Business Engagement

‘It has been such a pleasure working with Rowan and getting to know the student artists. There are so many ways to get involved through events, fundraising and volunteering. It’s not just about giving money.’ 

Samantha Shaw, Associate Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell 2018

Rowan actively wants to work with local businesses in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas. By engaging with us you can make a difference to the day-to-day lives of our student artists as well as fulfilling your business aims.

Companies are now becoming more conscious of the impact that they can have on all aspects of society whether economic, social or environmental. So building effective and meaningful charitable partnerships can lead to numerous benefits for businesses such as:

  • Improved employee engagement
  • A more positive workplace culture 
  • The ability to attract and maintain a happy workforce
  • Improved consumer loyalty and trust 

How can you get involved?

Your engagement with Rowan can take a variety of forms including offering your time, unique skills and expertise, financial support and use of resources.  

Student artist bursary

Rowan supports 78 adults from across Cambridgeshire with learning disabilities. We offer a range of opportunities from working in our studios, involvement with the performing arts, trips around the area and the chance to be involved in commissions and projects that Rowan undertakes. We currently subsidise each student artist through our own fundraising efforts. Our student artist bursary offers the opportunity for businesses to support individual students over a defined period of time.

  • £200 supports a student artist attending Rowan, two days a week, for a month. 
  • £2,000 supports a  student artist attending Rowan, two days a week, for a year. 

Charity of the year

Rowan has successfully partnered with different local businesses through being their charity of the year. This has come in different formats with some businesses focusing on particular projects that need financial support or events that need sponsorship. Other businesses have focused on creating opportunities in fundraising, volunteering and team building for their colleagues. Such work has included group visits to Rowan, which always prove popular, to see more of what we do and to meet our student artists.

‘It has been great to raise awareness of who Rowan is to our colleagues at Cambridge University Press as well as across Cambridge. The visits to the art centre made a huge difference as we were able to see where the funds were being used going and who was being supported.’

Kaya Spencer, Communications and Community Executive, Cambridge University Press 2019

Fundraising opportunities

You could fundraise for Rowan and support the work we do with our student artists. Fundraising is not just an individual endeavour but opens up opportunities for team building within your company. A selection of ideas that have supported Rowan include:

  • Fun runs
  • Quiz nights
  • Corporates challenges 
  • In-office events such as a bike cyclathon, raffles and crafts events – ask for one of our Rowan donation pots or buckets!

Your unique skills and volunteering

Charities are often looking for support in expertise that cannot easily be supported by our volunteers. Perhaps your business could help us with IT support, design work in marketing, website support… there are so many ways that you could help. 

And, of course, we have many opportunities for volunteering. This can include working in our garden and doing maintenance around the building along with supporting student and fundraising events.

Amazon Smile wish list

Great news! Rowan has now signed up to Amazon Smile so you and your business can support us each time you shop. Find out more here and visit our online wish list to find our how you can support us.

How to get in touch

We would love to hear from you. Please contact Hetti, our Marketing Manager, via email on or call on 01223 566 027.