For Solidarity – CALL OUT for Co-Investigators

For Solidarity – CALL OUT for Co-Investigators

Deadline: Friday 12 June, 12 noon
Fee: £200

We are looking to recruit a small group of Co-Investigators who will work alongside members of The NewBridge Project to gather insights from a wide range of perspectives in response to the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those collective insights will help inform our ongoing For Solidarity programme and allow us to be proactive in prioritising any immediate needs within our local communities.

Covid-19 has led to a global health crisis that has deeply impacted the way we perceive our world and our everyday lives. In spreading human suffering and attacking our society at its core, the virus has been particularly detrimental to those living in vulnerable situations. Faced with significant disruption, the pandemic has increased precarity and uncertainty for many communities, exposing the lack of equality and fairness within our own societies.

For Solidarity

Over the past year The NewBridge Project and the Solidarity Economy Association have been collaborating to produce a digital map of the North East, giving a platform to the organisations, projects, initiatives and individuals in the region who are offering an alternative to the extractive and oppressive mainstream economic system.

Working in solidarity will give us a chance to redress inequalities and exploitation and to build stronger partnerships for action. With first-hand experience and stories gathered by the Co-Investigators, we can foster a creative dialogue and produce a programme that serves as a genuine community resource.


Co-Investigators will be selected to ‘report back’ on what they have observed or experienced. The group will be guided by a series of inquiry questions, which we will collaborate on together in a scheduled online briefing hosted with NewBridge members.

We are open on how you gather and present your findings. They could take a range of forms including, but not limited to, text, drawing, sound, video, spoken word, and performance. The aim is to gather a rich and diverse collection of insights into the day-to-day lives of those most affected by the pandemic. This data will be collated into a repository of action, informing the decisions we make in response to the global crisis, as we move forward together.

Due to the unique circumstances, and the virtual/remote meetings, we are able to accept applications from people outside the North East region. Our main priority is to ensure the diversity of the group, so it represents voices beyond just the artistic community.


  • Friday 12 June (12 noon) – Deadline for expressions of interest
  • Monday 6 July (Flexible) – Co-Investigators’ Welcome and briefing online. Alternative arrangements can be made to suit your needs.
  • This can be decided collectively – Share or present findings to The NewBridge Project


The co-investigators will each receive a stipend of £200 and will need to attend the Co-Investigators briefing, as well one scheduled meeting with a NewBridge staff member. This meeting will be an opportunity to check in and establish if any extra support or help is needed.


Please send the following to or contact us for alternative ways to apply

  • An expression of interest (max 200 words) detailing why you would like to be a Co-Investigator.
    • We will also accept expressions of interest in alternative formats – this could be sent as audio recording or a NewBridge member of staff will be happy to arrange a telephone chat (Please contact us in advance and we will be happy to arrange).
    • Within your application please feel free to outline any particular support that might be needed throughout the key dates listed above.
    • Postal Address: The NewBridge Project, Carliol House New Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6NE.
  • Please complete an Equality and Diversity Monitoring form  – this will be anonymous and saved separately to your EOI

We realise that the digital requirements to apply for this opportunity may discourage some people from applying, particularly those who do not have internet access or who are not familiar with using digital media. Please do not be put off by this – NewBridge staff are here to help and we will be happy to chat through any questions you might have regarding this.

If you require any of the information or would like us to send you alternative formats of this opportunity, please contact Hannah Kirkham or Niomi Fairweather.

The Newbridge Project