Current Brightstripe Initiatives

Identifying and fulfilling community needs is what Brightstripe is all about. We believe passionately in what we do and always go the extra mile to create the best experiences that we can, with innovation and flexibility.

We currently have 17 services/initiatives, with more still in development:

1. Active HERE

Sport England and Public Health funded project designed to get people in Herefordshire active. If you are currently not active and would like to get active, Active HERE can provide a supportive route to activity. This is done through motivational sessions and tailored signposting to suitable activities tailored to suit. Activities run throughout the county in a variety of settings, including more rural venues and cover a wide range of interests. There is an activity to suit everyone, every ability level and age group.

To book your initial appointment call 01432 383 567.

2. Active Parishes

Active Parishes is a project run by Brightstripe – Cultural Health and is funded by Herefordshire Council Wellbeing Innovation Fund. The aim of the project is to reinvigorate physical activity in four parishes in Herefordshire over two years, with the aim of reducing rural isolation, increasing physical activity and improving healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.

For more information on Active Parishes, contact Leoni Linton on 01432 358 232.

3. Back to Sport

Low-cost and low-commitment sociable sporting activities targeting non-sporty people or those looking to reactivate their sporty sides. Delivering roughly 12 weeks of sessions aiming to engage and retain 15 to 20 people and become self-sustaining. A further objective is to identify someone to take a leading role within the sessions so that when the paid coaching ends, the sessions can continue – funding for training is included within the package cost. We have a variety of sports that take place across the county and normally run for 12 weeks at a time. If you have a particular sport or a group of people who want to take part, then just let us know. Register your interest with Amy Chandler on 01432 358232 or 07508181174 or email .

4. Brightstripe Consultancy

Across the range of visual art, sport or physical activity we can offer in-depth specialist knowledge, built upon our excellent reputation and personal relationships across our sectors and communities. Provision of shared knowledge and best practice advice, to generate positive social and behavioural outcomes. Professional expertise to help drive revenue through increased productivity and attendance, or through selling more creative work. We offer an hour’s free consultation to discuss your needs before moving into our chargeable consultancy service. To apply for a free consultation, contact Brightstripe’s main office number 01432 358232 or complete the Brightstripe Contact Form online.

5. Brightstripe Training

Designed to support people to be all they can be – whether through mentoring, continual professional development or learning new skills to pass on to others – enriching people’s lives across our communities. Most of our services have some kind of training or development aspect built into them. Integrated within Brightstripe’s core is a range of creative training which supports our cultural themes of visual arts, sport and physical activity. To find out more about mentoring, continual professional development or learning new skills contact Brightstripe on 01432 358232 or complete the Brightstripe Contact Form online.

5. Adult and Community Learning

Non-accredited classes for adults over 19years of age, who are eligible through the Skills for Independent Living Programme, encouraging progression in learning through increased levels of physical activity and creativity. Courses are delivered over an agreed number of sessions within the community, working with groups/organisations. Courses are based on increasing learners’ confidence, using workbooks and other appropriate resources, including technology. Courses offered for 2016-17 include Gentle Exercise, Push It – Buggy FIT, OutFIT- Circuits in the great outdoors, Tai Chi, CreateIT – drawing skills, and Family Play IT – how to learn with your preschooler through creative and physical play. If you are keen to set something up in your community or join a class then contact Annie Millen on 07983 495 960. Or you can fill in the Contact Form online. We’ll be able to tell you what Community Learning courses are available and where and when these will be taking place.

6. Hereford Contemporary

Three-day contemporary craft fair in November of approximately 60 selected exhibitors showcasing the best of contemporary craft from across the country. Our exclusive annual event now in its 21st year is just in time for Christmas and provides visitors with an opportunity to meet, buy and commission from the finest makers from Herefordshire and across the UK – each chosen on their own merits. For makers/designers it offers a chance to raise their profile within an elite grouping of makers, as well as the opportunity to sell the best of their work and take on Christmas commissions. To apply to take part in Hereford Contemporary, call Mel Potter on 01432 358232  and ask to be added to the Application Prompter Mailing List. For more information on Hereford Contemporary please click here.

8. h.Art

Nine-day open studio event for individual artists/craft makers and creative businesses i.e. galleries to raise their profile and sell work. Established some 12 years ago, h.Art is a prestigious annual event across Herefordshire, with a huge variety of art on show with at least 16 different media, 250 individual artists and 100 different venues across the whole county. To apply to take part whether as a member or a venue, either call Mel Potter on 01432 358232 and ask to be added to the Application Prompter Mailing List. Full details on how to take part are available on our h.Art How to take part page.

9. Healthy Heart Trails

Design, development, advice and installation of trails to deliver locally-based, low-cost exercise in the fresh air. Delivery of sessions to engage and train people on how to use the trail. All projects are based on local identified needs to increase physical activity for health benefits and social cohesion. Projects are developed in partnership with local area groups to determine size, design and funding routes. Contact Jan at Brightstripe to kick start the process – Jan Perridge on 07983495978 or fill in the Contact Form online.

10. Hereford Arts Market

Offering a range of original artworks, traditional and contemporary crafts and handmade jewellery, our Art Markets offer our visitors the chance to meet the professional and semi-professional Designer/Makers. Our artists in turn really enjoy meeting their customers and chatting about their work or discussing bespoke commissions. Everything sold at Hereford Arts Market must be produced by the stallholder – we do not allow any bought in or imported crafts. Young designers and makers just starting out relish the chance to learn the ropes and for some, our Arts Markets are the first taste they have of working life as a commercial creative. To find out how to apply for a stall, please contact Mel Potter: on 01432 358232 or 07983 495 966 or email . Full details are available on our Hereford Arts Markets How to take part page

11. Let’s Walk Herefordshire

Walking for Health (part of national scheme) leads walks throughout Herefordshire (roughly 10 walks per week) all led by volunteer walk leaders, trained through Brightstripe. Free to participants, the short health walks are sustainable, low-impact social activity which also increase mental well-being. Walking is one of the simplest and most effective forms of exercise you can do. Almost anyone can do it and it’s very easy to get started. We also have a free pack of 12 mapped walks across the county that can be done independently. To become involved in joining one of our health walks or to train as a walk leader then contact Zoe and you can become one of the thousands of people involved in Walking for Health across the country. Get in touch with Zoe Hooper on 01432 358232 or email for more information on the timetable of walks and training dates.

12. Love your Learning

Love your Learning’s creative approach, allows schools, Children’s Centres and individuals to explore their learning and take risks, in a supportive partnership grounded in action-based research. Serious about closing the learning gap, particularly for FSM-eligible pupils; or planning whole school change; or skilling up Adult learners, Love your Learning aims to accelerate the progress of underachieving or disengaged pupils whatever their age in maths, literacy or science skill sets and encourage independent learning. For Preschoolers and KS1&2 pupils we do this through EYFS principles, utilising transferable creative techniques, where teachers and pupils together gain new strategies for planning, engaging, delivering and evaluating; creating a more meaningful and memorable learning experience. Working collaboratively with Huw Evans, an independent education consultant; Head Teacher Bridget Knight from our active partner school Eardisley Primary; and a team of creative practitioners headed up by Visual Artist Adrian Higgins, Love your Learning can embrace a class topic, or an interest and contribute towards the accredited Trinity College’s Arts Award & Artsmark certification which Brightstripe can support in an Advisory Role at Silver, Bronze, Discover and Explore Arts Award levels. To find out more or if you a require an Assessment for Learning visit, please contact Annie Millen on 01432 358232 or 07983493960, email or fill in our Contact Form online and see how Brightstripe can tailor this for you.

13. Moves to Succeed

Designed to reduce challenging behaviour and support vulnerable young people to develop coping strategies, this pioneering programme uses moves carried out in a variety of dance styles such as street, break, Latin, ballroom and contemporary. Motivational and effective in reducing challenging behaviour – 98% of students showed improvement in behaviour and attitude (results of a 3 term Year 5/6 programme in 4 Hereford Primary schools) – Moves to Succeed (M2S) is based on the underlying belief that physical movements have strong psychological links. A fun programme, it also enables participants to learn different skills offering potential improvements to family life and learning attitudes, as well as total body confidence and co-ordination for the individual or a group of young people. Perfect in all schools or for families or individuals that need support, M2S can complement Primary to Secondary transitional programmes. Interested in Moves to Succeed as CPD for your staff or parents, or a programme or club for your school or group or would like a free DVD Toolkit (p&p apply) then please contact Annie Millen on 01432 358232 or 07983493960, email or fill in our Contact Form online and see how Brightstripe can tailor this for you.

14. Nordic Walking

A new and exciting way to increase your fitness in the outdoors. Regular sessions are held for six weeks at a time to introduce you to the skills. Brightstripe are running taster sessions, instruction and training for local community groups to enhance health and wellbeing for the participants. Brightstripe provides poles and training at an affordable cost in the community so get in contact with Zoe to find out dates, times, cost and places to meet… Zoe Hooper, email or contact the Brightstripe office on 01432 358232 or fill in the Contact Form online.

15. Refocus

Vibrant weekly sessions (from 20 to 40 minutes) focusing on helping young people to learn new transferable skills to support their learning, and have fun within their school or group. Brightstripe acts as a broker and sources quality creative and sports practitioners with alternative creative skill sets to those of the existing teaching staff to deliver breakfast, lunchtime or after-school clubs. Stimulating and refreshing for the kids, Refocus re-energises pupils getting them ready for learning or home-life. If you fancy a Refocus programme in your school contact Annie Millen to discuss further and find out more about costs. To contact Annie, call 07983493960 or email her on .

16. Sportivate

Four-year programme funded through National Lottery and Sport England, aiming to engage teenagers and young adults (aged 14 – 25) to receive six to eight weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice. Nationally, Sportivate is aiming for 300,000 young people to take part in the programme and inspire over 120,000 to continue to play sport regularly, as part of the legacy of the Olympic Games in London 2012. Funded locally by the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, who are aiming to retain 3,525 young people within sports over the four years. Sportivate aims to enhance health and wellbeing for young people involved – giving them more energy and tackling potential boredom. Wider societal and economic benefits include providing positive healthy outlets and reducing strain on NHS, while tackling potential antisocial behaviour and cost of crime or substance/alcohol abuse. Are you aged between 14 and 25 years and do you want to receive six to eight weeks of coaching in a sport? Contact Amy to find out about the range of sport on offer and see how you can get involved. Contact Amy Chandler on 07508181174 or email

17. y.Art

Inspirational project, leading to increased skills and aspirations for young people and building the capacity of both established and emerging artists in Herefordshire. Artists (Arts Award trained) lead creative sessions offering young people the opportunity to work in a variety of artforms, including film, animation, media, music and visual arts. The y.Art artistic team is supported in each venue by a youth worker who leads on behavioural issues and provides an ongoing relationship with them. We work closely with HVOSS (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service) who provide a link to the youth centres and groups across the county.

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*Additional options include:

    • The opportunity for young people to take an Arts Award qualification while involved in the project.
    • On the job vocational training for trainee artists, led and supported by professional artists, overseen by Brightstripe practitioners, who provide personal development plans.
    • Art College placement students have also been offered a chance to experience real-life creative projects – increasing their understanding and knowledge of the local arts’ sector.

Working closely with voluntary organisations and local artistic providers means y.Art can be tailored for you. If this sounds exciting for your local group, then make contact with Deborah Allison on 07983495993 or email to discuss further.