One Stop Shop

We are part of a partnership of five organizations brought together by The Arts Development Company to offer up to two hours a month and their expertise for free to anyone making culture in Dorset.

“One Stop Shop began when I was thinking about how many diverse skills there are within communities and how they could be utilised more for personal and community benefit. It’s about pooling the skills and giving people the support they need to develop their careers, businesses, hobbies and communities.

Culture is a multi-skilled sector, with people working in a diverse range of roles: administration, budgeting, programming, producing , directing, strategic working, fundraising, marketing and project delivery. There’s a whole raft of people with so many skills between them, which could be utilised to offer tailored support. I like to think of it as a cultural ‘LetsLink UK’ scheme.”

Cleo Evans

Who’s it for?

Anyone who is involved or would like to be involved with culture in Dorset. You may be a freelancer, work in an organisation, involved in community events, or a hobbyist. You may have twenty years of experience or twenty days. We can also help anyone looking to start working or getting involved with culture in the county.

What can you help me with?

Here are some examples of what we can help with, but please get in touch with anything else you need and we’ll do our best to find someone to help you:

  • Reading and making suggestions on funding bids, proposals, CVs or business plans
  • Knowledge about communities and the cultural sector in different geographical regions
  • Touring performances
  • Signposting to funding, resources, training, networks and opportunities
  • Providing insight into career paths
  • Marketing and social media
  • Digital skills
  • Ticketing systems
  • Streamlining processes and procedures
  • Writing policies
  • Understanding and using spreadsheets
  • Recruiting volunteers
  • Managing budgets

The organisations who are taking part are:

How does it work?

If you run into any issues or have any questions please email Cleo Evans,

Please note, if we’re able to find you support your session may be up to four weeks away.

This is a pilot service that will run until July 2023.