Lisa Ross

BPRCVS Lisa Ross

Volunteer Coordinator

 

01282 433740

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I started at BPRCVS in August 2018 as volunteer coordinator in a part-time capacity. I'm an experienced textile artist, designer and creative engagement practitioner based in Lancashire specialising in arts engagement which promotes positive mental wellbeing, inclusion and tackling social isolation through the creation of calming and safe environments.

My previous experience in the textiles industry; designing fibres and fabrics for the high street and branded sportswear led to designing bespoke clothing and high end commercial ladieswear and a successful textile art practice in the UK, Europe and US. As well as being a factory operations manager responsible for the complete process I developed a love for community engagement, working alongside people from communities which were very deprived within the factory I ran. I realised I had a knowledge which was transferable to help these communities. I've spent the last 11 years within these communities using practical and creative problem solving to deal with social issues to great success. I have recently honed a working methodology within my master’s degree, where I was chosen as UK Graduate of the Year 2017/18 from Selvedge magazine after receiving a master’s degree with distinction.

Respected within the creative industries and textile industries for consistently bringing projects in on time and on budget and to spec - something which I have taken into my community engagement work, and something BPRCVS picked up on when offering the position of volunteer coordinator. My community led commissions engage participants in conversation about community, environment, addictions, social and economic issues which affect the daily lives of residents and successfully show how arts engagement can aid in understanding and dismissing prejudice. 

I volunteer for a number of organisations and understand the importance of volunteers within communities.

I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work for BPRCVS in an area I feel so passionately about. I hope I can bring a different and creative way of looking at the voluntary sector which will enhance the amazing work BPRCVS already do.