For episode 58, our guest is Nicky Goulder, founding chief executive of Create, the UK's leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts.
It all began at Nicky's dining room table in 2003 following her vision a year earlier when she was motivated by a passion for helping to create a fair, caring and inclusive society where anyone, no matter their situation, could fulfil their potential.
Nicky has over two decades of experience at executive level in orchestral and arts education charities, and she has a wealth of skills as a result – from strategy and business management to creative, fundraising and communications, her role is demanding, rewarding and shows a passion for people, a commitment to social justice, and a love of the arts and culture.
As we all know, there is power in creativity. So in this episode we discuss how the creative arts have the power to change lives. To bring a little light to people's everyday. We're talking those who need it most: Young psychiatric patients; disabled children and adults; young and adult carers; schoolchildren in areas of deprivation; vulnerable older people; young and adult prisoners; and other groups of marginalised children and adults.
We also find out how Create coped when the pandemic hit last year, how it adapted and the difference it continues to make, despite the many challenges. I couldn’t complete season two of this podcast without chatting to Nicky and finding out more about all that she and her team do to empower others through the creative arts.