Get Involved in a Working Group
Working groups each concentrate on one particular aspect of running Partisan. Each has a channel on Slack to discuss what’s going on, and we also get together for meetings. Working group meetings can be seen on our event calendar, and all members are welcome to attend at any time.
If you’d like to find out more or join a group, the best way is to just pop along to a meeting. If you can’t make one or there isn’t one scheduled, you can join their Slack channel, email the group, or contact the general enquires email on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can join more than one working group or switch between them at any time, and you don’t need experience to get involved; We’re all about having a go at something new, skill-sharing and learning together.
We’re also all volunteers and understand that everyone is busy – so you can commit to as much or as little as suits you. Everyone’s input is welcome, so if you have accessibility needs please let us know and together we’ll find tasks that will suit you. There are lots of helpful things people can do that aren’t physical, and could be done from home.
Our current working groups are as follows:
Accessibility and Accountability: It’s really important to us that we make our building and events as accessible as possible – and we currently have a lot of work to do to make that a reality. Accountability looks at what policies we need to have in place to make sure we keep each other safe and happy, and so we know how to deal with conflicts as they arise.
Community Outreach: We want to make sure we engage with the local community and other communities in Manchester, and the DIY scene beyond. If you love talking to people, have great contacts, or want to reach out to communities we’re currently missing, please get involved. Contact us on email@example.com
Design: The physical design, planning, and building of the space. We especially welcome people who have labouring skills at this time – especially design expertise, electrical skills, plastering, tiling, and general building skills.
Bar and Cafe: The running, stocking, and planning of our bar and future cafe. You can do the occasional bar shift, or there’s the opportunity to get more deeply involved in the organisational and operational side of things.
Podcast: Creating podcasts based on and around Partisan, and the groups that use us, from ideas, recording, interviewing, and editing. You can hear the episodes we’ve made so far here.
Sound: PA’s, equipment, sound proofing and sound techs. We would love input from people with soundproofing expertise and sound engineering knowledge.
Media and Communication: The newsletter, social media, promotion, updating and developing the website, flyering, design of posters and other promotional material. Writing press releases and contacting the media. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance and Fundraising: Working in groups or teams to write funding bids, brainstorm other fundraising ideas, and find other fundraising opportunities. This is needed to buy equipment and make changes to the space (especially accessibility wise) – and also security the ongoing financial viability of the space for years to come. If you have grant writing experience or financial know-how or bookkeeping skills, you’d be perfect for this.
Events: Facilitating the running of events at Partisan. We make decisions on organising outside bookings, and occasionally organise our own in-house events. We also volunteer with running of events on the day.