Creative in the community
20+ years experience in running drum workshops, developing communities and artistically developing and directing small and large scale festivals and projects. Over 60% of work has been with vulnerable groups or within deprived areas with a focus on preventing or supporting recovery from mental health issues. Founder of Drum Runners, an organisation who developed communities and events in and around Hampshire and surrounding areas. Drum Runners developed 2 local festivals “Basingstoke Live” (since 2007) with a peak attendance of 50,000 over a weekend festival and OctoberFest (since 2009) with an average yearly attendance of 8,000.
Drum Runners have worked with numerous and varied community groups, local authorities, children’s centres, schools, arts centres, colleges, special needs groups, youth centres, libraries and charities, as well as the immigration removal centres and communities within which they are based. Some of this work has been very specialised (eg, working with children held in immigration detention) and some of it has been very general (open access music workshops at free and ticketed events).
DBS Checked with Public Liability Insurance. Diploma in the art and science of Neuro Linguistic Programming (Diploma No. UK-D-3084NLP from INLPTA -The International NLP Trainers Association. CQC Care Certificate (Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health). Award winning via the Place to be Proud of Award presented by Jeremy Vine (Radio 4) for contribution to community development. Paul is also a part-time Breakthrough Mentor working with South Glos Council. Paul has also worked as a Disability Forum Administrator and Support Worker so has extra experience to encourage active healthy lifestyles. Paul also supported the very first Calais Sessions in September 2015 which saw a group of musicians go to the Calais Refugee Camp to create an album of music to generate funds for Refugees. Recording artist of over 20 Audio CD (Community Exchanges) plus 5 other Audio CD’s.