Meet the team: Caroline Tosal-Suprun
As part of our 2nd birthday celebrations, we asked our team members a few questions about what they do at Creative City, their proud moments and hopes for the future.
Creative City: How would you describe what you do?
Caroline Tosal-Suprun: I support the strategic development of the organisation. I offer emotional and practical support to the founding member, ensuring that the organisation remains values driven, resilient and compliant. I advise everyone on safeguarding and other challenges.
I am an extra pair of hands in programme delivery and at events.
CC: What motivates you?
CTS: I am passionate about helping seldom heard voices take ownership of issues affecting their lives and creating opportunities for individuals to discover new opportunities. I believe in the power of bringing people together and creating spaces for shared decision making.
CC: How did you become involved in Creative City?
CTS: I worked with Beth in a previous job and we both felt frustrated by the missed opportunities. When she told me of her plans to start a new venture using the arts to help people to recognise their own agency and power I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
CC: What do you most enjoy about working for Creative City?
CTS: I love the collaborative ethos. Participants shape each and every project. Nothing is ever set in stone which can come across as chaos to the outside world but really it’s trust and faith in people in action. No idea is ever too big or too small. The Creative City team will always work hard to platform people’s passion.
CC: What's been your proudest moment whilst working with Creative City?
CTS: Too many to describe. That beautiful feeling when someone realises they’ve made a difference to something or someone! There’s nothing like it!
CC: Have there been any moments of realisation in your life/career that made you know that this kind of work was what you wanted to do?
CTS: I worked in America one summer with young people from inner-city New York, many from care homes who were or had been in gangs. We bussed them out to the country for a week of residential. We were doing an alphabet treasure hunt in the woods and we got stuck on U and yelled oh look there’s a unicorn. This one lad who had refused to get involved all along came running up to me, totally engaged in my lie. Everyone was laughing and it was a really silly turn around moment. For him, who realised it was ok to let your guard down sometimes and let people in. For me, who realised that words and experiences really matter. No matter your story, you’ve got to leave a little room for magic!
CC: What do you hope the future will hold for Creative City?
CTS: I’d like to see us widen our work across Greater Manchester. I’d like to get some more salaried workers in the team. I’d like to see some programming targeted at young girls and women and more participatory budgeting opportunities.
CC: Who are some of your role models?
CTS: Beth- absolute legend- strong, kind, creative and courageous.