Army of volunteers to save The Studio in Hartlepool

Volunteers who turned up for the meeting at The Studio
Volunteers who turned up for the meeting at The Studio

AN army of volunteers has been formed to try to ensure the future success of a popular music venue.

Thirty people met at The Studio, in Tower Street, Hartlepool, after an appeal was put out by its four committee members for support to help the venue move forward.

Those who attended the meeting, chaired by Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency’s Peter Gowland, pledged to carry out a variety of roles as and when needed, ranging from bar work, to administration, to general decorating.

Suggestions to ensure the Studio remains a success included looking at alternative funding streams and grants, potentially working with the Red Dreams organisation on how to attract funding and maximising the venue’s use with a potential addition of a sandwich bar like it had 20 years ago.

The meeting heard that an accountant has already pledged her support, and there was also suggestions of improving the venue’s social media presence.

Those who attended were asked to commit a few hours here and there to help with the venue’s running. Six people agreed to become committee members and they held their first meeting last week.

Volunteers will now take part in a clean-up of The Studio from 10am on Sunday, October 5. A Volunteers of The Studio Facebook page has been set up.