About Arts for Survival


About Arts for Survival Community Interest Company


The Community Interest Company (or CIC) is a relatively new type of company structure  by the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 and regulated by The Community Interest Company Regulations 2005.

A Community Interest Company (CIC) is a limited company, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage.


The understanding of survival boost self-confidence in a situation when the underprivileged and vulnerable  communities need the most.

The Arts for Survival  is a not-for-profit company and registered Community Interest Company which values and nurtures the voices, hearts and minds of the underprivileged in the community and helps them transform their lives through the creative work of Arts, culture and media.

The arts inspire creativity, gives hope, empowers individuals, brings new perspectives on processes, and offers original results that stimulate innovation, the development of new industries, creating jobs, products and services, economic well-being and quality of life.

We get involved in Health,Networking,  Pageants, Engaging communities through food, Awards, Cultural, Creative writing, media and Heritage projects.

Our Aims

  • Preventing the causes of poverty and relieving from the consequences of poverty in the deprived communities and disadvantaged groups.
  • To provide a range of opportunities and activities in order to tackle general unemployment, with regard to the specific problems inherent in some communities.
  • To promote volunteering both for its value to the individual and the community, and as a route to gaining skills and paid employment.
  • To work in partnership to meet strategic aims, and coordinate the efforts of partners in order to avoid duplication or missed opportunities.
  • To celebrate the work and achievements of local people, businesses and organisations where they have demonstrated a commitment to and regard for their local community.


We are dedicated to uplift, inspire and empower the underprivileged in the community through the creative work of arts, media, culture and events.


Our mission is an inclusive community, Strength through
shared resources, space, artistic and cultural expression that unites us all.

The Arts for Survival projects encourages expression, motivates, inspires, connects, and heals our community through award events, creative writing, celebrating other culture through food, Networking, creative arts and media, contemporary exhibitions and innovative arts activities.

The Arts for Survival is committed to promoting collaboration with other community organisations and individuals,   participation of diverse audiences, share of knowledge through networking and innovative workshops.


Our History

Arts for Survival began in October 2004 as a community group by constitution  when the founder realised the needs of reducing isolation and participation gap especially among the underprivileged like immigrants and women  in the community.

Arts for Survival developed a creative writing  project “A long way from home” for diaspora women from Africa. Recounting their journey in the western community. This project was delivered via a workshop and a book was published at the end of the project. This project was fully funded by the National Lottery Awards for All England.

Arts for Survival intended to collaborate  with the Media houses or Media  Arts Institute in the locality or nationally  to create  community documentary  or feature films that tells the community what it is like to be a diaspora woman in the western society  with the intention to share their day to day  success and tribulations. The organisation was proud of the out come of the project though it did not attain the final goal due to funding to move to the next stage.

In current environment the organisation had to be  rebuild momentum in order to attract and build on the successful outcomes. So, a formal structure was required that would enable strategic management and partnership development of projects. Today the statues is C.I.C.

Our Working Model

Our ability to deliver long-term value for the community is reinforced by our working model.

Arts for Survival functions across the whole community. We identify areas and groups of people in the community who need our projects, we then develop projects to suit their needs, obtain sponsorship, develop the project and deliver the project.

The people in the community are at the heart of all that we develop, deliver and achieve. We develop skills through using community resources and volunteers who work with us to deliver our projects with confidence.

Our project model is proven to work and our impact is positive, showing both economic outcomes as well as social and cultural impact.



As a social enterprise, we target  to operate and deliver at reasonable prices on events and other endevours or free at times .  Our profit is ploughed back  to the community to support those most in need.