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I want disadvantaged people to have a safe space to explore their passions, says Venue Manager Megan

Megan

Megan Fox (no, not that one), has been a key member of The Workshop family for a while now. She’s swapping her Front-of-House Assistant hat for that of Venue Manager in a few weeks.

Keen to make sure disadvantaged people have a safe space to explore their passions, she’s excited to start collaborating with like-minded organisations to make the community better as a whole.

Former King Edward VII Academy student Megan was born and raised in King’s Lynn. She started working at The Workshop in 2021 via the Kickstart Scheme.

She says: “The Kickstart Scheme was launched by the Government to deliver funding for employers offering new job roles for 16-24-year-olds on Universal Credit. I was working a part-time job at the time and was on the hunt for further employment.

“I found The Workshop advertised on Facebook and it immediately piqued my interest. Initially, I thought it would be a great opportunity to expand my customer service skills and develop further. I not only achieved these goals very quickly, but I noticed how much working here helped me grow as a person too.”

When a permanent Front-of-House Assistant post came up in 2022, she didn’t hang about applying.

“Over the six-month placement I saw the many things The Workshop does and how it benefits participants from all backgrounds. I felt there was still a lot more that I could achieve in the organisation to improve people’s lives through the arts.”

Megan has been interested in the arts industry for as long as she can remember. She was in performing arts classes growing up and to this day always has a pencil and pad in her hand.

She adds: “During my time at school in KES I always felt that I was more creative than academic. I took art as a GCSE and A-Level subject. Although they were heavy based coursework subjects, I enjoyed them far more. In my spare time you will always find me drawing, painting or doing a bit of DIY.”

Megan applied for the Venue Manager position as she is really eager to see how The Workshop can expand and grow in the community.

“I really enjoy getting to know our participants and speaking with them weekly at the front desk before their sessions. Over the last year I’ve collected a lot of feedback about what people would love to access and see in the future.

“Being from King’s Lynn myself I feel that I have a greater insight into what the area is missing and needs. Of course I have the advantage of being someone that our participants already know and trust. I’m really excited to be able to focus on giving young people more of these opportunities in my new role.

“I’m really keen on giving opportunities to those who are disadvantaged and giving them a safe space to explore their passions. The Workshop aims to improves people’s lives through art, which is something I feel really passionate about in my personal life.

“I love that The Workshop recognises inclusion and supports the creative journeys of participants, parents and artists.”

She’s most looking forward to creating new events and projects with the community.

Megan adds: “It’s important to us that we accommodate our classes for people of all ages and all abilities, and I am excited to begin collaborating with like-minded organisations to make the community better as a whole.”

Click here to check out the classes we offer. We’ve also got two fun May half-term activities on 31 May.

Under The Sea: Musical in a Morning runs 10am-12.30pm. Find out what dwells beneath the waves in this aquatic adventure for school Year 1-6.

School has never been so fun as Greased Lightning: Micro Musical from 2pm-4.30pm. Whether you’re a T-Bird, a Pink Lady or doing your own thing, school Year 7-11 students will enjoy some drama, dance and song.

Our friendly front-of-house team (including Megan for now) are happy to answer any questions. Give them a call on 01553 277919 or email info@theworkshop.org.uk.

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