Back in 2018, we launched a new initiative to help charitable visitor attractions and organisations bring their projects to reality. By offering £10,000 worth of our expertise for free, we have been able to help five project partners, while contuining to take steps towards our company's mission.
Our mission as a B Corp Certified organisation is to:
Design experiences that bring people together to connect
Create responsibly, sustainably and for everyone
Keep space for doing good, innovation and positive disruption
Instigate and support projects that have a positive community impact
We've taken a look back at the five Helping Hands projects we've completed with the likes of UNESCO and The Eden Project.
Cromford Mills (2018)
OBJECTIVE: Increase family visitors
SERVICES PROVIDED: Insights and strategy
OUTCOME: 10% uplift in family visitors year-on-year
Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cromford Mills is a heritage attraction showcasing the years of the industrial revolution. Working with their team in 2018, we worked with them on their insights and strategy, building an audience development plan - helping them drive consistent communication and experiences to increase their family visitor numbers.
Museum of East Anglian Life (2019)
OBJECTIVE: Rebrand and reposition as the Food Museum
SERVICES PROVIDED: Insights, strategy, concept design
OUTCOME: Successfully transform into the Food Museum
We were proud to kickstart The Museum of East Anglian Life's journey to a museum dedicated to food. They already had an abundance of interpretation and content around food production, and we came into to support the development of what the new brand and museum could look like. After creating their strategy and narrative, we created concept visuals of key museum touchpoints, helping facilitate discussions with stakeholders and funders to help the transformation.
Findern School (2020)
OBJECTIVE: Create a fun, nature-inspired playground
SERVICES PROVIDED: Design and executive production
OUTCOME: A new playground used by all pupils
Outdoor spaces became a priority, especially in schools, as the Covid-19 pandemic affected the way we all lived our lives. Working with a local school to Katapult's HQ, we create a nature-inspired playground for pupils of a primary school. As well as providing some much required outdoor space for activities, the project has helped to bring further pride and fun to the school.
Theme Park Designer Competition (2021)
OBJECTIVE: Inspire the next generation of theme park designers
SERVICES PROVIDED: Masterplanning, design and 3D flythrough video
OUTCOME: Over 3,000+ downloads and inspired children (and adults!)
With the Covid-19 pandemic still gripping the world in 2021, we turned our attentions towards the next generation of theme park designers in the industry. We released a theme park designer activity book, providing kids with an exciting project, aligned to key stage milestones, as well as giving both parents and teachers a much needed rest from homeschooling.
Down to Earth (2022-23)
OBJECTIVE: Showcase Down to Earth's vision and first site
SERVICES PROVIDED: Strategy, 3D design
OUTCOME: Secured and opened first site, Electric Daisy
In collaboration with The Eden Project, we worked with a community interest company, Down to Earth, to steer their vision to bring nature based regeneration to the city centre of our home city, Derby. We created visualisations of Electric Daisy, a botanical cocktail bar by night, and a community allotment by day providing education and nature connectedness. The first phase of the Electric Daisy was opened in 2023, welcoming thousands of people since.
2024 will see us launch a new competition to crown our next Helping Hands project. Once again, charitable visitor attractions and organisations can pitch for £10,000 worth of our expertise, to help their project become a reality - just like we've made happen since 2018.
Watch out for more information coming in the New Year on how to participate in the competition.