CICCIC is an exciting place where being enterprising about your community or creative practice is what we are all about. We unite all good things that make us happy as individuals, groups and communities. That is why our strap-line often say Enterprise, Community & Culture.
Enterprise – Being enterprising about your ideas; whether that be for money or for community betterment; is essential to us all and at CICCIC we strongly believe in helping others to understand how they can do this. Whether through enterprise training, adopting new skills or simply having a platform to try out new ideas we are here to help.
In the past we have helped people create new social enterprises, businesses, creative products, find new contacts, access to finance and many other enterprise related activities. But more importantly we have an open door policy for anyone with an enterprising idea.
Community – All communities need space and amenities plus a place big enough for them to meet and partake in group and community activities. At CICCIC we provide this space and have many individuals and community groups who use it. This is especially important as we are the only non-religious community space within Taunton Town Centre.
At present we have a 16 musicians that use our space for rehearsing so they can continue their community music programme, dance groups/lessons, we have University of the 3rd Age (U3A) which includes retired people looking to continue an active life through group interests, we’ve had public meetings for Taunton Transition Town, local Film Society, Literary Festival, and have several charities that use our space for lectures, talks and other public related knowledge exchange. We even started the first Creative Club in Taunton, which is free to anyone and have even created new organisations from this activity.
We strongly believe that arts and culture are essential to our communities and the diversity of culture is essential in sharing experiences and ideas. Through our programming we provide these in many ways such as creative workshops, heritage projects, exhibitions, art classes, IT training, film, talks and fundraising events for other groups.
To date we have donated over £27,000 worth of venue space to our community each year and help raise over £10k per year for other national and local charities.
Culture – Through music, dance, art, talks, exhibitions and media our varied communities can engage with us through our cultural programmes. From specialised music nights, themed dance activities, access to art, poetry, writing and talks members of the public can enjoy a range of cultural events in a safe and creative environment.
Additionally, we encourage others to share their cultural interests with us and our community and we achieve that by encouraging others to share their ideas with us and we assist them in making this happen and to use the space our centre provides.