New partnership to support families with digital cultural education

06 May 2020

Over the next four months, Culture Bridge North East (CBNE) is working in partnership with Family Explorers North East to deliver a digital cultural education programme to families in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

CBNE wants everyone growing up in the North East to have a childhood rich in arts and culture, and supports schools and other organisations to engage children and young people in culture and the arts. This new initiative will help signpost families to opportunities for cultural activity at home and support them with digital home learning.

Family Explorers North East is a project used by over 10,000 families in the region, backed by the Family Arts Campaign and 14 cultural organisations. Since 2013 it has been helping families get the inspiration and information they need to visit new places - a Facebook group provides a platform where reviews and questions can be shared between families, an e-newsletter curates trusted event suggestions and a website lists over 40 venues who have signed up to the Family Arts Standards.

Mel Burgess, CBNE Programme Manager, said: “We’re really excited to work together with Family Explorers North East to explore new ways of working to support families across the region and offer cultural opportunities for both home learning and leisure time.”

Sallyanne Flemons, Family Explorers North East Project Manager, said: “We are so pleased that Family Explorers has been able to partner with the education experts at Culture Bridge North East to provide this useful service to families.

“We hope during this difficult time the partnership will help make life that little bit easier for those with children at home who can be entertained and educated by the fantastic activities still being offered by our region’s cultural venues.”

  • To see the new Family Explorers/Culture Bridge North East content, just search for Family Explorers North East Facebook Group ‘Ask to join’.
  • For more information about the Family Explorers North East Facebook Group, visit Family Explorers. Please note, the e-newsletter is currently paused but will begin again when venues reopen.