00-8:00pm (Thursdays)

@RusSmith0907 @CAcademies @BirminghamFA @centrespotorg @FootballFoundtn Good to see the Futsals being used 🙌🏻

Great Meetings today in West Brom some potential valuable work around young people engagement with @KIMBERLEIGH__ From @CAcademies & @GeorgeSalterAc look forward to seeing what happens ☺

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We are at Stone Cross Library today! 📚 Come and join us in the brand new arts and crafts activities we have planned and keep an eye out for our upcoming sessions! 😁🖍️🖌️ #GoPlayWestBrom

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Our latest…

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

See whats on…


17jan5:30 pm7:30 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - Tennis & BadmintonWest Brom Leisure Centre (West Bromwich)

17jan6:00 pm8:00 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - BoxingLodge Road Community Centre (West Bromwich)

18jan3:30 pm5:00 pmGo Play SandwellHamstead Library (Sandwell)

18jan5:00 pm7:00 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - Table Tennis & Fitness (Male Only)Yemeni Community Association (West Bromwich)

18jan6:30 pm8:30 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - BoxingWest Bromwich Leisure Centre (West Bromwich)

19jan10:00 am12:00 pmGo Play SandwellWest Bromwich Central Library (Sandwell)

19jan10:45 am12:00 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - SkateboardingYMCA Black Country (West Bromwich)

19jan12:00 pm2:00 pmGo Play SandwellYMCA (West Bromwich)

19jan12:00 pm2:00 pmJust Play (West Bromwich) - FootballYMCA Black Country (West Bromwich)

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| Ambition Achieve | 
| Aspire |

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.

Social Media and Digital Marketing Apprentice (Communications and Campaigns Enabler)

We are seeking to appoint an energetic and motivating individual that has the passion for social media, digital marketing, campaigning. You will have an important role in our team to ensure that we co-design, co-develop,  co-deliver and co-disseminate the right message online and offline. 

Please download the job description and specification. Click apply to be taken to the apprenticeship website.

Deadline: All applications must be received no later than 12 noon on Friday 18th December 2018.

To apply please email  or for general enquiries please email to be provided with a link to the apprenticeship website.

SCEP: Development Coordinator (Freelance)

On the behalf of Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership (SCEP) and Arts Connect, we are seeking to appoint an individual or organisation to undertake an exciting role as ‘Development Coordinator’.  

To apply: Please provide CV and two page cover letter providing an insight into your experience, approach to this role and a key milestone plan to Lucy Carlton-Walker – using the subject heading “Sandwell LCEP DC”.
Deadline: Friday 4th January 2019 – 5pm (Late submissions will not be considered)

Interview: To be scheduled 24th & 25th January 2019. Please consider when making your submission. Additional information: Lucy Carlton-Walker – / 0121 446 3204

This role is funded by Arts Connect through Arts Council England and administered by Creative Academies Network (CAN) on the behalf of Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership (SCEP).

SCEP: Creative Conversations Commission (Consultant/Freelance)

On the behalf of Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership (SCEP) and Arts Connect, we are seeking to appoint an individual or organisation to undertake an exciting commission ‘Creative Conversations’.  

This commission aims to consult the formal and informal education sectors in Sandwell to identify the needs, gaps, strengths and potential developments to inform SCEP’s Education Strategy and Action Plan. The commission will establish how children/young people and their related establishments are engaging with arts, culture and heritage in Sandwell. 

To apply: Please provide CV and two-page cover letter providing an insight into your experience and approach to this commission and presentation of the findings, along with an indicative budget of how you would allocate the commission fee and a proposed timeline.

Additional information: Please attach any samples of previous Mapping or similar commissions as well as outline numbers of your expected engagement.

Submission: using the subject heading “Sandwell CEP Creative Conversations” or via post to Creative Academies Network, YMCA Western Gateway, 38 Carter’s Green. West Bromwich. B70 9LG

General Enquries: Please contact Jerrel Jackson (SCEP Chair and CEO of Creative Academies Network) via or 0121 524 3232

Deadline: Friday 11th January 2019 @ 10am

This activity is funded by Arts Connect through Arts Council England and administered by Creative Academies Network on behalf of Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership (SCEP). 

Youth Ambassador (Youth Management Board)

Creative Academies Network (CAN) has an exciting opportunity for up to twelve creative, passionate and dedicated 13 – 24 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. You will have the opportunity to be appointed/elected as the Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary.

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.