Collaborating with the creative community

Social Impact

PAPER Arts Impact

Review, revise, and grow with our community

In order to deliver an effective and consistent range of services, we document the impact PAPER has through participant feedback and programme monitoring forms. We take on board comments from those that take part in our workshops, courses and events to develop what we offer and improve PAPER as a whole.

We continue to grow our city wide reach by collaborating on training programmes in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, Knowle West Media Centre and Bristol City Council amongst others.

We are extremely proud of the impact we have made on our community, which you can see for yourself through our yearly impact reports.


Annual impact reporting

Future Impact


Underpinning our approach to social impact

Rigour and integrity – We create channels for open feedback from our clients, and work with outside experts to help us constantly improve our practice in this area as a social enterprise.

Professionalism and pragmatism – We recognise that social change is complex and that we must investigate our part in this in a calm, clear, proportional and robust way.

creative identity

quantitative and qualitative tools, techniques and questionnaires

Social impact reports

Confidence in creative careers

Meeting the needs of those we are working to support and empower

What we have learnt from this is that our courses, events and workshops have helped develop young people’s confidence, offered them a chance to explore a creative career and taught them to build networks and attend more events in the industry.

As a result of our findings we have adapted the opportunities we provide to meet the needs of those we are working to support and empower.

Going forward we will continue to focus specifically on providing employment routes and enterprise training to ensure everyone has the ability to lead a meaningful life.

How we choose to make a difference

Implementing change

In 2016 we also worked with Resonance to develop our own Transformational Index or theory of change – allowing us to be clearer about the particular difference we are seeking to make in the world and the ways we are choosing to make this difference.

Then later in 2016, in order to build on this foundation, we secured some investment from Esmee Fairbairn to allow us to develop our own social impact framework.

Through the latter part of 2016 we worked with consultants from the Transformational Index (building bespoke tools) and the Real Ideas Organisation (as a critical social enterprise friend to us on this journey and helping around implementation).

Over the last four years we have been rolling out this bespoke social impact framework, and have been tracking it from then in line with our financial year and reporting cycle.

The future of paper arts

A Statement from the Board of Directors


Like many organisations, PAPER Arts has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. In 2020, on appointment of a highly skilled CEO, we made the bold decision to review our business model and begin a process of research and development in order to shape a new service and to better support creatives in Bristol with professional development, networking and the opportunity to learn new skills.

Throughout the pandemic we have proudly supported creatives in Bristol, with a focus on young people from St Pauls, our Creative Employment programme hosted over 20 sessions and we welcomed 17 young people to feed into our research and development proposal. 

However, the last 18 months have been a huge challenge, while we’ve been able to successfully deliver a plethora of projects since our inception seven years ago, we have been unable to secure the funding necessary to realise our ambitious plans for the future and to provide our organisation with much needed financial stability.

As a result, it is with a heavy heart that the current PAPER Arts team, made up of Grace, Kate, Katy, Lau and Amie will no longer be able to continue in their roles. Our small team has delivered a substantial amount of value to the community we serve and the Board of Directors are endlessly grateful for the skills and professionalism they bring with them each and every day. We are proud to know and work alongside such talented individuals and believe that the arts sector is a better place with them in it. 

The ideas generated by this team are inspiring and hopeful and the Board of Directors wholeheartedly believe in the importance of supporting the creative community in Bristol.

As September ends and the seasons change PAPER Arts will be going into hibernation in order to survive this adversity. Our voluntary Board of Directors will spend the coming months considering the future of PAPER Arts, the role we can play in the arts sector in Bristol and how we can sustainably move forwards. We don’t know what that will look like yet, but as soon as we are able to share more with you we will. 

In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to speak to someone about the future of PAPER Arts please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected] – Kirsten Cree, one of the Board of Directors will be monitoring this inbox. 

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