November 28, 2014

Rio Ferdinand Foundation has hired a Programme Coordinator in our Manchester office

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Lowe to the position of Programme Coordinator in our Manchester & Salford office. She’s a talented and hardworking individual.

We are really excited to have her on board.Having risen from being a volunteer herself to leading training and stepping into project management, Victoria has long enjoyed working within Greater Manchester’s community arts sector.

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Starting out as a volunteer for Community Arts North West, a Manchester based arts and development organisation, Victoria assisted in the set & lighting design, facilitation and stage management of multi-media projects.

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During these projects, Victoria worked specifically with young people from diverse and under-represented areas across Greater Manchester.

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Victoria has since worked as a Creative Expert for Contact Theatre, an arts venue specialising in working with hard to reach and disaffected young people aged 13-30. And also as a freelance workshop facilitator and recruitment support officer for Proper Job Theatre Company, where she designed and delivered innovative arts projects.

During The LAB Project, for example, Victoria worked with unemployed people to build confidence and motivation. Helping to provide the necessary bridge into either further training/volunteering, education or paid employment.

As a freelance photographer she has had the pleasure of working on a variety of youth-led social action projects, such as: Active Citizens Oldham, NCS (National Citizens Service) and The Challenge, NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society) and PANDA’s Young Media Consultants Scheme. Most recently Victoria has developed and Project Managed her own solo community arts project, ‘The Negatives’.

This involved teaching the basics of digital photography to the Companions of Emmaus, which is a nationwide charity that supports people who are homeless. The project raised awareness of this ever-growing issue through two separate exhibitions and engaged the wider community, reaching over 32,000 people.

Their work challenged negative preconceptions and stereotypes but most importantly improved the confidence and welfare of the participants involved.

391696_2332530267341_374832102_nTo top it all off, Victoria has graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a distinction in her MA in Art and Design! And she still loves to learn.

She’s just completed a course in The Art of Mentoring and is currently learning Sign-Language at the Manchester Deaf Institute.

In December 2014 she will have completed a year long programme as part of Future Fires, which is a fantastic achievement. With Future Fires she has gained knowledge of end to end project management, having been offered training and support to successfully fundraise and deliver her own community arts project within the Borough of Tameside.photo1

 “I feel incredibly fortunate to have become a member of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation,” Said Victoria. “To be a part of a valued team that focuses specifically upon the development and passions of young people.

 “I will be enhancing opportunities and supporting individual progression. I love working with young people and this will be a rewarding experience.

  “I’m looking forward to developing and maintaining high quality, innovative programmes and to establishing new working relationships, engaging more audiences along the journey.

 “I want to thank the RFF for giving me this incredibly opportunity, bring on 2015!”