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Kids in Museums 2011 Manifesto launched

The 2011 Kids in Museums Manifesto, compiled entirely from visitors’ comments. is described as "a practical and powerful tool to encourage and support museums and galleries around the country to make family visits more enjoyable." Already over 200 museums have signed up in its support, pledging to work towards putting the 20 points into practice.



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New EH guide for Community Groups to take over Historic Buildings

TAKE OWNERSHIP is a new guide published by English Heritage to help Community Groups take over the running of Historic Buildings from local councils.



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Kids in Museums family ticket report and guidelines

Kids in Museums has published two reports about Flexible Family Tickets and Guidelines to encourage museums to offer more flexible family ticket policies. The Family Watch Survey found that only 1 in 5 respondents were positive about family tickets, and 8 out 10 museums would like to introduce a flexible family ticket but don't know how. Culture Label were commissioned to produce a Commercial Report detailing the income generating opportunities that flexible family tickets can bring. posted 06.01.11



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Arts Council England assumes Museums and Libraries functions

Arts Council England today (Thursday 9 December) announced that it has agreed to take over a number of the functions relating to museums and libraries, following the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has allocated ACE just £46.5m to deliver the services the MLA provides, compared with the £62m budget awarded to the MLA in 2010/11. Funding for the regional museums development programme, Renaissance in the Regions, has been protected, and will be cut by only 15% to £44.7m. But this will leave ACE with just £1.8m with which to carry out other regional museum work and the library improvement programmes. The DCMS said that MLA funding other than for Renaissance in the Regions had not been protected, "in line with the Department's decision to focus our investment on essential frontline services and cut back on administration". posted 10.12.10


What do the public want from libraries?

A guide to help council leaders and library practitioners act on the latest research into what the public wants from library services, has been published by the MLA. The guide offers rich illustrations of good practice and tips on how to shape the service for the future. posted 10.12.10



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Ed Vaisey defends the Arts Council take over of M.L.A.

Ed Vaizey has said he is confident that Arts Council England (ACE) has the right level of funding and expertise to take on the functions of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). see doc below for full report posted 02.12.10



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Jodi Award winners announced

The Winners of the UK Jodi Awards 2010 for accessible digital culture were announced yesterday at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. In spite of the grim weather conditions, some 30 delegates from many parts of Scotland and England attended the ‘Doing Digital Sensibly’ seminar about digital inclusion organised jointly organised by Digital Access Scotland, the Jodi Mattes Trust, the Scottish Archive Network, National Archives of Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland and the Scottish Libraries and Information Council. The Jodi Awards, given for the first time in Scotland, gave the seminar a festive feel. Click on DOC below to see full list of winners. posted 02.11.10



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Efforts to Include Social Outcomes in Public Sector Contracts moves to next stage.

A public services bill which would require all public service contracts to outline its social outcomes has been supported by MPs. The Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill aims to make it a requirement for all future public sector contracts to describe the positive social outcomes they aim to achieve and therefore make it easier for the voluntary and community sector, charities and social enterprises to win public sector contracts. posted 02.12.10 with thanks to www.j4bcommunity.co.uk


Latest Update on MLA handover to ACE

As part of a government-wide review of arms length bodies, it was announced in July that the MLA will be abolished to enable DCMS to focus its resources on front-line, essential services and ensure greater value for money. Since then, in consultation with MLA Chair Sir Andrew Motion and its Chief Executive Roy Clare, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been in detailed discussions with a number of bodies about the future of various functions currently undertaken by the MLA. Click on DOC below for more details 29.11.10



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Arts and Culture in a digital age

Report commissioned by ACE, MLA and A&B out. Every day millions of Britons engage with the arts and cultural sector through digital media. This engagement comes in many forms and is in a constant state of evolution, driven by technological change. Five years ago, mobile phones were for texts and calls and Facebook barely existed. Today, a quarter of us have a smartphone through which we can listen to a song, or watch a trailer for an artistic performance. This research represents the first time that this online engagement with arts and culture in England has been captured and quantified. The findings in this report confirm that engaging with the arts through digital media is now a mainstream activity. Crucially, this engagement augments, rather than replaces, the live experience. This research is part of the major three-year Digital Opportunities Programme by the Arts Council (one of the organisation‟s four priorities for 2008-2011), and develops on earlier research conducted in that programme. posted 29.11.10



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Getting the most from Volunteers' Week 2011: resources and advice

Volunteers’ Week takes place from 1 – 7 June 2011, which is also the European Year of Volunteering. Heritage volunteers are an incredibly hardworking bunch and deserve recognition and celebration for their efforts; see Volunteers’ Week’s top tips to get the most from the exposure. Headline tips are: 1/ Put the date in your diary, 2/ Arrange an event to gain media attention, 3/ Get PR value of the campaign, 4/ Make use of the free resources available on the Volunteers’ Week website 5/ Develop Employer Supported Volunteering, 6/ Recruit some new volunteers, 7/ Fundraise, 8/ Produce a case study, 9/ Keep your colleagues updated on the work you're doing, 10/ Create new volunteering opportunities and tasters. see more on the volunteers week website click on DOC below. posted 22.11.10 This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Big Lottery Fund to deliver £100 million Govn. support for charities

A new £100million fund to help the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises that are most vulnerable to public spending cuts will be opened at the end of this month and managed by BIG Fund, announced Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd on 5 November. Mr Hurd said: “The Big Society agenda will give charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises more opportunities to secure stable independent funding. But we recognise that this will not happen overnight. To help address this problem, we have worked quickly to open a £100million short-term fund to help charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises make the transition to becoming providers to public of services, to work with us to build a Big Society and make the most of the opportunities it will bring for them.” The Government is also developing a Big Society Bank that will use money from dormant bank accounts to help capitalise the sector and build capacity. This is on top of around £470million, including the £100million transition fund, announced in the spending review to directly support the sector. posted 22.11.10 This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Beauty matters, says new research

ight out of ten people think everyone should be able to experience beauty on a regular basis, while only 18 per cent of people think that beauty matters less if you are poor. These are some of the results of a project undertaken by CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) and the AHRC called People and Places which looks at how to get people interested and involved in shaping the quality of the place where they live. Outcomes have included essays on urban beauty, MORI research on attitudes towards beauty and a photography competition. For more information see CABE website posted 22.11.10



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Short list for Jodi awards 2010 announced

Winner to be announced on the 1st December. The shortlist consists of: the Historic Royal Palaces, which provides key visitor information to five historic properties in British Sign Language (BSL) online, presented by a deaf actor in period costumes. the Roman Baths, which created a full length BSL version for its multi-lingual audio tours, signed by well known BSL presenter Clive Mason. the Royal Collection, which included ten BSL video clips exploring the main themes of the ‘Victoria and Albert: Art and Love’ exhibition and made them available online. the Inclusive Communication Essex website, a project by Essex County Council Libraries. , provides resources countywide for care staff, parents and learning disabled people to support communication with and by learning disabled people: speech, signing, body language, pictures, objects and informal gestures. Medicine at the Movies, a project in which disabled people and people at risk of exclusion used museums collections and spaces to develop their own stories and films about medicine and health. The Thackray Museum involved people with a hearing impairment and the George Mashall Museum mental health service users. At the British Dental Museum, a film devised by adults with a learning disability about dental hygiene has been included by the museum in Key-Stage 2 museum learning materials.



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Free DVD: Consulting disabled people about heritage site interpretation

In 2009 Boscobel House in Staffordshire, looked after by English Heritage, received funding to improve its visitor experience by addressing access and orientation issues and presenting new stories in accessible ways. On-site focus groups with disabled people were held and their recommendations informed the re-interpretation of the site. This DVD offers a practical case study and methodology about consulting disabled people on the interpretation of historic properties. It features short films of the focus group sessions, audio transcripts and written practical guidelines based on the case study. The DVD was produced by the English Heritage Outreach Team in partnership with Properties Presentation. To receive a FREE copy of the DVD please email suzanne.carter@english-heritage.org.uk or westmidlands@english-heritage.org.uk. posted 05.11.10


£3.6m boost for local community green spaces

On 8 October Natural England announced its latest round of Access to Nature grants, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The funding is for fifteen new projects that create opportunities for people from all backgrounds to improve their local environment and make greater use of it. In this recent series of awards totalling £3.6m, projects to help communities improve local woodlands, ponds, canals or inner city green spaces run alongside a number of programmes focused on helping young people enjoy and benefit from the natural world. One of the projects, Canal Connections in East Manchester, will strengthen links between the Rochdale Canal in East Manchester and surrounding communities, increasing appreciation and care for the canal’s heritage and wildlife. The project will provide a range of learning and training opportunities and is run by The Waterways Trust. posted 05.11.10 This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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HLF announces new measures to support applicants through tough times

Yesterday (Thursday 4 November) the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced changes to its procedures in recognition of the economic challenges facing potential and current applicants. The changes, which apply with immediate effect, are: reduced match funding requirements, management & maintenance costs included in match funding, more accessible grant increases, and consideration of requests for short-term revenue funding from past grant-holders where the current economic climate is putting the achievements of a project at risk, in order to protect HLF investment. For the full details of each new measure, see DOC below posted 05.11.10 This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Youth in Focus

Funding is available for youth work through the Big Lottery Fund. Youth in Focus is a new programme from the Big Lottery Fund that will make £30m available for projects that support vulnerable young people through difficult changes in their lives. The programme is targeting the following priority groups: young carers; young people leaving care and young people leaving young offenders institutions. For these priority groups the programme aims to improve confidence, skills and knowledge - so they can better deal with the life events that affect them. If your project meets the programme outcomes then you may be eligible to apply for a grant of between £500,000 and £1,000,000. Visit the Big Lottery Fund website. posted 01.11.10



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English Heritage - cuts

English Heritage face cuts of 32% equating to £130 million real-term cuts over thirteen years. This is considerably higher than DCMS’s overall cut of 25%. This will involve a reduction in grants and staff. See EH statement as DOC below. posted 01.11.10



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Recognising the economic and Social Value of Our Heritage

The Heritage Alliance issued a statement ahead of the Government Spending Review pointing out that Heritage has been losing out for sometime, and not been part of "The golden Age of Culture". See Doc below for more details. 21.10.10



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Summary of Spending Review Cuts on Culture

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has presented the Government’s Spending Review, which fixes spending budgets for each Government department up to 2014-15. HEADLINES * It has been announced that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will reduce overall resource spending by 24 per cent over this period * The total administration budget for the Department and its arm’s lengths bodies will be reduced by 41 per cent. This includes the Arts Council England making administration savings of 50 per cent (more info below on ACE) * This has allowed the Government to limit cuts to museums and grant-funded arts organisations to 15 per cent * Funding package of £9.3 billion for Olympics maintained * Free admission to national museums and galleries maintained * Capital project funding for the Tate Modern, the British Museum, and the British Library Newspaper Archive in Boston Spa confirmed * Funding will end for the Creative Partnerships programme, and funding will be cut for the British Film Institute, by 15 per cent * 19 of DCMS’ 55 public bodies will be abolished or reformed. This includes the abolition of the UK Film Council and Museum, Libraries and Archives Council, the merger of UK Sport and Sport England, and the merger of the National Lottery Commission and Gambling Commission * BBC Licence fee will be frozen until 2016-17 * Arts Council England has been cut by 29.6 %. This means their funding will reduce from £450m to £350m in real terms in 2014. The cut in the first year (11/12) is around 14%. The full numbers are as follows: * 2011/12 - £387.7 * 2012/13 - £359.2 * 2013/14 - £351.6 * 2014/15 - £349.4 * The Secretary of State has asked ACE to try to ensure that funding for arts organisations is not cut by more than 15% over the next four years * The Government has also stated its commitment to: encouraging corporate investment to bring in new sources of funding and philanthropic giving, particularly in the arts; providing greater freedom and flexibilities for museums through easier access to reserves of privately raised funds, and taking a more strategic approach to public funding for the arts; and continuing to reform Lottery funding to ensure more money goes to support projects in the arts, sport and heritage, by allocating 60 per cent of Lottery funding to these causes and 40 per cent to the voluntary and community sector * The Renaissance Programme for regional museums will continue but with reduced DCMS funding by around 15 per cent over four years posted 20.10.10 thanks to LCSG@london.gov.uk


Free Entry to Museums and Galleries

George Osbourne announced that free entry to museums and galleries will continue, as part of spending review announcements. posted 20.10.10


Family Friendly Museum Award 2011

Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award 2011 is launched Are you the most family friendly museum in Britain? The call for nominations for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2011 has been launched in the Guardian. posted 20.10.10 see DOC below for more details.



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The Big Link Up

This November the Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) is hosting The Big Link Up, a series of events to celebrate and debate the importance of cultural learning. The CLA is a collective voice working to ensure that all children and young people have meaningful access to culture in this difficult economic climate. You can get involved by signing up to the campaign, and by hosting a Link Up Event or a school Assembly Event. Find out more about how to get involved by clicking on DOC below. posted 18.10.10



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Ask Ed Vaisey

Culture minister Ed Vaizey (pictured) is to take part in a special question and answer session to help address some of the challenges facing the arts in the UK. The politician is inviting anyone with an interest in the sector to send him their questions, raise issues or make comments and suggestions. Responses should be emailed to Mr Vaizey at askedvaizey@culture.gsi.gov.uk and the minister will be filmed answering a selection of the queries received. A film will then be posted on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's website, as well as its YouTube channel. posted 18.10.10



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ACE may take over some M.L.A. functions

At the Museums Association Conference today Alan Davey, Chief Exec of Arts Council England spoke about the potential for ACE to fulfil some M.L.A. (Museums, Libraries, Archives) functions in the future. See Doc below for full speech. 06.10.10



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Renaissance Hubs to be scrapped

Ed Vaizey, the minister for culture, giving the afternoon keynote address to the Museums Association Conference and Exhibition 2010, told delegates that the hub system would be scrapped. Mark Taylor, the M.A.'s director said "We now have confirmation that core museums will replace hubs backed up with a challenge fund. Apart from the size of the funds available, there is so much more detail to be worked on - and quickly". posted 06.10.10



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Sustainable Ability - by MMM

Missions, Models and Money have launched their Sustainability Report. a project to help drive forward transformative responses to resource scarcity and climate change from individuals and organisations working in the arts. It is intended as another point of connection in the growing network of support designed to help the UK’s cultural and creative sector. posted 04.10.10



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Culture and Class- pamphlet and discussion

Using the UK as a case study, Counterpoint is turning the spotlight on the interplay of culture and class today. In Culture and Class John Holden argues that it is essential we forge a new relationship between the two, asserting the central role of culture in the creation of a more egalitarian society. This paper was launched on the 7th September with a panel discussion which can also be downloaded. See DOC below. posted 27.09.10



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List of Qangos to be cut and merged leaked this morning.

As well as the abolition of the M.L.A, the Churches Conservation Trust is also to go, and the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund to be merged with English Heritage. See full list below. 24.09.10



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Minority Ethnic Staff still under-represented - new MA report finds

A report into the diversity of the UK’s museum workforce by Maurice Davies, the MA’s head of policy and communications, and Lucy Shaw, the MA’s Diversify coordinator, has found that black and minority ethnic (BME) groups are still under-represented in museums. The report found that, in the fifteen years from 1993-2008, the proportion of minority-ethnic people working in UK museums has almost trebled, from 2.5% to 7%, and in national museums the proportion in 2006 was almost 11%. However this is against a background of a rising general population of BME groups, increasing from 5.5% to 12% over the same period. For more information and the full report see the Museums Association website. Click on DOC below. Posted 23.09.10



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Museums at Night Evaluation

is available now. Click the DOC link below for the executive summary and full report. Headline figures include 47% of visitors were new to the venue and 5% had never been to a museum before. posted 21.09.10



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DCMS Culture and Sport Engagement report.

For more information about how the individuals in your communities might behave, the DCMS Culture and Sport Evidence programme (CASE) has published some interesting research showing for example that: * watching TV for more than three hours a week is associated with reduced engagement * being of black or minority ethnic background strongly predicts library use * higher income is not strongly associated with more arts attendance * having a sense of influence over local facilities strongly predicts sports engagement * living among heritage predicts heritage engagement for more details click on DOC below. posted 09.09.10



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Taking Part Survey - annual stats on public engagement with culture

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have released the latest findings of the Taking Part Survey which show an increase in the proportion of 11-15 year olds who have visited a museum, gallery or archive in the last year. There is a strong relationship between cultural engagement and deprivation. People who live in the most deprived areas of England are significantly less likely than people in the least deprived areas to visit museums and galleries, heritage sites and public libraries. posted 09.09.10



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Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry on Funding of the Arts and Heritage

The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has launched a wide-ranging inquiry into the funding of the Arts and Heritage, with just a six-week deadline of 2 September. The Heritage Alliance has asked its members for views to inform an Alliance response, by 20 August. The Committee invites written submissions on what impact recent, and future, spending cuts from central and local Government will have on the arts and heritage at a national and local level. It will also look at what arts organisations can do to work together more closely in order to reduce duplication of effort and to make economies of scale; what level of public subsidy for the arts and heritage is necessary and sustainable; whether the current system, and structure, of funding distribution is the right one; what impact recent changes to the distribution of National Lottery funds will have on arts and heritage organisations; whether the policy guidelines for National Lottery funding need to be reviewed; the impact of recent changes to DCMS arm’s-length bodies - in particular the abolition of the UK Film Council and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council; whether businesses and philanthropists can play a long-term role in funding arts at a national and local level; and finally, whether there need to be more Government incentives to encourage private donations. The Committee will also examine other areas of interest that are raised during the course of its inquiry. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to cmsev@parliament.uk and with ‘Funding of the Arts and Heritage’ in the subject line, by Thursday 2 September. For more information see DOC below.



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Public bodies to be merged or cut including M.L.A.

There is a summary below of all the proposals which include the winding up of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council by April 2012, and the abolishing of the Advisory Council for Libraries. It is also considering the future roles of English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund as well as CABE. posted 26.07.10



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Discovering Places Launched

On Wednesday (21 July) The Alliance’s Chairman Loyd Grossman joined Jonathan Edwards, gold medallist, triple jump world record holder and Athlete Representative for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), at the Houses of Parliament to launch the Discovering Places campaign – part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, delivered in partnership by The Heritage Alliance and London 2012. posted 26.07.10



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Using local spaces to tackle inequality and improve health

CABE has just produced "Community Green", the largest study of its kind into the relationship between urban green space, inequality, ethnicity, health and wellbeing. posted 19.07.10



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New guidance for the re-modelling of libraries.

The MLA and LGA (Local Government Association) have launched a new support programme for libraries that was unveiled at the Remodeling Libraries Conference. It will support councils to adapt to deliver key services within the current economic constraints. Initially projects will take place with ten library authorities and then the best learning will be shared throughout the wider public library network. posted 15.07.10



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Launch of new web based image and story gathering site.

www.historypin.com is a web-based image / story gathering site created by social development organisation We Are What We Do, in partnership with Google. It aims to provide “a digital time machine that allows people to view and share history in a totally new way” by allowing the public to upload historical images, paintings, drawings etc to the website, overlaying modern Google maps.



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The People's Record

MLA has £50,000 to support projects led by museums, libraries and archives that work with community groups to explore themes like Wellbeing and Young People’s Aspirations. For information, contact your MLA regional representative - deadline for proposals 26 July posted 24.06.10



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London Charities Offered Free Media Services

Students from the University of Westminster are offering charities the chance for free video production until August. Small London-based charities that would not have the resources to create their own productions are eligible for the offer. The students are trained in campaigning and fundraising films for charitable organisations and will produce films between 30 seconds and six minutes long. The charities will then be free to use the productions on their own websites. Senior lecturer in TV production at the University of Westminster, Ged Maguire, explained that the students were willing to offer their expertise free of charge and in their own time over the summer to gain vital work experience. He said: “Charities can approach us with their requirements and we will work with their marketing departments. “The charities will be given full editorial approval.” Eligible charities should contact Mr Maguire at g.maguire@westminster.ac.uk. posted 24.06.10


More Grants to support disabled volunteers.

The Access to Volunteering Fund has awarded 99 more grants to help organisations support disabled volunteers - bringing the total number of awards made to nearly 200. The pilot scheme, which is funded by the Office for Civil Society, aims to overcome the barriers that prevent disabled people volunteering. A lack of transport, inadequate premises and negative attitudes towards disability are just some of the obstacles being addressed. Awards of up to £5,000 are available in three test regions – Greater London, West Midlands and the North West. Applications can be by web, e-mail, phone or post. There are now only two remaining deadlines for grants - 28 June and 6 September 2010. For further information call 03000 123 346 or visit the website (click on DOC below) posted 24.06.10



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Measuring Social Contribution

The MLA has today launched new case studies, guidance and tools to support museums, libraries and archives in planning how they deliver their services and in measuring their contribution to social outcomes. for more information see DOC link below. posted 18.06.10



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Deadline for Access to Volunteering Grants coming up

The Access to Volunteering Fund Pilot aims to increase the number of disabled people in volunteer positions by breaking down the barriers they currently face when wanting to volunteer. Deadlines for applications are 28th June and 6th September 2010, after which the pilot scheme will close. See DOC below for more information. posted 10.06.10



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New research tackles barriers to volunteering

Cost is not the principal barrier for organisations wishing to engage volunteers from under-represented groups according to new research issued today by the Commission for the Compact. The groups include disabled people, refugees and asylum seekers, and single parents. Findings from this research show that organisations should improve their monitoring of the numbers of volunteers from these groups. In addition, the research highlights the benefits of involving these volunteers and, although it recognises that there can be additional costs incurred in involving them, it recommends that funding bodies should recognise and support the potential extra costs and time. posted 07.06.10



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The Community Channel is now on Freeview 24 hours a day

The Community Channel, which was previously only available 24 hours a day on Sky and Virgin, has launched on Freeview channel 87. Community Channel is the UK’s only national TV platform solely for programming related to communities, their stories and the organisations that support them. Tell your story and that of those you work with, be involved in the programming and add a unique dimension to your campaign. Find out more by visiting http://www.communitychannel.org, email adamp@communitychannel.org.uk or ring 020 7217 3642. posted 07.06.10. This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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New English Heritage website launched

Last week English Heritage launched its new website, organised into two main sections; one aimed at visitors and members, and the other intended for heritage professionals. A third section, ‘About us’, has information on governance, funding, vacancies and contact details. The new website aims to provide a clearer, more user-friendly browsing experience. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk and see what you think. To let EH know your thoughts, visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about/news/survey to fill in the online feedback form posted 28.05.10



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DCMS split Heritage and Culture

The surprise announcement that heritage is to be separated from culture in the new DCMS ministerial portfolios sent shock waves through the heritage sector last week. John Penrose, Conservative MP for Weston Super Mare and newly appointed Minister for Tourism and Heritage, takes on heritage and the built environment. His new portfolio also covers the National Lottery, Royal Parks and Royal Household and Licensing and Gambling. The reason, the press speculates, is that John Penrose could not be given responsibility for media and the digital economy because of a ‘conflict of interest’ arising from his marriage to Dido Harding - the managing director of the Talk Talk telecom company. Ed Vaizey, Conservative MP for Wantage and Didcot, who served as shadow culture minister since 2006 up until the election - and was expected to take the heritage brief - retains responsibility for arts, media and libraries, museums and galleries. He takes on additional responsibility for telecoms, broadband and the creative industries working in tandem with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. posted 28.05.10. This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Arts, Heritage, Olympics and Sports Funding boost

The new Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt outlined government proposals for support for the cultural sector,including an increase in lottery spending. See the highlights and speech transcript in DOC below. This increase is intended to encourage philanthropic giving at a time when the government will be cutting back on grants. posted 27.05.10



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Nominations now open for the JODI awards

Nominations are now being sought for the Jodi Awards 2010 from museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites. The Jodi Awards are for best use of digital technology to widen access to information, collections, learning and creativity for disabled people. The deadline for UK Award nominations is Friday 13 September. The Awards will be presented in Edinburgh in December, at a high profile collaborative event with the National Archives of Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland, the Scottish Libraries and Information Council and Digital Access Scotland. The International Jodi Award for Overseas (non-UK) countries will be given in Brussels as part of the European Congress on E Inclusion (ECEI10), ‘Delivering a Digital Europe in Public Libraries’, an official EU Belgian Presidency event hosted by the Flemish Community and Civic Agenda (deadline for nominations: 9 August). More information about the Jodi Awards, this years initiatives and Nomination Forms can be found on: www.jodiawards.org.uk. posted 20.05.10



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Silver Surfers Day 21 May 2010

Sir Terry Wogan is backing this year’s Silver Surfers Day on Friday 21 May 2010, encouraging everyone, especially those over 65 years, to get online at one of the 400 libraries across the UK, which are taking part in the day's activities. Terry says: "Everything is just a simple click away now – we can source information, communicate instantly and shop without ever having to leave the comfort of our homes. It’s so easy that any old Janet and John could get online". Silver Surfers Day is part of Adult Learners’ Week (15-21 May). For more information from the MLA click on link below. posted 13.05.10



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New Cabinet appointments and profiles

Here is a list of all the new cabinet appointments and profiles, provided by the Creativity, Culture and Education website. Just click on DOC below. posted 13.05.10



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New £200,000 North East Community Empowerment Fund Announced

he North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership are inviting applications for a new community engagement and empowerment fund. The Community Engagement and Empowerment Innovation Fund is open to local and sub-regional partnerships working to assist: * Engagement with older and young people. * Hard to reach groups. * Liaison between statutory and voluntary organisations. * Community safety. The fund aims to generate positive outcomes for North East communities and embed customer focus principles in service delivery. Applications must be received by 12pm on 28 May 2010. Clink on DOC link below for more information and application form. posted 06.05.10



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bursaries available for small charities to attend IT conference

The IT Special Interest Group’s annual conference will examine how charities can utilise technology to maximise their fundraising returns. The bursaries are open to registered charities with an annual income of under £50,000 and will cover free entry and refreshments to one representative from each successful charity. The event, taking place on 13 May, will feature speeches from Dr Robina Chatham and representatives from seethedifference.org. To apply please email enquiries@iofitsig.org stating "Bursary Application – Conference 2010" in the subject line, and giving a 250 word account of how beneficial the bursary would be, along with details of the applying charity. For more information on the conference visit the IoF website below.



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Diversify Scheme for new careers

A new grant scheme, called Next Steps, has been created to offer more career prospects for under-represented people in the museum industry. People who are in the middle stages of their career can apply for a grant of up to £2,000, as part of the Museums Association's (MA) Diversify scheme. Under-represented people from ethic minorities or those who are deaf or disabled can receive support in a variety of ways including training in leadership, having specialist coaching or studying abroad. Applications for the scheme close on the 10th May. posted 22.04.10 see DOC link below.



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Diversify Toolkit

The Museums Association has updated its toolkit for employers to create a more diverse workforce. 22.04.10. See DOC link below



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A Place for Culture

Vision document from DCMS and DCSF, setting out (with brief case studies and examples) ways of “developing a local culture offer for all children and young people”. Click on Doc link below to view document. with thanks to John Vincent at Network News for this article. posted 14.04.10



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Recession-busting lottery boom adds millions to heritage fund

It would seem that the nation is attempting to gamble its way out of the recession. Thanks to an increase in lottery ticket sales, the Heritage Lottery Fund will have an extra £25m a year to distribute in grants from now until 2018. Although lottery operator Camelot was at pains to stress the firm’s social responsibility and that the average punter spends £3 a week on tickets and scratchcards, sales have been booming throughout the longest recession since the 1930s. thanks to www.nwfed.org.uk for this piece of news. posted 13.04.09


Scottish Arts Council becomes CREATIVE SCOTLAND

The Scottish Arts Council will finally close this summer, and its successor, Creative Scotland, will be formally established as a Non-Departmental Public Body, following a vote last week by the Scottish Parliament on the Public Services Reform Bill.


Banking on Culture

The MLA joined Britain's leading cultural and heritage organisations to launch their vision for the future of arts and culture. Cultural Capital: A Manifesto for the Future shows how investing in culture and heritage can help Britain's social and economic recovery from recession. It demonstrates with facts and figures that a fifteen-year period of investment has created a public appetite for culture and that the arts, heritage, museums, libraries and archives make a strong contribution to the economic and social wellbeing of Britain. posted 29.03.10 See Doc below for full manifesto.



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MLA London’s Training Programme Transfers to HVM

From April 2010 Hopkins Van Mil: Creating Connections will manage and further develop MLA London's Training Programme. Over the last few months we’ve been working closely with the MLA London team to ensure that we maintain the programme's recognised quality and affordability and build on its needs-led approach. What was known as MLA London's Training Programme will now be called HVM's Capacity Building Programme. for more info. see DOC below. posted 29.03.10



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2012 announces first 10 UNLIMITED commissions

London 2012 and Arts Council England announced that more than £400,000 of funding has been awarded to 10 commissions for Unlimited, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project. Unlimited will celebrate disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale, transforming the disability arts movement in the UK. posted 29.03.10



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O2 Announces New £5 Million Community Fund for Young People

Mobile phone network O2 has launched a new community programme to help young people aged 13 – 25 make a difference to their communities. Think Big is a new programme which will offer £300 cash grants to young people, along with training, support and mentoring from some of the UK’s most prominent youth charities - The National Youth Agency and UK Youth. The scheme is also being supported by the Telefonica Foundation. Click on Doc below for more information. posted 22.03.10



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Legacy Plan for Disabled People to improve the lives of 10 million in the UK

The first ever Olympic and Paralympic legacy plan to bring about lasting changes to the life experiences of disabled people has been published today by the Government. posted 18.03.10



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Women to Watch list announced.

Featuring 50 female leaders, directors, producers and curators from across the UK, the CLP 2010 'Women to Watch' list celebrates women who are already making a huge contribution to the rich cultural life of the UK, and have the potential to rise to the very top.



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CILIP Diversity Award 2010

Nominations are now open for the Diversity Award 2010 – Help us celebrate diversity! Do you know someone who shows an outstanding commitment to promoting diversity? The CILIP Diversity Group wants to celebrate diversity with in the library and information sector. The award will be presented at The Diversity Group Conference on Monday 14 June 2010 at CILIP in London. The award is for an individual or a team who have shown a commitment to the advancement of diversity in the library world. The short listed people/ teams will be invited to the Diversity Conference, where the winner will be announced. Closing date for entries is Friday 30 April 2010.” posted 15.03.10 with thanks to John Vincent at The Network for this news item.



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Update on Discovering Places project: new date for launch

The Discovering Places project launch has been rescheduled from the May Bank Holiday weekend to 23-25 July, to coincide with London 2012 Open Weekend. The Discovering Places project is one of the major projects of the Cultural Olympiad, the cultural festival taking place in the lead up to London 2012. The project is led by The Heritage Alliance, working in partnership with the historic, natural and built environment sectors involving public, private and voluntary organisations. Discovering Places is a UK-wide project that aims to give participants the opportunity to discover, explore, be inspired by and benefit from our nation’s hidden gems – historic and contemporary buildings, public spaces and natural places in and around the cities, towns and villages where they live and work. Over the next 2 ½ years, the project is going to be delivered as a combination of timed events and ongoing activities. The launch of Discovering Places has been rescheduled to take place on the London 2012 Open Weekend, 23 to 25 July. This is the third London 2012 Open Weekend and is a celebration of the countdown to the opening of the Games in London in 2012. Discovering Places will bring a focus on the natural, built and historic environments to the weekend of events and for those events taking part the benefit of being associated with an established London 2012 activity, their audiences and substantial marketing machine. To be part of the weekend celebrations your event needs to meet the following criteria – be free at the point of access, actively engage people in the environment and be something new or a new variation of an event you already do to attract new audiences. If you are interested in taking part visit the London 2012 website (www.london2012.com) and click on Get Involved / Open Weekend. On the open weekend registration form you will find the option to apply to join the Discovering Places strand of the weekend. For further information about Discovering Places or its launch, please contact the Discovering Places team Catharine – c.bull@heritagelink.co.uk or Claire c.horan@heritagelink.co.uk posted 15.03.10


Third Sector partnerships in heritage-led regeneration: new report published

This is a collaborative report from Heritage Works and the North of England Civic Trust (a member of The Heritage Alliance). Adding value: Third Sector partnerships in heritage-led regeneration looks at examples of heritage-led regeneration, with focus on the mechanisms that made them reality. It considers the role of the third sector within mainstream regeneration agendas and outlines recommendations to improve partnership working across the different sectors. The report particularly considers how the third sector could contribute most effectively to heritage-led regeneration to help stimulate economic recovery in the current, challenging financial climate: “Acting in the public interest, the third sector can often be of use where the public sector cannot justify the risk, and the private sector sees no return for the risk…All sectors are finding access to funding increasingly difficult. However, by working together, playing to the strengths of each sector and seeking out innovative partnership mechanisms to effectively share the risks and ownership over the life of a project, it will be possible to continue to move forward.” For the full report see DOC below. posted 09.03.10 This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Civic Society Initiative to launch as Civic Voice

The Alliance strongly supports a voice that can bring local societies into national policy-making, and that can co-ordinate this huge resource, whose remit includes the historic environment. Voluntary groups, local authorities, parish and town councils, businesses and individuals are eligible to join. The benefits of membership are set out in the DOC link below. Civic Voice is also looking for eight Trustees including a Chair and Treasurer with applications requested by 14 March. posted 09.03.10 This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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New archive of artworks set against the Troubles in N.I.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) has developed a new online archive covering artworks created against the backdrop of the troubles. ACNI is inviting feedback on any significant gaps in the archive. posted 02.03.10 with thanks to ArtsProfessional for this news item



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Hunt and Vaizey: Shadow DCMS outlines plans for future of the arts

In The Future of the Arts with a Conservative Government, the shadow DCMS sets out its plans for how to “provide coherent and sustained support for the arts.” The paper outlines Hunt and Vaizey’s approach to the sector based on three core principles: securing long term funding for the arts based on the mixed economy and ‘arm’s length principle’; the promotion of excellence in the arts; and enjoyment of the arts by as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds. The paper reaffirms the commitments the party has made to restoring the Lottery to its four core aims (the arts, heritage, sport and charities); reforming the rules surrounding philanthropy to make giving easier (including reforming the acceptance in lieu scheme and Gift Aid procedure); and reducing the administration costs of the main arts funding organisations. In reference to the proposal to establish a joint Museums and Heritage Bill, the shadow DCMS states: “We will introduce a Museums and Heritage Bill which will establish a new administrative status for non-departmental public bodies within the cultural and heritage sectors. This will recognise their role as public organisations with responsibility to steward the nation’s assets. But it will also allow them the independence to be truly effective and entrepreneurial fundraising bodies. They must have both the ability and responsibility to raise money both for capital projects and also for endowments to give them funding security over the long term.” posted 02.03.10 This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Heritage and Conservation Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme

“The Clore Leadership Programme is currently inviting applications for a Fellowship from exceptional candidates working in heritage and conservation with the potential to take on significant leadership roles.” The closing date for applications is 12 March. Further info at weblink below. posted 25.02.10 with thanks to John Vincent at Network News



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Taking the Lead: Youth Leadership Theory and Practice

The Youth of Today is delighted to launch a new report: Taking the lead: Youth leadership in theory and practice. The report is accessible by clicking here. The report was authored by Lauren Kahn, Sarah Hewes and Rushanara Ali of the Young Foundation. Taking the lead critically investigates youth leadership, bringing together experts’ views and best practice from around the world. Drawing on a large body of evidence, Taking the lead offers valuable lessons for both practitioners and policymakers. posted 25.02.10



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Young Dance Ambassadors Scheme

England's first National Young Dance Ambassadors scheme has been launched with the announcement of its seven new representatives. See link below for more information.



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Family Friendly shortlist announced.

Kids in Museums have announced the shortlisted six from over 200 applications. And it’s smelly, dirty, messy, noisy and very tasty. Here's the shortlist: Beningbrough Hall & Gardens, York Great North Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne Herbert Museum & Art Gallery, Coventry Highland Folk Museum, Newtownmore Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent St Nicholas Priory, Exeter



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Family Learning Training for Museums, Libraries and Archives

New network and training courses for family learning practitioners across museums, libraries and archives to promote new learning opportunities for families. Over 3,000 museums, libraries and archives have pledged their support for the new informal adult learning movement set out in the Learning Revolution White Paper. This represents a tremendous commitment to support adults to learn throughout life. The research is now clear about the benefits of family learning for both adult and child and its significance in strengthening family life. posted 04.02.10



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MLA funds empty shops to engage local community

Empty town centre shops in Taunton and Blackburn will be transformed into creative and learning centres to actively involve local people and encourage people into informal learning. see DOC link below for more info. posted 03.02.10



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Funding for 2012 community events

The Community Celebrations Legacy Trust are seeking expressions of interest from artists/producers across the UK interested in developing large scale outdoor arts projects in 2012. posted 01.02.10 see DOC link below for more info.



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Public recapture museum treasures

Members of the British public will be given the opportunity to rediscover the wealth of treasures in the country's museums as part of a new outreach project. 'Britain Loves Wikipedia’, which is being held by the Museums and Libraries Association (MLA) in association with Wikimedia UK, hopes to introduce new audiences to the cultural collections held within British institutions. People will then be able to upload information on the items onto Wikipedia, so as to raise awareness of the global artifacts held in the UK. posted 01.02.10 see DOC link below for more info



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North West Audience development agency events

All About Audiences, the new audience development agency for the North West, is holding a series of events to meet the cultural organisations that it supports. Meetings will take place throughout February and March. posted 01.02.10



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Libraries and community health

The MLA has commissioned a major new project looking at the contribution public libraries are making to the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve. Interviews commence in January, findings expect to be published in May 2010. posted 28.01.10 with thanks to John Vincent at Network News.



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MLA to hold free best practice workshops

People working in the cultural heritage sector are being invited to attend a series of workshops aimed at improving best practice in museums. The free events are being organised by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and will be held over February and March. Areas of focus will include budgets, teams, collaborations and new business models, all with the aim of developing and encouraging 'innovative … and sustainable services for all'. click on DOC link below for more info. posted 26.01.10



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New Third Sector Interactive Tool is Launched

An interactive website, Oneplace, has been launched to provide information on the outcome of the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) in all top tier local authority areas. The CAA will act as a new independent rolling assessment of how well local public bodies are working in partnership to deliver public services, local priorities and achieve improved outcomes for their communities. The information made available on the Oneplace website will prove an important tool for the third sector as it will allow its members to hold local public bodies to account and raise important issues relating to partnership working in local areas. posted 21.01.10 see DOC link below for oneplace.



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Opening up churches for wider community use: toolkit published

On 19 November over 200 people from across the country attended the Community Development Approach to the Use of Church Buildings conference in Hereford. The main event was the launch of a new toolkit, which takes churches through the process of opening up their church for wider community use. This was commissioned by the Diocese of Hereford, with input from the Shropshire Rural Community Council and Herefordshire Council. A DVD is also available, which features residents from four Hereford villages discussing the successful projects in their historic churches and how they made them work. To download the Toolkit and all the presentations click on Doc below or visit downloadable publications in the Our Place Resource section. posted 19.01.10 This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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DCMS slated over participation targets

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has strongly criticised the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for the way it set public participation targets in 2005 without proper evaluation. The report found the DCMS targets to increase the number of visitors to historic environment sites from three ‘priority groups’ (those with a limiting disability, those from lower socio-economic groups and those from black and minority ethnic groups) to be “unrealistic and set without clear evidence how they would be achieved." The report goes on to recommend that EH should take action to reverse the decline in educational visits to its own sites, develop an action plan to increase the diversity of its workforce and, specifically for cathedrals, DCMS and EH “should work together to find ways to fund their conservation so that they can be less reliant on charging for entry, which could deter people from visiting”. for full report see link below. posted 19.01.10 This news item came from the Heritage Alliance (formerly Heritage Link) fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Campaign for Flexible Family tickets.

Kids in Museums launched their Family Ticket Watch today. This is a consultation with families funded by the DCFS and supported by the DCMS to find out how unsatisfactory is the usual 2+2 family ticket offer.



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MLA Introduces Diversity Scheme

A new board secondment scheme has been introduced by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) to promote diversity among decision makers in British arts and culture. The move is designed to bring in the knowledge and experience of under-represented groups within UK society. It will also enable secondees to gain experience by working on the board and develop a personal capacity for the decision-making process in the arts. Andrew Motion, chair of the MLA, said: 'It is vital that museums, libraries and archives are fully representative of their communities, not just as a matter of principle, but also to continue to widen participation in order to remain sustainable and relevant and attract and welcome a more diverse audience and workforce. Boards and trustees have a key role to play in achieving this objective. 'The MLA stands to greatly benefit from … fresh perspectives and experiences. Schemes like this can contribute in helping to diversify the membership of culture and arts boards.' So far, the board has welcomed two new members to its team, Ms Subnum Hariff and Dr. Atul K Shah. posted 14.01.10 news from www.creative-choices.co.uk



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Engage Conference record now on line.

Recordings, notes and photos from the last Conference are now available on the engage website below.



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Museums/Inclusion/Engagement

In December, Museumsetc. held a conference in London entitled Museums | Inclusion | Engagement. It turned out to be a unique sharing of experience between leading museum professionals and an influential international audience. The content of the conference is now available on CD. See the DOC link below for more information. posted 11.01.10 (thanks to Our Place Member Tracy-Ann for this news).



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HCA launches new place-making workshops

A new free flexible electronic toolkit, Train&Sustain, from Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) provides trainers with materials to give audiences a good understanding of place-making and practical examples of how to make communities more sustainable. The toolkit includes bite-sized information that describes different aspects of place-making; a workshop presentation sufficient to support a one-hour, half-day or full-day workshop; supporting information including learning activities, case studies, audio and video; and downloadable guides that provide advice on how to use the toolkit and background information about place-making. The resource enables trainers to construct a variety of learning activities, and to tailor the contents and structure to suit different audiences. The material can be adapted to reflect different localities by adding local case studies, information about specific organisations or other relevant resources. see DOC link below for access to Train and Sustain. posted 11.01.10 This news item came from the Heritage Link fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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HLF Skills for the Future: one off opportunity open until 19 March

kills for the Future will fund projects which provide paid training placements to meet a skills gap in the heritage sector, and support trainees to learn practical skills. It will fund traditional conservation training and also the skills needed to engage people with heritage. This could include the skills to deliver education, community participation or volunteering programmes, or to use new media and technology to open up heritage. HLF welcomes applications from organisations which can deliver training opportunities in heritage that are additional to current or recent provision. Partnerships – for example of community and voluntary organisations, professional bodies and learning and training providers – can also apply. Priority will be given to not-for-profit organisations. If private sector organisations are involved, HLF expects the public benefit to be greater than any private gain. There is only one opportunity to apply to Skills for the Future. The closing date is 19 March 2010. Awards will be made in May 2010. You can now register and apply online. see link below. posted 11.01.10 This news item came from the Heritage Link fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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The Heritage Alliance: Heritage Link steps up campaigning

A new name The Heritage Alliance, supported by members at the AGM on 2 December makes public the definite shift in Heritage Link’s focus, towards a more outward looking and campaigning body. See Link below for the new Heritage Link manifesto. Loyd Grossman, taking over the Chairmanship recommended to members that Heritage Link could use a name that more accurately reflected the changing nature of the organisation. Simple, obvious and more forceful, the new name illustrates members’ greater determination to work together more effectively and to be heard more loudly. The legal requirements will be completed in the New Year but from now on Heritage Update is the name of their fortnightly ebulletin. posted 11.01.10 This news item came from the Heritage Link fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Museums Deliver

Title of new report from the National Museums Directors Conference. Highlights working in partnership, local communities and cites examples across the country. See below for full report. posted 07.01.10



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Embedding Shared Heritage

Report from the Mayor of London's Heritage Diversity task force. Published in November 09, it includes reflections on diversity from heritage and museum leaders, and is a legacy of the Mayor's commission on African and Asian Heritage report. posted 07.01.10



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Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust – England

“The Trust has re-opened for grant applications and will make grants of up to £250,000 in the areas of social welfare, arts and heritage. The Trust seeks to support projects including: improving the prospects of young people, refugees and asylum seekers and integrating different social and ethnic groups. The Trust will usually only support registered charities in England, although applications may sometimes be considered from other parts of the UK if the project is of nationwide significance.” posted 18.12.09 thanks to John Vincent of Network News for this article.



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New Research on Writing

New National Literacy Trust research finds that social networking sites and blogs may provide educational benefits for children and young people, such as greater confidence and a more positive attitude towards writing. posted 18.12.09



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Partners in Literacy

National Literacy Trust initiative Family Reading Matters has changed its name to ‘Partners in Literacy’ to better reflect the equal importance of writing, speaking and listening, as well as reading. Partners in Literacy works to improve outcomes for families through local coordination. The new name was developed out of consultation with the project’s pilot local authorities and will help partners better understand the methodology of the project.



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HLF to fund paid traineeships

People hoping to embark on a career in cultural heritage have been given a boost this week. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched a £5 million cash pot under its Skills for the Future programme to help finance up to 1,000 paid traineeships in the sector across the UK. According to HLF, the funding will support training in an array of skills needed in the industry including the use of new media and technology. 'More than ever in these difficult times, HLF wants to focus on offering people skills that will give them a future career and at the same time meet the needs of the sector. I believe passionately that heritage can play a significant part in the UK’s economic recovery,' said HLF chair Dame Jenny Abramsky. 'This £5 million commitment will ensure our heritage is protected for the future and represents a hugely exciting chance to attract people who might not usually consider a career in the heritage sector.' Organisations have until March 19th 2010 to apply for the funding. Winning bids will be announced in May next year. posted 10.12.09 news from creative-choices.co.uk



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Black Children's Achievement programme evaluation

Evaluation carried out by the Institute for Policy Studies in Education at London Metropolitan University for DCSF, and which has had some media coverage – particularly as it found evidence of: * “Lack of awareness or concern among staff about Black children’s underachievement and the need to address it; * Institutional factors/processes including negative teacher attitudes / expectations and stereotypical thinking about the ability of Black children serves to undermine teacher ability to raise Black children’s attainment at an individual and group level. It also hinders their ability to view raising Black children’s attainment either as essential or a key aspect of race equality; * Difficulties in challenging negative attitudes and prejudice among school staff …” [p2] posted 07.12.09 with thanks to John Vincent at Network News for this article



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Museums and Restitution - Deadline for Papers 11th Dec.

Museums and Restitution International Conference 8-9 July 2010, University of Manchester Deadline for abstracts: *Friday 11th December 2009* Museums and Restitution is a two-day international conference organised by the Centre for Museology and The Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester. The conference examines the issue of restitution in relation to the changing role and authority of the museum, focussing on new ways in which these institutions are addressing the subject. It will bring together museum professionals and academics from a wide range of fields (including museology, archaeology, anthropology, art history and cultural policy) to share ideas on contemporary approaches to restitution from the viewpoint of museums. For more information see link below.



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Taking Part - Children's engagement with Culture

DCMS have published the latest data from the Taking Part national survey. The report looks at childrens engagement and non-engagement in culture, leisure and sport. Download the full report from the DCMS website below. posted 30.11.09



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Women to Watch nominees called for

The Cultural Leadership Programme is calling on organisations to put forward nominations for its Women To Watch list. Senior creative figures from across the UK are being asked to recommend women who have already made a significant impact on the creative world and have the potential to go all the way to the top. Chairman of the programme David Kershaw said: 'The inaugural list of Women to Watch will not only give a new generation of women the confidence to aim higher but also serve as a challenge to cultural organisations and creative businesses that need to improve in this area.' Women who work in a range of creative sectors, including advertising, literature, music, visual arts, cultural heritage, craft and design, are all eligible for the competition. The list is expected to be unveiled in March 2010 to mark International Women's Day. Heads have until January 29th 2010 to put forward nominations, which can be submitted either online or by post.



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Changes to Grants for the Arts (ACE funding programme)

Grants for the Arts (GFA), Art's Council England will not be accepting new applications for a period of six weeks (18 Jan to 26 Feb 2010) due to improvements to the arts application process. Key changes include – submitting applications online from 1 March 2010, small grants will increase to £10k (from £5k) and be assessed within 6 weeks, and larger grants will continue to be assessed within 12 weeks. click on DOC link below for more information. posted 26.11.09



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Involving young people in Public Space

Young people are often overlooked in community engagement, but Cabe's Spaceshaper 9-14 project aims to get them involved in improving their local parks, streets, playgrounds and other spaces.



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Inquiry into young people not in education, employment or training

The Children, Schools and Families Committee has announced an inquiry into young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). Written submissions are invited. These should address the following points: * Strategies for the identification of young people at risk of falling into the “NEET” category * Services and programmes to support those most at risk of becoming “NEET”, and to reduce the numbers and address the needs of those who have become persistently “NEET” * The effectiveness of the Government’s NEET strategy * The likely impact of raising the participation age on strategies for addressing the needs of young people not in education, employment or training * The opportunities and future prospects in education, training and employment for 16-18 year olds. The Committee is asking for written submissions by noon on Wednesday 16 December 2009.



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Calouste Gaulbenkian Call for Intergenerational Projects

As part of its Ageing & Social Cohesion programme, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (CGF) is looking to award 20 projects up to £30,000 each to develop intergenerational pilot projects seeking to “Address a 21st Century Challenge”. This stream of funding is looking to support projects that aim to improve social cohesion through three key strands; Environment, Migration and Intercultural issues, and Isolation and Loneliness. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 30th November 2009. Further information, Briefing Document and Application Form are available on the website link below. posted 18.11.09 with thanks to John Vincent at Network News for this article. posted 01.10.09



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The impacts of recession on culture in the UK

Arts Quarter LLP has launched the findings of its 2nd Survey into the affects of the current recession on the UK cultural and wider not for profit sectors. The report compares and contrasts these latest findings to those of the first survey conducted by AQ earlier in 2009. Request your free copy of the document by emailing info@artsquarter.co.uk with the subject line 2nd Recession Report Request. Or click on link below posted 16.11.09 sourced from Audiences London



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Not-for-profit fundraising more challenging than ever

The Management Centre interviewed 126 leading fundraising directors and sector experts across the world about the impact of the financial crisis on the not-for profit sector. 50% of respondents reported a decline in income over the past year, and only 33% saw an increase. www.managementcentre.co.uk posted 12.11.09



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New Audience Development Agency in the NW

Arts About Manchester and the Audience Alliance are joining together to create a new audience development agency for the North West. Supporting arts and cultural organisations across the regions. www.aam.org.uk posted 12.11.09



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New investment in Apprenticeships

Up to 1,125 new Apprenticeship places will be available for 16-24 year olds to train for a career in the creative and cultural industries from April 2010 (announced by the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills following secured investment). The programme will help tackle the predicted skills shortage in the sector and will make it easier for small businesses to take on an Apprentice. posted 26.10.09



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New research published on museum role in communities

New research has been published on the role of museums in communities. The publication presents findings of research which was commissioned by Museums Galleries Scotland to explore the purpose of five museums and look at how they engage with their communities. The museums who took part in the research are Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, Aberdeenshire; Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore; Ionad Naomh Moluag on the Isle of Lismore; St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire Museums Service. The research findings demonstrate the significant impact that these museums are having on their local communities and the report provides robust evidence of the ways in which they help to build up physical, human, social, economic, and cultural capital in their surrounding area. Among the themes emerging from the research are the participation by museums in community action and the innovation displayed through their service delivery. The research also sheds light on a truly enterprising third sector. Museums Galleries Scotland will use the findings to highlight the integral role that museums have on Scotland’s communities. For further information visit: http://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/news-2/news-article/247/new-research-published-on-museum-role-in-communities posted 26.10.09 This news item came from the Heritage Link fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk


The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom: Membership

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LotC) is now open for membership in advance of its first AGM on 2 December. Membership is available to both individuals and organisations. The Council oversees the LOtC Quality Badge and is pushing forward the whole initiative. Members will now be in a position to influence the direction the Council takes for the future. For more information visit: http://www.lotc.org.uk/ posted 26.10.09 his news item came from the Heritage Link fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Learning Festival gets Underway

The Festival kick starts a new movement that will support a culture of lifelong learning. Throughout October museums, libraries and archives across the country demonstrate the value of learning for personal development and the benefits it brings to individuals, families, businesses and communities. for more information click on DOC below posted 8.10.09



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MLA CPD Programme

This national Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme is providing opportunities to gain further skills, knowledge and experience to enable the cultural sector to deliver quality programmes for children and young people. A range of CPD one-day courses and other activities are on offer to museum and archive educators and other cultural sector and children and young peoples sector professionals, to strengthen the role of museums, galleries and archives in the delivery of the Childrens Agenda. The CPD programme is part of the MLA programme funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Children, Schools & Families (DCSF) through Strategic Commissioning. It works alongside other Strategic Commissioning programmes, including Campaign! Make an Impact, Take One Picture, National Science Network, Learning Links and a national Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme. For more information click on DOC below. posted 06.10.09 This news item came from the Heritage Link fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010

The EU Commission has designated 2010 as the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. EY2010 aims to raise public awareness of the importance of combating poverty and social exclusion for personal, social and economic development. It will aim to give a voice to those who experience poverty and social exclusion. There are calls for proposals to cover the main activities of 2010. These fall into three areas: * Regional Activities * Thematic Programmes * Technical Assistance. * Calls for proposals The deadline for submission of proposals is 5pm on 15 October 2009. with thanks to John Vincent at Network News for this article. posted 01.10.09



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New Publication - Inspiring Action: Museums and Social Change I

In this new book, leading museum professionals contribute practical and inspiring essays on how their institutions are responding to the new social challenges of the 21st century. The case studies in this book share pioneering museum experience from the USA, Europe, Australia and Africa. They explore the theory and practice of building social inclusion into museum and gallery programmes. These case studies are powerful, often moving - and an inspiration to action. Copies may be ordered online click on DOC below. posted 01.10.09 This news item came from the Heritage Link fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Closing Date Coming For Environmental Awards

Theres only a month left for businesses, schools, councils and charities to enter a prestigious competition offering cash prizes for great green initiatives. The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2010 close to initial applications on 27 October. news from www.j4bcommunity.co.uk posted 01.10.09



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: Yorkshire Community Technology Project Announced

Kirklees Council has launched an innovative new technology project that aims to bring communities together. The council will be working with London-based centre for social innovation, The Young Foundation, on project Local 2.0. The project will be based in a community in Kirklees to be announced later. thanks to www.J4Bcommunity.co.uk for news posted 01.10.10 for further information click below for Young Foundation Web 2.0 site.



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Heritage Question Time

If you got the chance what would you ask the leaders of the country's biggest heritage organisations? What do you think their priorities should be? English Heritage are offering you the chance to join Heritage Question Time at The Royal Institute of British Architecture on Wednesday 21 October. Panel members will include Baroness Andrews, Chair of English Heritage, Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust, and Jenny Abramski, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund. With the debate chaired by BBC Radio 4's Martha Kearney. Click on link below to submit your question and apply for free tickets. posted 21.09.09



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New Charity Website Launched

See the Difference site aims to raise 250 million for charities using short films. The site intends to establish a video library about charities work allowing the public to view how their projects are run. Registered charities will be able to upload their videos to the site enabling users to search the films before deciding whether to make a donation. The site will be up and running this year but will be formally launched in 2010. It is expected to meet its 250 million target within five years. Donations can be made to the site using a service operated by Virgin Money Giving. The founder of the See the Difference, Dominic Vallely, said: By having all charities together in one place and showing users what theyre up to, people will be able to decide and understand where they put their money and how it will be used. For further information visit the See the Difference website (click below) posted 10.09.09



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Big Lottery Publishes Long-Term Strategy

The Big Lottery Fund has revealed its plans up to 2015 following the results of its biggest ever public consultation. BIG has published two documents in the aftermath of their major consultation held from November 2008 to February 2009, which saw 3,500 responses to an online survey. "Big Thinking our Strategic Framework to 2015" and "What You Told Us" have been released simultaneously to allow readers to see how the responses to the consultation informed the new strategy. "Big Thinking" outlines the principles which will inform BIGs approach to funding in the UK for the next six years. It underpins BIGs mission and vision to deliver real help to communities and people, and is based around three crucial UK-wide themes community learning and creating opportunity, promoting community cohesion and safety, and promoting well-being. Future funding programmes will be structured on the new framework and will aim to fulfil BIGs ambition to be an efficient and responsive funder. "What You Told Us" is an analysis to the responses to the consultation both from online surveys and regional and national meetings. The document informs the Strategic Framework to 2015 and demonstrates the transparency of the consultation process. To view Big Thinking our Strategic Framework to 2015 see: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/index/about-uk/bigthinking/strategic_framework_2015.htm To view What You Told Us see http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/wytu_consultation_findings.pdf Source: Big Lottery, 04/09/2009



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j4bCommunity FULL and FREE access for a limited period

Whether you are an amateur local sports club needing new kit, an arts organisation looking to stage a festival, or a local charity looking to provide volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people, get FULL details on the government grants, Lottery schemes and local authority funds on offer to help your group carry out their vital projects. Free until 30th September. posted 03.09.09



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Communitybuilders Fund Eligibility Criteria Confirmed

Adventure Capital Fund (ACF) has confirmed the criteria for the soon-to-be launched Communitybuilders Fund with the Office of the Third Sector (OTS) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG). The Communitybuilders Fund is a 70 million investment programme to facilitate a commitment made by the Government to build more cohesive, empowered and active communities. posted 03.09.09 from J4B community Funding Newsletter



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5.5 million fund allocated to help close widening generation gap through volunteering

Twelve projects across England have been awarded grants as part of a 5.5 million cross-Government scheme to promote intergenerational volunteering and encourage meaningful interaction between young and old generations. The Generations Together campaign aims to break down barriers between young people and older people and help them engage with each other on equal terms through mutually beneficial voluntary projects. The projects will bring together young people and other members of the community to build trust and understanding, develop community solutions to issues which concern both groups, promote health and wellbeing and resolve tensions by helping to address negative perceptions of young and older people alike. Funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office, the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions, the scheme, which is also supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government, invited bids from all English local authorities involving third sector organisations. The 12 winning bids will establish volunteer projects which build positive connections across local communities between young and old people. Successful initiatives range from plans to use Portsmouths nautical and maritime heritage to bring together older and young people in a series of programmes and events to programmes addressing widening gaps in tolerance between young and older people in Wakefield. For more information visit link below. This news item came from the Heritage Link fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Social Change Awards

From the Directory of Social Change, these awards celebrate the passionate individuals and effective organisations committed to making a positive impact on society. The four award categories are: Everyday Impact Award, Influencer Award, Investing in Social Change Award and the Public Body Award. For full details visit www.socialchangeawards.org.uk. posted 20.08.09



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GUARDIAN FAMILY FRIENDLY MUSEUM AWARDS

Deadline for nominations is the 28th August. posted 19.08.09



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Renaissance in the Regions Review

The Review has just been published, and is available along with MLAs response (http://www.mla.gov.uk/what/programmes/renaissance/~/media/Files/pdf/2009/MLA_Renaissance_Response_final) and MLAs Action Plan (http://www.mla.gov.uk/what/programmes/renaissance/~/media/Files/pdf/2009/MLA_Museum_ActionPlan_final). The Action Plan is particularly key, as it sets out MLAs 10 Actions to be taken to implement the Reviews recommendations, including: Working with Arts Council England, English Heritage, Sport England and others, MLA will help to shape the contribution of the sector to regional policies, particularly the role that museums, alongside libraries and archives, have to play in place-making and building strong communities. [p11] posted 12.08.09 with thanks to John Vincent at Network News.



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Stories old and new: migration and identity in the UK heritage sector

New report from ippr for the Migration Museum Working Group, available to download from the webpage link below. This paper makes the case for representation of migration in the heritage sector. posted 12.08.09 with thanks to John Vincent at Network News for this item.



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Hardship Fund opens for applications

Building on the 42.5 million package of measures in the Government's Real Help for Communities Action Plan, the Hardship Fund offers an additional 16.7 million of support for third sector organisations in England delivering front line services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society. The Hardship Fund offers grants between 50,000 and 250,000 to third sector organisations that are suffering financial hardship that is impacting on their ability to deliver front line services in health and social care, housing support, education and training and advice, information and guidance. To apply, organisations must have a turnover of 200,000 a year or more. The Hardship Fund will be administered by the Community Development Foundation (CDF). More information about how to apply and the guidance notes for applicants can be found on the CDF website: http://www.cdf.org.uk/web/guest/hardship-fund posted 12.08.09 This news item came from the Heritage Link fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Learning by doing: how can museums best inspire and engage young people

The National Museums Directors Conference (NMDC), IPPR North and Tyne & Wear Museums are organising a conference on 12 October to explore issues raised by the report Learning to Live: Museums, Education and Young People. The event, Learning by doing: how can museums best inspire and engage young people - A Northern perspective will be attended by policymakers and practitioners from education, youth services, and museums as well as young people and the community and voluntary sector. It will be held at the Discovery Museum, with speakers including Paul Collard of Culture, Creativity Education, Janice Lane, Glasgow Museums and Sport, Baroness Estelle Morris and Sue Wilkinson, MLA. For conference details visit: http://www.ippr.org/ipprnorth/events/?id=3632. To view the Learning to Live report visit: http://www.nationalmuseums.org.uk/news/?item=learning-live-museums-young-people-and-education posted 12.08.09



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Investment boost for Stories of the World and other Cultural Olympiad Projects

There is plenty of excitement for Culture and the Olympics with news of a 16 million investment boost from the Olympic Lottery Distributor to fund six of the Cultural Olympiad Major Projects. posted 26.07.09



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New Chair for the Cultural Olympiad Board

Tony Hall, the Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House has been appointed to LOCOG's Board of Directors. He will also Chair a new Cultural Olympiad Board (see below for Tony's blog) and its first members include Jude Kelly, Alan Davey, Vicky Heywood, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Munira Mirza, Mark Thompson and Sir Nicholas Serota. posted 26.07.09



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CBA releases Community Heritage Toolkit

A new resource for community archaeology and heritage groups has just been made available via the CBA's award-winning Community Archaeology Forum (CAF): see link below, also available in Our Place Resources. The Community Heritage Toolkit was created by Rosie Crook of Working Heritage and derives from a workshop entitled 'Whose Heritage is it Anyway?' which was co-organised by the CBA and English Heritage in Castleford. The Heritage Toolkit contains numerous step-by-step suggestions of fun, interesting and affordable ways of engaging groups and communities with their local heritage, including using oral history and film, exploring old photographs, making an A-Z gazetteer of your local area, and even excavating molehills! Users are welcome to suggest other similar ideas. The Toolkit, which forms part of the suite of Advice and Guidance pages available through CAF is the latest addition to the growing website. As well as providing advice and signposting visitors to potential sources of funding, CAF is also a place where groups can publicise their own projects and activities by creating their own pages. posted 25.07.09 news item courtesy of Heritage Link



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Evaluation of the Cultural Pathfinder Programme in Scotland

The Cultural Pathfinder Programme in Scotland was developed by the then Scottish Executive (now Scottish Government) as a way of supporting local authorities and their partners to explore ways of widening access to, and participation in, cultural activities across diverse communities. The Programme supported 13 projects across Scotland and was intended to generate useful learning that could be shared across the local authority, Community Planning Partnership and cultural sectors to inform future planning and delivery. [p v] The evaluation report has just been published. It shows that the work (which included projects that involved museums and libraries) did allow contact with communities that, previously, had not engaged with cultural activities. posted 13.07.09 thanks to John Vincent at www.seapn.org.uk



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Time Running Out for Friendship Grants

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for support from BBC Children in Needs Fun and Friendship Grants programme. Applications to the new 3 million fund, which aims to promote friendship and fun for youngsters with disabilities, must be made by 31 July. news from j4bcommunityfunding posted 08.07.09



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The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) has unveiled its new funding strategy for the next six years

Following on from the Big Thinking consultation in the Autumn of 2008, which asked stakeholders and the general public how they thought the Big Lottery budget should be spent, the BLF has announced its new funding strategy. The strategy includes an extra 45 million to help charities hard-hit by the recession and a pledge to give at least 80% of its money to voluntary and community organisations. The 45 million recession package will be distributed this financial year and will include cash injections for existing funding programmes such as the Reaching Communities scheme, Basis and Awards for All. In addition to extra money being made available, the BLF have also outlined new priorities and directions for their grant-making, with projects that reduce isolation and promote community cohesion and front-line services now at the very top of their agenda. Voluntary sector leaders have given the new funding strategy a mixed reception. Ralph Michell, head of policy at Acevo, welcomed the changes and the extra money claiming, The sector is going through a difficult time and needs all the help it can get. Navcas Kevin Curley and NCVOs Stuart Etherington, however, were less impressed and urged the BLF to increase its grant-making to voluntary organisations to 100%, citing the current economic climate, which has led to the slashing of available local authority grants and the creation of a difficult environment in which to fundraise, as a key motivation for such action. Source: Big Lottery Fund 25/06/09 posted 01.07.09


MLA to complete integration with creation of London team

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has announced that, following agreement with the Mayor of London's Office, it will complete its national transformation with the creation of a regional team for London to be operational from April 2010. Trustees of MLA London have agreed to support the changes and move to wind-up the last remaining regional MLA agency. The changes will enable MLA staff supporting the sector in London to focus on core functions of driving improvement, providing advice and brokerage, advocating on behalf of the sector and its users, and levering in additional funding, while enabling MLA to reduce further its overhead costs. The changes have been agreed following an independent review of MLA's investment in the capital, which recognised the Mayor of London's statutory responsibility for culture and his power to appoint the chair of MLA London. The review also recognised the successes of MLA London and its staff in developing the London Cultural Improvement Programme in partnership with the other cultural agencies, the London boroughs, Government Office for London, and Capital Ambition, as well as other innovative programmes on adult skills and economic impact, and its ability to draw in funding for the sector from key stakeholders including the London Development Agency. The new structure also proposes a London sub-group of MLA's Board to focus on the delivery of priorities for the Capital. Following its reorganisation last year, the MLA is already operating across the country in three other area teams covering the North, West and East, each headed by a Director of Engagement, supported by a Regional Manager and a small team of Area Engagement Advisors. For more information visit http://www.mla.gov.uk/news_and_views/press/releases/2009/MLA_London


New website launched as the UK gears up for the Festival of British Archaeology

The Council for British Archaeology has launched a new Festival of British Archaeology website. The countdown has begun to this annual event, described by the CBA as an extravaganza of heritage-related activities, taking place between 18 July and 2 August. The 2008 Festival drew an estimated 260,000 visitors, prompting expectations that this year may see more than 300,000 turn out throughout the fortnight. The new website puts the public directly in touch with the archaeology happening in their area through a handy Google Maps facility. Users can enter their postcode and display the excavations, guided walks, re-enactments, demonstrations, lectures and more, and then download directions, times and any additional information. Those interested as either an organiser or a visitor can sign up to an eNewsletter and an RSS feed, keeping them in touch both in the run-up to the Festival, and afterwards as plans for take shape for 2010. Visit the new website here: www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk posted 26.06.09 This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


MLA 100,000 fund open for informal learning

Groups may apply for grants of up to 5,000 to use museum, library and archives spaces in innovative ways A new Challenge Fund to promote adult informal learning is now available to museums, libraries and archive venues in England. The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) is looking for partnership bids with self-organised groups of adult learners to support them in the use of our spaces and resources in new ways. The deadline for applications is noon on 17 July 2009. All applications to the MLA Informal Adult Learning Challenge Fund 2009-2010 must be made on the application form available on the MLA website www.mla.gov.uk Applicants must have demonstrated their commitment to the new informal adult learning movement announced in the Learning Revolution White Paper by signing the Learning Revolution pledge. To sign up to the pledge visit the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) website http://www.dius.gov.uk/skills/engaging_learners/informal_adult_learning/pledge If you would like to check your eligibility or have any specific queries regarding your eligibility or the application process, please contact Chris Fardon chris.fardon@mla.gov.uk posted 23.06.09



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Applications Open for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's 2010 Access to Learning Award

(Source: email from Bruce Royan to lis-pub-libs) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently accepting applications to its annual Access to Learning Award (ATLA), which recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries and similar institutions outside the United States to connect people to information and opportunities through free access to computers and the Internet. Applications are open to institutions outside the United States that are working with disadvantaged communities. To be eligible, the applying institution must allow all members of the public to use computers and the Internet free of charge in a community space. Applications for the 2010 Access to Learning Award must be submitted via an online submission process by October 31, 2009. The application form is available only in English and must be completed in English to be eligible for consideration. However, while applications must be submitted in English, the foundation does offer informational brochures in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. You may find these and additional information on eligibility requirements and the process of selection at: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/ATLA. Thanks to John Vincent at network news for this item. www.seapn.org.uk


Refugee Week: Different Pasts, Shared Futures

For information about events for refugee week see the website: wwww.refugeeweek.org.uk running from 15 to 21st June.


MLA Invites Applications for Museum Apprenticeships

(Source: Renaissance North East E-bulletin - 11 June 2009) MLA has pledged funding for up to 50 apprenticeships in museums across England over the next two years as part of the Creative Apprenticeship developed by Creative & Cultural Skills. Designed to open up entry routes into museums, the new funding will provide 5,000 for each year of the apprentices employment. They will ensure young people from a range of backgrounds are given the opportunity to work in the sector and will help forge stronger links with local communities. For further information and to apply visit www.ccskills.org.uk/Qualifications/CreativeApprenticeships/tabid/82/Default.aspx or contact Jennie Godsalve at Creative & Cultural Skills on 020 7015 1813 or jennie.godsalve@ccskills.org.uk. posted 15.06.09 with thanks to John Vincent of Network News for this item. www.seapn.org.uk


Heritage, Legacy and Leadership: Ideas and Interventions Report

This report from the Mayor of London's commission on African and Asian Heritage symposium, which took place in February in partnership with The Cultural Leadership Programme is now available to download here.



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Strategies for engaging young adults in the historic environment: HEACS report

HEACS has submitted its final Report and recommendations on strategies for engaging young adults in the historic environment to the Scottish Ministers. This was one of four priority issues on which the Scottish Ministers asked HEACS for advice during its second term (2006-2009). The final report sets out why engaging young adults matters, examines the challenges facing the sector in this area, and recommends a series of strategies. As part of this work, HEACS commissioned Applejuice Consultants to identify case studies of a wide range of projects from the UK, Europe and North America which have successfully engaged young adults in the historic environment. This report was also submitted to the Scottish Ministers. Liz Burns, Chair of HEACS, said: 'We believe these reports will be very useful to the historic environment sector in Scotland. We hope our work will help the sector to recognise the importance of engaging young adults in the historic environment and to focus more on the needs and interests of 16-24 year olds. We look forward to receiving the Minister's response in due course'. The reports can be found here: http://www.heacs.org.uk/newsreleases/2009/youngadults.htm. Comments on the report are welcome and should be sent to the HEACS Secretariat: heacs@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. Back posted 08.06.09 This news item came from the Heritage Link fortnightly e-bulletin. If you wish to receive this information direct then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk


CLG: Empowering local communities to influence local decision making

Despite its current importance to policy makers, community empowerment is not easy to achieve. CLG has therefore reviewed published evidence to draw out key lessons for policy makers and practitioners. It defines empowerment success as having a recognisable impact on participants, on communities and on decision making. The report suggests four steps to making sense of empowerment: understanding your community, understanding the available tools, understanding the challenges. One of the tools it looks at in detail is asset transfer - the mechanism for achieving community ownership or management of public resources. The evidence shows that asset transfer offers a genuine means for achieving popular control over decision making; that it can lead to increased financial investment in an underused or derelict asset. The development of the asset can be a spur for further activities on the part of the community anchor organisation and provide a resource for other community, social or private enterprises to develop their activities. Asset transfer empowers citizens and communities by enabling them to positively influence the development of resources and services for their area. The case study to underline these points is the former coal mining town of Amble in Northumberland. For the report see http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/1241999 posted 08.06.09 This news item came from the fortnightly e-bulletin of Heritage Link. If you wish to receive this first hand then contact mail@heritagelink.org.uk


EH Outreach Department and Heritage Open Days

Following the Civic Trust going into administration, the excellent Heritage Open Days scheme has been saved from an uncertain future by being taken on by English Heritage. From 18th May 2009, the HODs scheme officially became part of English Heritage securing the future of the event which sees over 3500 buildings open for free each September, attracting a million visitors and involving over 35,000 volunteers. The Heritage Open Days team join the EH Outreach team, which is the natural home of the scheme as the regional Outreach Managers spend 50% of their time working to take the scheme into new areas and encouraging people to open up properties and run activities that represent Englands diverse histories. EH is looking forward to making the 2009 event as successful as ever. posted 29.05.09


Grants Increase Access To Nature

Two major environmental projects are to share more than 2 million funding to celebrate the first anniversary of a successful lottery programme. To mark its first year of funding, the 25 million Natural England-run Access to Nature scheme has awarded flagship funding worth 1.2 million to the Woodland Trust to deliver VisitWoods a project aiming to encourage more people to make the most of their local woodlands. posted 28.05.09 Source: j4bcommunity.co.uk


PM congratulates museums for work with young people

Learning to Live: Museums, young people and education is a series of essays commissioned by the National Museum Directors Conference in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr). The past ten years has seen a revolution in museum education. Museums have placed learning at the core of their service to the public and have developed extensive learning programmes, establishing their role as centres of knowledge in the community alongside schools and universities. The publication brings together leading figures from the worlds of culture and education to explore what museums and educators, working with policymakers and delivery bodies such as schools, can and should be doing, both within and beyond the classroom, to inspire greater learning and creativity among all young people. Speaking a reception at No 10 on 18 May, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown agreed the educational benefits of museums were enormous. He said we should be encouraged that what we do is important to the economy, society and the cultural life of the nation, passing on this knowledge to a younger generation and contributing to the quality of life. His comments were endorsed by Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport who spoke about the transformation of museums and galleries over the past ten years in a way that now puts children at the centre of the museum experience. To download a copy visit http://www.nationalmuseums.org.uk/media/documents/publications/learning_to_live.pdf or for the press release see http://www.nationalmuseums.org.uk/news/?item posted 28.05.09 This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Stories of the World launched: Cultural Olympiad

As London prepares to welcome the world in 2012, major museums and libraries across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are preparing to host an unprecedented exploration of our past. Stories of the World, one of the major projects of the four-year London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, is a series of exciting exhibitions that will reconnect museum collections with the people and communities that they came from. Hosted by 59 venues across the UK, the 6 million programme is organised by the Museums and Libraries Association (MLA) in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). The programme will be delivered through 14 partnerships and will generate over 35 exhibitions and events UK-wide. The celebration will inspire young people to dig into the past and dust it down. They will work as curators, finding new ways to present objects and artefacts, discovering untold stories and hidden meanings, and working with museums, libraries and archives to generate a network of innovative exhibitions for 2011 and 2012. To find out more about Stories of the World, visit www.london2012.com/stories-of-the-world posted 18.05.09 This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


ENGAGE: New initiative to support Youth Volunteering and work placements

# Visual Roots is a new initiative run by Engage supporting accredited placements for vulnerable and hard to reach young people in the visual arts. Funding is now available to take part, visit the engage website for full details.



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Plans for more than 5,000 new jobs in culture, music and creative industries unveiled by Andy Burnham and James Purnell

Government plans to create between five and ten thousand new jobs for young people in the culture and creative industries sectors were set out today by Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell and Culture Secretary Andy Burnham. Local councils, third sector groups, arts organisations and creative industry bodies will be able to bid for Government funding for new, innovative jobs. The new jobs are being created as part of the 1.1bn Future Jobs Fund announced in the Budget last month. Plans for the culture and creative sectors will include working with orchestras, arts organisations, heritage bodies and the music industry. The Culture Department is already working with key stakeholders in the cultural sector to put together partnerships that include music and arts leaders; the Heritage Lottery Fund; Arts Council England; the National Museums Directors Conference; the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and many others. posted 18.05.09



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English Heritage rescues Heritage Open Days

English Heritage today (Monday 18th May), took ownership of Heritage Open Days, securing the future of the popular cultural event and reassuring one million participants and 35,000 volunteer organisers by guaranteeing that it will take place this year. English Heritage previously helped the Civic Trust to fund and operate Heritage Open Days, but concern had been raised over the events future since the Civic Trust in England announced that it had gone into administration. Katja Condy, Heritage Open Days Manager, said: When the news of the Civic Trusts demise broke a month ago, the news came as a shock to thousands of volunteers across the country who were already gearing up for another celebration of their local heritage in September. It put a huge question mark over the future of the event. We are greatly relieved that the programme has found a new home and that we can now focus on making the 15th edition of Heritage Open Days another success. posted 18.05.09



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New report offers 'rare insight' into racism suffered by UK Chinese community

A new Government-funded report into levels of racism experienced by members of the UK Chinese community should start a national debate on how best to tackle the problem, Cohesion Minister Sadiq Khan said today. posted 12.05.09 for more information see https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=273781&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674



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ACE to provide 44.5 million to sustain arts through recession

Arts Council England will invest an extra 44.5 million in artists and arts organisations over the next two years to help maintain artistic excellence during the economic downturn. These counter-recessionary measures were announced by Chair Dame Liz Forgan, in a speech at an Arts Council sponsored seminar, Maximising the importance of arts and culture through the economic downturn, today 24 April 2009, in London. The initiatives include: * Sustain a new 40 million open application fund for arts organisations suffering as a result of the recession * 500,000 support for the Town Centres Initiative to enable more artistic activities to take place in empty retail spaces * A 4 million increase in the Grants for the arts budget over the next two years Dame Liz called for public and private funders alike to maintain their levels of investment in the arts, and for artists to see themselves not as victims of the recession but as a key part of its solution. posted 07.05.09



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New Evaluation Resources Pack for Workers and Volunteers published

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Evaluation Resource Pack has been produced to help front-line workers and volunteers in the voluntary sector use creative and participatory methods to evaluate their work. The full pack has been developed with considerable input from projects supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation who have contributed many of the methods for gathering evidence and good practice described in the pack. The pack encourages front line workers and volunteers to think positively about the purposes of evaluation so that they are doing as good a job as possible for those taking part. For more information visit http://www.phf.org.uk/page.asp?id=11 posted 06.05.09


Get It: The power of cultural learning

Get It: The Power of Cultural Learning is published today by the Culture and Learning Consortium, representing Arts Council England, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation, Esme Fairbarn Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Northern Rock Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The report is based on the findings of an extensive public consultation among practitioners working across the cultural and learning sectors, and sets out the groundwork for a new approach to culture and learning in England. The report contains messages of support from many leading cultural figures, including Philip Pullman, Dame Judi Dench, Kevin Spacey, Michael Morpurgo, Sir Nicholas Serota and Tony Hall. The report makes a series of recommendations focused on improving outcomes for children and young people. It calls for joint action from the cultural and education sectors, at national, regional and local level, and from central government and other funders, in order to ensure provision of high-quality, sustainable and equitable cultural learning opportunities to meet the needs, aspirations and talents of all learners. It also asserts that in an economic downturn, funding needs to be protected or ring-fenced to enable cultural learning opportunities to thrive. The publication calls for the recognition of cultural learning as a national priority in education, and for the recognition of education as a national priority for cultural organisations as a basic entitlement and basic skill, of core value in educational, social and emotional attainment for everyone. It aims to underpin existing government initiatives led by Creativity, Culture and Education, the new national agency which runs Creative Partnerships and Find Your Talent. The report is launched today, Monday 27 April 2009, at the Royal Society of Arts in London, with a keynote address by Dr Maggie Atkinson, Group Director, Learning and Children, Gateshead Council, and Immediate Past President of the Association of Directors of Childrens Services. Get It: The Power of Cultural Learning, is not intended as an endpoint, but rather as a platform for further discussion, collaboration and action. The report is downloadable at www.cultureandlearning.org.uk. posted 28.04.09



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BLEARS BACKS REVOLUTION TO RECYCLE BUILDINGS

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has today unveiled a series of measures to back a peoples revolution to recycle buildings by putting real power in the hands of locals to support communities during the downturn and beyond. The tougher economic climate has led to renewed interest in communities maintaining local assets, from post offices to pubs. As part of the Governments empowerment agenda, Ms Blears has announced a new single advice line - 0845 345 4564 - and other Government support to make it easier for people to take control of community assets, from community centres to theatres. Local people have been leading a revolution to recycle buildings for the community, particularly during the downturn. We want to help more local people get their hands on local buildings so they can put them to work for the community. For too long, too many have not even seen it as an option. And when they have it has felt like an endurance test. We want to change the odds in their favour, and for them to know that taking the first step could be a simple phone call. posted 28.04.09



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In the midst of a recession how can we develop cohesive communities?

Have your say about how we can build cohesive communities during a recession in modern day Britain. From today until 6th May 2009, the HCA Academy is hosting the second in the series of online debates. To join the debate click below. The site also contains films and case studies/good practice examples of bringing different community groups together. posted 23.04.09



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(CLG) A bigger role for communities in inspiring young people

Young people will get extra encouragement to unlock their talents as part of a 10m Inspiring Communities initiative, Communities Secretary Hazel Blears announced today. The Government's New Opportunities White Paper argued that social mobility has improved in recent years. Some 600,000 youngsters have been lifted out of poverty in the last decade. The proportion of young people from lower income families going to university has gone up. However, the White Paper also recognised that in some deprived areas, young people are less likely to aim high. They do not always make the link between doing well in education and doing well in life. Low self esteem, low aspirations and limited horizons can act as barriers to success. What happens in schools is crucial to addressing underachievement, but a child's sense of what they can achieve is influenced by factors beyond the school gate. Lack of inspiration or support from friends, families or peers can all play a part. Inspiring Communities is about investing in locally conceived, locally delivered projects that will get whole communities standing behind the talented young people in their midst and make sure that communities play a bigger part in fostering and investing in that talent. for more details see: https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=271165&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674 posted 15.04.09



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Heritage Grants Lead To Bright Future

Six major projects are to share 21 million funding to increase the UKs cultural heritage. A 4.53 million grant for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is one of the initiatives to receive a slice of the Heritage Lottery Funds latest awards. The cash will be used as part of a huge revamp, supported by a further 5 million funding from the Scottish Government, that will double the Edinburgh-based gallerys exhibition space. A further 2.24 million has been offered towards the restoration of Castle Hill and Ranfurly House in Dungannon, Northern Ireland. The Castles two landmark 18th-century Knox Hannyngton towers will be redeveloped, while the Grade B-listed Ranfurly House will be fully refurbished. Other grants include: * 4.76 million to build a new interpretive centre and save more than 1,200 trees in Epping Forest, Essex. * 2.6 million to create Experience Barnsley a new museum and archives centre at the towns Grade II-listed town hall. * 3 million to restore the Grade I-listed St James Priory in Bristol. * 3.79 million to improve the internationally famous gardens at Great Dixter in East Sussex. Announcing the funding fillip, Dame Jenny Abramsky, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: During these tough economic times we still need to enjoy the things which enrich the quality of our daily lives, whether its a beautiful garden, a gallery full of wonderful paintings, or a much loved historic building. This substantial lottery investment demonstrates that heritage is as much about the future as the past. The Heritage Lottery Fund also gave the green light to three other projects the Abbotsford Conservation and Presentation Project; Southampton Sea Museum; and Westonbirt Arboretum. These schemes will receive development funding in order to complete a full scale application within the next couple of years. HLF 30.03.09 posted 15.04.09 source: J4Bcommunity funding newsletter


CLG) Listening to views on race equality - Hazel Blears kicks off regional tour

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears today kicked off the first in a series of regional events which will hear views from the public about Government's plans for a new race equality strategy and how we can make society stronger and fairer for everyone. Recent findings show us that further progress on achieving full race equality depends on recognising that different ethnic groups are experiencing disadvantage in different ways. Each of the regional events will give people in local communities, businesses, charities, voluntary groups and local authorities the chance to have their say on how best we can accelerate the move away from a "one size fits all" approach to race equality. 1. Following the first event in Manchester events in seven other cities will follow: Cambridge Tuesday 7 April Nottingham Thursday 9 April Leeds Tuesday 21 April Newcastle Thursday 23 April Birmingham Tuesday 28 April Bristol Thursday 30 April London Thursday 7 May posted 05.04.09 https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=270684&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674



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Network of artists and arts organisations using empty shop spaces

Shops Network is a network of artists and arts organisations using empty shop spaces across the UK to create temporary pop-up shops, community spaces and galleries. In February 2009, it was estimated that about 10 per cent of the UKs shops were sitting empty and the figure is rising. Landlords letting artists and arts organisations use their empty spaces see the property kept in good order, and their business getting some positive publicity. Artists benefit from low-cost space on short and easy-to-manage leases. This means they can take a bigger risk on bolder, more innovative and experimental projects, and maybe get a good business kick-started. Local communities benefit from increased access to meaningful and enjoyable arts activity on their high street and seeing their town being brought back to life. For more information visit http://www.artistsandmakers.com/staticpages/index.php/emptyshops posted 01.04.09 This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


New Evaluation Resources Pack for Workers and Volunteers published

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Evaluation Resource Pack has been produced to help front-line workers and volunteers in the voluntary sector use creative and participatory methods to evaluate their work. The full pack has been developed with considerable input from projects supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation who have contributed many of the methods for gathering evidence and good practice described in the pack. The pack encourages front line workers and volunteers to think positively about the purposes of evaluation so that they are doing as good a job as possible for those taking part. For more information visit http://www.phf.org.uk/page.asp?id=204 posted 01.04.09 This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Arts, Culture and Inclusion

Arts and refugees: history, impact and future, by Kidd, Zahir and Khan (2008), traces the history of the arts and refugees in the UK over the past 20 years, and reports on trends in practice and funding and outcomes. It finds that participation in the arts is used to address a broad range of social objectives, with reported benefits of arts-based projects including: their usefulness for processes of communication; their contribution to social and community cohesion; their effects on the mental and physical health of participants; their contribution to capacity building and skills development within refugee community organisations and for individuals; and their role in supporting the professional development of refugee artists, as well as celebrating refugees' cultural heritage. For information visit http://www.impact.arts.gla.ac.uk/newsletters/impact_update0209/ posted 01.04.09 This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Cultural investment and the credit crunch: US style

As Budget Day - 22 April - approaches, will it include measures to stimulate the construction industry, and might it even put forward measures to incentivise maintenance, repair and refurbishment as well as to strengthen the tourism industry? The UK government is already aware how the USA and France have recognised the value of the creative and cultural sector in the economy. Will the UK government do likewise? The final version of the US Economic recovery Bill signed by the President Obama on 16 February includes $50m in direct support for arts jobs through National Endowment for the Arts Grants. An amendment that would have prevented museums, theatres, and arts centres from receiving stimulus funds was successfully removed. The extra $50m is a significant boost for the agency whose annual budget previously stood at $145m. The Bill calls for 40% of the new money to be distributed to state arts organisations and regional arts organisations. The remaining 60% will be set aside for individual arts projects competing for Endowment grants. The successful campaign, orchestrated by Americans for the Arts, the non-profit organization for advancing the arts and grass roots participation, generated more than 85000 letters to Congress, thousands of calls, hundreds of letters to media and blogs on the role of the arts in the economy together with direct lobbying. The US National Trust for Historic Preservation set out arguments for heritage input into a sustainable approach to current economic problems in a stimulus plan that can be found at http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/advocacy-center/platform/economic-stimulus.html posted 01.04.09 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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Gov. support for Black voluntary and community organisations

Government support for Black voluntary and community organisations for more information see. https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=269975&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674 posted 31.03.09


Connecting communities to the information superhighway

BT Community Connections is an award scheme which enables community and charitable organisations to get online and make use of information and communications technology (ICT). Organisations, working in any field of community benefit, located throughout the UK or ROI can apply for a laptop and a year's free broadband connection. There are more than 1,000 award packages available to groups who can demonstrate how an award will benefit their work and the local community. The current round of applications is now open with a deadline of 9th June. For more information see: http://www.btcommunityconnections.com/ posted 25.03.09



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Guidance on the potential of faith buildings as a community asset

The Government and the Church of England today published Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential, to help all faith groups find resources to make faith buildings more sustainable by enhancing the facilities and services they offer to local communities. posted 25.03.09 for more information see: https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=269210&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674



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Peer Review results for DCMS museums published

The results of a pilot programme to introduce a new system of self-assessment and peer review for directly sponsored museums were published this week by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The pilots were carried out at the National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum and Tyne & Wear Museums. Welcoming the three reports, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said: "Peer review is the right way to drive forward quality and excellence across museums and the wider cultural sector moving away from the concerns about targets and box ticking. The museums will learn much from the exercise and become stronger and more confident as a result. I am pleased to see the evidence of how strongly they are all performing and I look forward to developing this work across the cultural sector over the coming years." posted 16.03.09



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Community Development approachs to building stronger communities

New report from the Community Development Foundation, which looks at the learning coming out of projects funded via the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund (FCCBF) and Connecting Communities Plus, Community Grants. Particularly useful summary of good practice for people engaged in community cohesion work. New report from the Community Development Foundation, which looks at the learning coming out of projects funded via the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund (FCCBF) and Connecting Communities Plus, Community Grants. Particularly useful summary of good practice for people engaged in community cohesion work. see http://www.cdf.org.uk/SITE/UPLOAD/DOCUMENT/creating_spaces.pdf posted 16.03.09 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/


Young People and Community Cohesion

This latest in the National Youth Agencys series of case studies picks up practice in five projects working with young volunteers to promote and develop community cohesion. The young people are either marginalised or at risk of being marginalised, often because of a range of complex factors such as where they live, their racial background, their lifestyle choices, their faith, or a lack of opportunities. http://www.nya.org.uk/files/133756/FileName/yaefeb09.pdf posted 15.03.09 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/



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Lift-Off For New Fund -

A 300,000 scheme aiming to help change the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities has taken flight. The Learning Launchpad will offer investments up to 100,000 for groups looking to provide alternatives to formal education for 14 to 25-year-olds. Delivered by the Young Foundation in partnership with independent education foundation Edge, the scheme will offer both financial and advisory support for groups to ensure that youngsters get the advice and skills they need to fulfil their potential. Charities, social enterprises and other groups looking to kick-start a new project can apply for funding worth up to 30,000, whilst established initiatives already up and running can bid for up to 100,000 to expand their services. Deadline for first round of applications: 31st March. posted 12.03.09 http://www.learninglaunchpad.org/



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Plans for more young Mayors unveiled (CLG)

The world of politics is to be opened up to young people as new opportunities to become a young mayor with a real mandate and a real budget are announced today (Wednesday, 11 March) by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears. The elected Mayors represent youngsters aged between 11 and 18 years old, giving them a voice to influence decisions made by their local council. They also have a budget to spend on initiatives which will benefit young people in their area. for more information see https://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail.asp?ReleaseID=395175&NewsAreaID=2&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674 posted 12.03.09



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Science and Heritage Programme Grants

he Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are taking forward a joint 8.1m programme entitled Science and Heritage to support leading-edge research which will explore new ways to understand the cultural and physical nature of heritage and to prepare society for the challenges that cultural heritage will face in the 21st Century. The AHRC / EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme would like to announce two competitions for funding, full details of which will be published soon: Interdisciplinary Research Grants and Post-doctoral Fellowships. The full Programme Specification, including further details of the themes, will be made available soon. Further details on other activities under the Science and Heritage Programme, and the research already funded, can be found at http://www.heritagescience.ac.uk/index.php?section=1 posted 10.03.09 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Survey: A Quality Badge for self-employed?

he DCSF has charged Cape UK with the task of canvassing views on the value of establishing a Quality Badge for self employed individuals involved in Learning Outside the Classroom. This could be relevant to many different kinds of professionals: the dance practitioner working regularly in a school hall; the instructor leading an adventurous expedition; a willow-weaver working with a group of pupils on a school grounds project; the farmer taking livestock into a school. A Quality Badge is already available to organisations engaged in developing authentic learning experiences for children beyond the classroom door; see www.lotcqualitybadge.org.uk for more information. It endorses organisations operating with good quality assurance and risk management procedures and thus makes it easier for schools to identify who they would like to work with. The survey will run until 16 March. To complete this survey visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=5aMNO3OAY_2bZxYKHJ2_2b5xbg_3d_3d posted 10.03.09 his news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Government outlines new plans for achieving race equality in UK

A wide-reaching consultation on improving opportunities for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people was announced today by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears. A new report demonstrates that the Government has made significant progress in tackling race equality in everything from the job market and health services, to education, housing and criminal justice. The third and final report on the Government's race equality strategy, Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society shows that further progress depends on recognising that different ethnic groups are experiencing disadvantage in different ways. The Government is consulting on how best to move away from a "one size fits all" approach to targeted help addressing the different needs of particular groups.



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Towards a Museum of British History

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council have recommended against the purpose-built Museum of British History in favour of a virtual museum.



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Guidance on building a local sense of belonging: CLG Publication

A new publication from CLG presents guidance for local cohesion practitioners on how to develop individuals sense of belonging to their immediate neighbourhood. The guidance explains that a sense of belonging is a key indicator of community cohesion. It outlines the key findings of research which examined people's identity and sense of belonging. It presents a selection of local authority statements on cohesion and local belonging from their Sustainable Community Strategies. It also provides advice on writing such a statement and sets out some specific examples of initiatives that have been established to help foster a sense of belonging to local communities. The document aims to provide advice on establishing such initiatives, including: communicating the vision; using history, key past events and shared memories; using geographical features, key buildings, parks and other symbols; using symbolic events, such as festivals and carnivals; using activities and shared interests such as sport, art or culture; welcoming new residents; and promoting empowerment. To view the document visit http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/senseofbelonging posted 25.02.09 his news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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European Year of Volunteering 2011 Confirmed

After much pressure by the EY2011 Alliance - an alliance of NGOs including Euclid Network - the European Commission has declared 2011 to be European Year of the Volunteer. A planned change in European Commission personnel this year had prompted fears that the event could be pushed back to 2013. During the year, EUR15m (13m) would be spent on promoting volunteering across the European Union. But Markus Held, director of the European Volunteer Centre, which has been coordinating a campaign to lobby for the year with 17 volunteering organisations, said he had received an email from a commission official last week confirming that it had received instructions to prepare for the year to be held in 2011. The next steps of the alliance are to plan the implementation of the year that will include events and funding opportunities. For more information please email Markus Held, Director of the European Volunteer Centre on cev@cev.be posted 25.02.09 his news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Heritage Link signposts volunteering management resources

A huge number of volunteers could be attracted into the heritage sector adding to its capacity and skills base. Volunteers can contribute not only muscle power at heritage sites but also a huge range of specialist skills at organisational level HR, project management, strategic planning and financial management, marketing and communications and IT knowhow. For better or worse, heritage organisations have bypassed the local volunteer centres but these can direct volunteers your way. To find your local one see http://www.volunteering.org.uk/WhatWeDo/Local+and+Regional/findoutaboutvolunteeringinyourarea.htm Volunteers with management and other specialist skills can be found through REACH http://www.reach-online.org.uk/ and the Cranfield Trust http://www.cranfieldtrust.org/index.php?pIDref=115-volunteers, or advertise (at a reduced rate) on Wednesdays through The Guardian. But volunteers arent free. They need managing, nurturing, even cosseting. To encourage our members and the sector to make best use of volunteers, Heritage Link has posted a new resource on its website. Volunteering Resources compiled by Sara Crofts of SPAB lists information on how to survive the recession as well as guidance notes on volunteering and volunteer management. See www.heritagelink.org.uk/volunteering-resources/


BBC work experience for young people

BBC Blast are now recruiting for 2009 work experience opportunities. For your chance to get involved visit:



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Victoria County History provides free local history resources for schools

A new website from Victoria County History offers teachers free access to units of work backed by the research of professional historians. The Schools Learning Zone has been produced as part of the Victoria County Historys Heritage Lottery-funded project Englands Past for Everyone. The materials have been tested in schools and show students how their local history is linked to wider historical events. Downloadable teachers packs include indoor and outdoor activities, timelines and other historical resources. Aimed at Key Stages 1-3, the lesson plans are linked to National Curriculum learning outcomes for each unit of work. Further materials, including interactive activities for students, will be added throughout 2009. Visit:



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Government Unveils Third Sector Recession Fund

Charities and social enterprises are to receive a 42.5 million cash injection to help the people hardest hit by the economic downturn. The Governments third sector action plan, Real Help for Communities, will enable hundreds of groups to step up advice, support and volunteering in areas hit by the recession. posted 23.02.09



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Funding Support for engaging women

Charities and community groups are invited to apply for grants to carry out projects that increase self-esteem amongst women. Rosa, the first UK-wide charitable fund specifically aimed at promoting equality and justice for women, is accepting applications to its first quarterly funding round.



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How to Involve hard to reach children and young people

New guide from Participation Works, published by NCB, aims to provide an understanding of why some children and young people might not make use of the services, organisations and activities that are on offer to them. It also offers practical ideas for enabling those individuals to get involved. http://www.participationworks.org.uk/Portals/0/Files/resources/k-items/participationworks/howtoguides/how-to-hard-to-reach15.01.2009.pdf posted 11.02.09 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/


Some funding opportunities with February deadlines

Social Entrepreneur Awards http://entrepreneurs.bankofscotland.co.uk/social/?lpsrc=google&lpgrp=entrepreneur&lptxt=entrepreneur_awards&lpkey=entrepreneur%20awards&gclid=CKm2yoKasZgCFQFhQgodnkaDUQ (Source: National Youth Agency Participation News, 13, February 2009) New awards launched by the Bank of Scotland and aimed at not-for-profit organisations whose primary purpose is to support an issue or matter of public interest or to further social and/or environmental goals for non-commercial purposes and social or community benefit. There are two awards to apply to: the first for up to 5 million in funding or a cash donation of up to 500,000; and the second for up to 1 million in funding, or a cash donation of up to 100,000. The winners will also receive mentoring and publicity support. Closing date for entries is 23 February 2009. Timely Information to Citizens. Opportunity to bid for pilot funding www.esd.org.uk/informingcitizens (Source: email from Helen Carpenter) The Timely Information to Citizens project team at CLG is inviting local authorities in England to submit funding proposals for innovative pilot projects to empower their citizens with information. They would like to fund around 10 projects, to test out innovative approaches and techniques which will advance their knowledge of good practice and act as exemplars to other authorities. There is 500,000 in 2009-10 to fund a mixture of capital and revenue projects. The deadline for this is 27 February 2009. LIRG Research Award 2009 http://www.cilip.org.uk/specialinterestgroups/bysubject/research/activities/awards (Source: email from Juliet Eve) The LIRG research award is designed to promote research in library and information science. The aim of the award is to encourage and facilitate research by practitioners in the field. The Library & Information Research Group (LIRG) welcomes proposals from all sectors of the profession, and particularly invites practitioners to apply, either as sole applicants, or in collaboration with academic or independent researchers. Applications from academics in library and information science departments are also welcomed and proposals which are submitted in partnership with practitioners are particularly welcomed. The award is worth 1000, and designed to support small-scale research projects for which it may otherwise be difficult to find funding. The Award may be used to defray research expenses (e.g. travel, postage costs), to fund attendance at high level meetings or to fund a study tour. However, a clear overall aim for the research must be stated. Guidelines for submission and evaluation criteria are on the LIRG web pages noted above. The closing date for submissions: 28 February 2009. Helena Kennedy Foundation Awards available in 2009 http://www.hkf.org.uk/index.php?pageID=1&subID=997 (Source: email from Helen Carpenter) Since 1998, the Helena Kennedy Foundation has been running a bursary scheme to provide much needed financial support to disadvantaged students, who have successfully completed a further education course and wish to progress to higher education. See the range of awards available at the above weblink; guidance on eligibility and applications is at: http://www.hkf.org.uk/index.php?pageID=1&subID=33. posted 11.02.09 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/


9 museums join forces to create online learning project

Nine of the UK's leading museums and galleries will be combining their own online collections for the first time in February 2009. The National Museums Online Learning Project brings the nation's inspirational collections into one place, providing a search facility that spans collections from the British Museum, Imperial War Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum, Royal Armouries, Sir John Soane's Museum, Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and The Wallace Collection. This is the first time so many national museums and galleries have worked together in this way. The project was made possible through funding from HM Treasury from the Invest to Save Programme and cash contributions from the partnering museums. The project aim has been to use existing online content with new web technology to drive forward a whole new kind of e-learning. Having access to the widest range of original source material helps people of all ages find out more about art, science, history and culture. posted 09.02.09



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Citizens feel a strong sense of belonging

Headline figures from new government report saying that people feel a strong sense of connection to their local area, but not necessarily that they have a voice within it. for more information see: https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=264096&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674 posted 05.01.09


MLA Community Empowerment Discussion Paper

MLA have issued a consultation paper which sets out the relevant aspects of the Community Empowerment White Paper and describes ways in which the sector can contribute to this agenda. rvtest posted 05.01.09 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/ Posted 05.02.09 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/ http://www.mla.gov.uk/what/policy_development/~/media/335CDF5A7BB644B0B7B11B6A592EB953.ashx The background to this is set out at: http://www.mla.gov.uk/what/policy_development/current_consultations. Please send your views to Jennifer Ngyou, Policy Adviser: Communities and Local Government at jennifer.ngyou@mla.gov.uk.


Launch of Engaging Places

A new initiative has been launched that aims to help every school exploit the worlds biggest teaching resource. Engaging Places will champion teaching and learning throughout the built environment. It includes the launch of a major new online teaching resource, www.engagingplaces.org.uk. This will be the most comprehensive guide ever created to help schools teach by using the buildings and places around them. Research has shown that teachers view buildings and spaces as an important educational resource, and want better access, information and support to exploit it. Schools will be able to use Engaging Places to access a nationwide directory of organisations and venues, including architecture centres, museums and historic buildings. They will be able to search for high quality resources and materials and will also be able to access case studies from fellow teachers. Engaging Places has been designed to help deliver the new secondary school curriculum which is being introduced for Key Stage 3. It supports initiatives including Learning outside the classroom and Find your talent. It will benefit pupils by showing them how their rapidly changing environment affects them and how they can influence it. The initiative led by Heritage Links Chair, Anthea Case has been funded by the Government and is managed by CABE and English Heritage. posted 29.01.09 his news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


GAIN looking to recruit more disabled people at Board Level

GAIN (Governance, Access, Inclusion and Networking) is looking to recruit individuals who have a keen interest in arts, heritage or sports, for Board Management Opportunities for Disabled People. For more information see: http://gain.itc-arts.org/page78.aspx posted 29.01.09


National Trust bequeathed Kenyan Poets House

The remarkable home of Khadambi Asalache, a Kenyan born poet, writer and artist, has been left to the National Trust. The National Trust has concluded that the house is a great work of art and an important part of the UKs built heritage. It is a place that presents an opportunity to celebrate artistic endeavour and to tell Khadambi Asalaches story, one which encapsulates many themes associated with the UKs diverse cultural heritage. The house is also being seen as particularly important for London and should funding be secured the Trust hopes to establish a community and education centre nearby in order that the local community and others can fully benefit from access to this extraordinary place. Ian Wilson, the National Trust's London area manager, said its artistry told the multi-cultural story of coming to a new place, making a life for yourself but hanging on to your heritage. The Trust has already allotted 1m towards the project, but it has warned the house could be lost to the nation if it could not raise a further 2m to 4m. For more information about the house, visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-global/w-news/w-latest_news/w-khamdambi_alalache.htm posted 29.01.09 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


National indicators 9, 10 and 11: baselines for local authorities

The Local Area Agreements (LAAs) established by Local Authorities in June 2008 with Government and their partners, included targets to improve public services and the quality of life for people living and working in an area. Local authorities chose 35 targets from a possible 198 in the National Indicator Set, four of which belong to DCMS:NI 8 Participation in sport and active recreation; NI 9 Use of public libraries; NI 10 Visits to museums and galleries; and NI 11 Engagement in the arts. This report presents baseline estimates for those local authorities that selected one or more of the cultural National Indicators, 9, 10 and 11. Data are based on interviews conducted between April 2008 and October 2008. This is the first time comparable data on cultural engagement at the local level has been collected and published. Interim progress will be available in December 2009, using data collected between October 2008 and October 2009. Final progress will be assessed in December 2010, using data collected between October 2009 and October 2010. Museums Libraries and Archives (ML) focussing on museum attendance were able to report that nearly half the population in England (48%) use libraries, and 54% visit museums. The MLA has invested in the survey so it details for the first time, local authority by local authority, levels of peoples participation. It has enabled MLA to detect even in these first statistics, a close link between library spending levels per head and participation data. Further work will be done to examine the correlation between class, race, deprivation, spending levels, and the proximity of museums and libraries themselves. The data can be found at http://www.dcms.gov.uk/reference_library/research_and_statistics/5607.aspx MLAs press release is at http://www.mla.gov.uk/news/press/releases/2008/active_people_stats posted 19.01.09 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


National Audit Office study on English Heritage

he National Audit Office (NAO) is carrying out a study that will examine how effective English Heritage has been at increasing, and broadening the diversity of, engagement with the nations heritage. The NAO will examine this in the context of English Heritages wider objectives to conserve and enhance the historic environment. The study will cover English Heritages management of its own sites and the initiatives to increase and broaden engagement, as well as influence over the sector as a whole. In doing this the NAO will also consider how English Heritage allocated its resources and how it delivers Outreach programmes. The study will also consider whether English Heritages grant programme makes provision for increasing engagement and how effectively it works with the other heritage organisations. Field work for the study commenced in December 2008 and will continue until March 2009. A report is scheduled to be published in Summer 2009. For more information contact Flo Ashley, Audit Principal by emailing flo.ashley@nao.gsi.gov.uk or telephone 020 7798 7532. posted 19.01.09 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Taking Part: historic environment tops the inclusion improvements

Before Christmas, DCMS issued the final figures for year 3 of the Taking Part survey, monitoring achievement against the Public Service Agreement (PSA) 3 target covering culture and sports participation. The PSA 3 target for the heritage sector was to increase the rate of attendance at heritage sites by three percentage points for each of three priority groups black and minority ethnic, people with limiting disability and people from lower socio-economic groups, between 2005/6 and 2007/8. The heritage sector has worked hard on broadening its appeal. The latest figures show that more people than ever before are visiting heritage sites, with the greatest percentage increase (11%) being amongst people from Black and minority ethnic groups. The swell of interest from minority communities (with 220,000 more people having visited a site this year) is nearly twice the rate of growth in the wider public. An early analysis of the results has revealed a particularly marked increase in interest in historic places amongst communities who are also in lower socio-economic groups; mixed race or Asian; or Muslim. There were peaks of new interest in Yorkshire and Humber and the West Midlands. Of the three targets set by DCMS at the beginning of the process, the heritage sector achieved increases in participation in all three groups, with the three percentage point increase (to 54.1% from 50.7%) in black and minority ethnic participants being achieved, a statistically significant increase in participation by C2DE groups (to 59.4% from 57.1%) and an increase (although not statistically significant) in participation by those with a disability (to 60.9% from 59.5%). There was also a statistically significant increase in overall participation of 1.2 percentage points to 71.1% of Englands adults (from 69.9%). There are now 29.5 million adults visiting heritage sites, up 1.7 million from 2005/06. The full PSA3 report can also be found along with other Taking Part material on the DCMS website at http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/publications/5653.aspx There is also an English Heritage press release commenting on the results. http://amaxus.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.15219 posted 19.01.09 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Andy Burnham (DCMS) Jan 09 Capital of Culture speech

Secretary of State, Andy Burnham's speech to University of Liverpool: five lessons from Liverpool's year as capital of culture included the use of cultural and creative activities by public bodies.



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Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2008

This report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation marks the tenth anniversary of the first edition of Monitoring poverty and social exclusion. Built around a set of indicators constructed using the latest official government data, the report assesses the record across a wide range of subjects from low income to exclusion from services. It effectively provides a picture of the state of poverty and social exclusion in the UK just before the onset of the recent economic downturn. The authors conclude that while several headline indicators show early momentum has not been sustained, this pattern is by no means the norm. http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/2338.asp posted 05.01.09 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/



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Jenny Abramsky at Heritage Day

See a copy of the speech the new Chair of HLF made at the Heritage Link AGM and Heritage day. Titled "Valuing our Heritage; Investing in Our Future" the new Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Jenny Abramsky, tied the HLF firmly into the challenges facing the heritage sector. She too argued that the momentum for heritage protection reform should not be lost. In particular she urged Government to capture in its vision statement the true value of heritage in its widest sense. The vision must not disappoint, she said, at the very least it will need to reflect the degree to which people really appreciate their historic surroundings and it must acknowledge the huge public appetite for learning about the past. Fundamentally, it will need to demonstrate that Government can provide responsible stewardship for our heritage now, even in a time of recession, and in the future. http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/MediaCentre/Archive/Heritage+Link+Heritage+Day+speech.htm

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Homes and Communities Academy Awards 2009

The Governments awards for sustainable communities have been opened for entries. Entries are invited from individuals, organisations, partnerships, projects and initiatives across England. Award categories include: * Empowered communities (supporting local people to improve their neighbourhoods) * Investing in young people * Leadership of place * Places for all (strengthening communities through culture and heritage). The application guidance booklet is available at: http://www.hcaacademy.co.uk/sites/default/files/awards_guidance_notes_09.pdf . The deadline for submission of entries is 11 February 2009.

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All change at Awards for All

Following a review of the Awards for All England programme, changes are to be made to the small grants scheme 's existing format when it comes to an end in March 2009. Currently Awards for All England is a joint Lottery grants programme supported by Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. From 1 April 2009 each of the lottery distributors supporting the scheme will have their own small grants programmes up and running. Applications can still be made under the current arrangements until 31 March 2009. Overall, across all the distributors, it is anticipated that new money available for small grants in 2009-10 will be comparable to money that was available to community groups through Awards for All in 2008-2009. Distributors will each run their own small grants programme as follows: Big Lottery Fund will launch a new small grants programme on 1 April 2009 awarding grants of 300 to 10,000 to local communities in 2009-2010. Sport England will provide small grants for sports ranging from 300 - 10,000 from 1 April 2009. Arts Council England will provide small grants through their existing Grants for the arts' programme, supporting awards between 1,000 and 100,000. Heritage Lottery Fund small grants will be provided through the existing 'Your Heritage' (3,000 to 50,000) and 'Young Roots (3,000 to 25,000) schemes. To find out more, go to http://www.awardsforall.org.uk/england/index.html posted 18.12.08


(DCMS) Dame Liz Forgan to be chair of Arts Council England

Dame Liz Forgan has been appointed as Chair of Arts Council England, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham announced today. Dame Liz Forgan, who was previously Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be the first woman to chair the Arts Council in its 62 year history. She will take up her four-year post on 1 February 2009, replacing current Chair Sir Christopher Frayling. for further information see: https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=260631&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674 posted 18.12.08


Cash Boost For War Heroes

The first ten projects to receive funding from a scheme that celebrates the contribution of Scotlands war veterans have been revealed. Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell announced the organisations that will be offered grants from the opening round of the Scottish Veterans Fund. The programme, which has an 80,000 budget in each of the financial years up to 2011, can provide grants of up to 10,000 for projects that deliver new or innovative approaches to veterans issues. Amongst the ten projects to receive a welcome cash injection were the First Base Agency in Dumfries, who will offer advice and support for veterans with drug dependency issues, and Scottish Veterans Residencies, who are set to launch a new one-stop-shop website dealing with housing for veterans. Mr Maxwell revealed the winning bids during a visit to one of the successful projects at Erskine. He said: War veterans are heroes and deserve our lasting gratitude for their selfless duty to their country. These projects will allow veterans across Scotland to use the skills, experience and confidence gained through their service careers as well as helping them adjust to civilian life. Funding is available for a range of initiatives, including holding commemorative events, helping veterans transition back to civilian life, and inter-generational educational projects that enhance young peoples understanding about the debt society owes to Armed Forces personnel. Applications will be assessed against a range of criteria, including whether the project will directly benefit ex-Service personnel, and how the initiative will raise the publics awareness of veterans issues. In the next round of funding, groups interested in staging projects to mark Veterans Day are asked to apply before 1 April. Bids for all other types of project must be made before 1 June. For further information about the Scottish Veterans Fund, visit the Scottish Government website (opens a new window) Alternatively, visit the Veterans Scotland website http://www.veteransscotland.co.uk/ Source: Scottish Government, 18/12/2008


Jodi Award Winners 2008

Kevin Carey, Vice Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), called for renewed effort to make UK digital culture accessible for all at the 2008 Jodi Awards on Friday December 5, 2008, at the British Museum, London. In a typically passionate speech Kevin outlined a new reality for culture creators, publishers and producers. He called for the setting up of a national Centre for Excellence for Accessible Media funded by the public, commercial and third sectors. If we go on training disadvantaged people, including those with impairments, in a fragmented accessibility and usability ecology, to acquire what are called 'basic' skills in accessing and processing information, we will doom them to be poor. Kevin's speech preceded the giving of the 2008 Jodi Awards. The awards are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage venues that use technology to provide access to collections and learning for disabled people, e.g. websites, interactive objects, audio-guides, PDAs and virtual reality shows. The awards, sponsored by RNIB and supported by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, were presented by Kevin Carey and preceded by an introduction from Andy Minnion, Director of the Rix Centre. Lord Low, Chair of RNIB, was present at the ceremony, as were representatives from many shortlisted museums and galleries. Named in memory of Jodi Mattes (1973-2001), who worked as part of the British Museum's web team and later at the RNIB, the awards honour Jodi's efforts to ensure the museum's COMPASS website was as accessible as possible. Jodi's parents, Harry and Esther Mattes, and sister Sara, attended the award ceremony. 2008 Jodi Awards - the winners 1. Excellence for people with a learning disability, in association with the Rix Centre, London. Outside In Pathways, for their project in which a group of people with learning disabilities made films using digital technology at the V&A museum, London. 2. Excellence in accessible digital media The National Trust, for their virtual tour pilot project. 12 virtual tours were developed, and four more are in production. All this from a national charity that involved disabled people in making accessible media that could genuinely and substantially improve the experiences of disabled visitors. http://www.corvidae.co.uk/panoramas/homewood-flash/living.html 3. Excellence with a low budget - Web accessibility In this category, a COMMENDATION was awarded to the Thackray Museum in Leeds, and their website redevelopment project. The museum consulted young visually impaired people from Henshaws College in York and incorporated a range of their recommendations into the design. http://www.thackraymuseum.org 4. Excellence in Web accessibility Awarded to the British Museum for its BSL Schools Web Project In this project young deaf people produced signed curriculum resources for young deaf people, working with Frank Barnes School and media company Remark. This outstanding project is well thought out, carefully framed and cleanly presented, bringing together a creative and appropriate mix of users, artists and designers with expertise in the area of BSL. http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers/school_projects/bsl_project.aspx 5. Excellence in accessible digital media on a low budget The Jodi judges have decided not to award a prize for accessible digital media excellence on a low budget this year. For more info, contact Jon Pratty, 07739 287392 or jonnypratty@gmail.com posted 15.12.08


(CLG) National black role model launch - Hazel Blears

Top business men, journalists, servicemen, a fire-fighter, lawyers and media experts are amongst the twenty individuals being named in the first-ever national role model programme for Black boys and young Black men by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears on the 3rd December. Following a nationwide recruitment campaign, well over 200 applications from successful Black men across the country were received. The REACH panel comprising fashion designer and businessman Ozwald Boateng, entrepreneur and winner of the Apprentice Tim Campbell, founder and Director of Operation Black Vote Simon Woolley and Metropolitan Police Superintendent and founder of the Black Police association Leroy Logan selected the final twenty role models to form the first national group of its kind - to help raise the aspirations and attainment of Black boys. posted 08.12.08 more information see: https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=259232&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674


NI seeks to engage with older people through the Arts and MLAs

A new engagement strategy for older people will support work with regularly funded organisations in Northern Ireland. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) is developing the plan in light of government priorities. The announcement of the strategy follows the appointment of an Advocate for Older People by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. ACNI hopes to have an action plan in place by the end of this financial year, enabling work to begin in 2009/10. Working with Help the Aged, Age Concern and Age Sector Platform among others, ACNI is considering a range of interventions, including developing a skills bank, carrying out detailed research on barriers to engagement and working with arts organisations to provide increased opportunities. A spokesperson for ACNI told AP that preliminary discussions suggest there is a compelling case to progress this project on a joint platform, as many engagement issues are shared by other service providers such as libraries, museums and life-long learning providers. posted 8.12.08


Deadline 16 January for MLA grant applications

The final bidding phase of Their Past Your Future 2 (TPYF2) launched on 3 November 2008. The Big Lottery funded programme is open to all museums, libraries and archives in England . Grants between 500 and 10,000 are available for venues to develop programmes, workshops, exhibitions and events that explore the ongoing legacy of 20th and 21st century conflict on people and places. The grants are designed to inspire inter-generational activities between younger and older people under the themes of remembrance and commemoration; identity; reconciliation; citizenship; diversity; asylum; conflict resolution and peacekeeping. The deadline for applications is the 16th January 2009. To apply and for further information visit http://www.mla.gov.uk/aboutus/grants posted 08.12.08


Simon Jenkins speaks out for National Trust

n his first major interview since being appointed Chairman of the National Trust, Sir Simon Jenkins claims that overbearing health and safety rule obstruct his efforts to offer visitors an insight into what it would be like to live in some of the Trusts properties. He calls for a new offensive to challenge the climate of risk aversion in Britain. He relates a recent visit to the Cambrian Mountains where he found a party of school boys were not allowed to swim in the lake nor venture further than 100 yards in front of the teacher. He is reported as ordering the Trust to shake off its elitist image and for the houses to be less samey. He has asked Trust managers to take on more risks, make their properties more individual and encourage greater use by local people. I have joked he said that I will leave in my will enough money to cover the cost of a Labrador and a childs pushchair to put in the front of every National Trust house to make it look lived in. On a national scale, Sir Simon, who founded the Railway Heritage Trust, and was a founder member of SAVE Britains Heritage and the Thirties Society is ready to speak out over controversial developments such as the expansions of Heathrow and Stansted, and any other threat to the countryside. For the full account and leading article see http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article5209571.ece; the feature on Polesden Lacey http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article5209577.ece; and the leading article from the same day: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/leading_article/article5208952.ece posted 01.12.08 his news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Responses to Big Lottery Fund consultation

Community and voluntary organisations should be the only recipients of Big Lottery Fund money, charity umbrella groups have claimed. In a consultation about future funding launched yesterday, the BLF is asking whether it should extend its current commitment to give 60 to 70 per cent of its money to the voluntary sector, which ends in 2012. In a response to the consultation called Big Thinking, four national umbrella bodies the NCVO, Nicva, SCVO and WCVA have demanded a 100 per cent financial commitment to the sector. Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the NCVO, said: In the current economic turbulence, Big Lottery Fund money will be a vital source of support to enable the sector to weather these rocky times. This means putting funding of the sector even more at the heart of what the Big Lottery Fund does. Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said other institutions such as schools could also have a claim on the money. The voluntary sector is hugely important to us, he said. But we need to debate whether 100 per cent of our spending should go there. We've asked the question and we'll have to see what people say. To view the full article visit http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/channels/Policy/Article/862809/Big-Lottery-Fund-should-exclusive-sector/ posted 01.12.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Secret of My Heart: opera's leap of faith in the homeless

From the Daily Telegraph: Eighty singers who have all lived rough are to perform Allegri's 'Miserere' at the Festival Hall. Jasper Rees reports If there is an art form that would seem to have the least to do with - and indeed for - society's underclass, there's just the one candidate. Opera for the homeless is an almost perfect working example of an oxymoron, two words which don't look right together. And yet the Festival Hall on London's Southbank will soon play host to a performance of Allegri's Miserere, incorporating the voices of 80 singers who, at some point in their lives, have not had a roof over their head. for more information see: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/arts/2008/11/24/btheart124.xml posted 27.11.08


Director's anger over comedy film's 'disability' warning

FROM THE INDEPENDENT: By Paul Bignell Sunday, 16 November 2008 Disabled actors last night condemned a move by British film censors to label a new film featuring a disabled cast with a warning stating that the film contains "disability themes". Special People, a British, feature-length film with a cast of mainly disabled actors playing disabled characters, was given the label by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) along with a 12A rating. The director, Justin Edgar, is angry about the "unnecessary" labelling. "I was really surprised to get this certificate," he said. "I couldn't understand why a film censor thought it was necessary to make people aware that the film had disabled people in it." more information see: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/directors-anger-over-comedy-films-disability-warning-1020484.html posted 27.11.08


Access and excellence - Boris Johnson outlines key priorities for culture to 2012

London Mayor Boris Johnson has outlined his cultural plan for the capital that includes outdoor film screenings and a touring jazz festival. Johnson wants to extend the enjoyment of art, music and theatre to all of London's boroughs from the most affluent to the least well-off. He has pledged to cut red rape for smaller arts organisations, improve music and art education and use the 2012 Olympics to create "a cultural legacy" for all Londoners through projects such as the art commissions which will be displayed in the Olympic Park. This proposal is open to consultation, all comments to be received by Friday 30th January. For more information see: http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/culture/cultural-metropolis/ posted 27.11.08


Booktouch and Bookshine

http://www.bookstart.co.uk/Parents-Booktouch and http://www.bookstart.org.uk/Scheme-Coordinators/Coordinator-Packs/Bookshine_sch Just a reminder about these two additional Bookstart promotions: * Booktouch aims to get blind and partially sighted babies and toddlers 'bookstarted'. Booktouch packs are free to all schemes and are available free to parents or carers of blind or partially sighted children up to (and including) the age of four. Packs contain two specially chosen touch and feel books. * Bookshine aims to help deaf babies and toddlers to get 'bookstarted'. A Bookshine pack is available free to parents or carers of deaf children up to (and including) the age of four. Packs contain two specially chosen books designed to stimulate children's senses, including a touch and feel book and a nursery rhyme book featuring BSL signs. posted 20.11.08 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/


Poverty in your area

(Source: LGA analysis and research bulletin, October 2008) The charity, End Child Poverty, has created a series of maps covering England, Scotland and Wales, using tax credit data to give the percentage of children on low incomes in local authorities and constituencies. There is also a table showing the Top 20 parliamentary constituencies with the highest levels of child poverty across the UK. for more information see: http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/why-end-child-poverty/poverty-in-your-area posted 20.11.08 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/


No one left out: communities end rough sleeping

This is a 15-point action plan which has been developed with leading rough sleeping charities. The plan will call on communities to get more involved in supporting those in their area at risk of rough sleeping, to help stop the flow onto the streets, ensuring that the right resources reach the right people at the right time. The key recommendations are: Homeless people who sleep rough must have a greater voice and choice in services. We want to empower them and the communities they live in so they can make the most of the help and goodwill that is available. So we will: promote knowledge of local services and resources that can address rough sleeping and social isolation develop a community training programme to build capacity and skills so that local people can support isolated people to avoid sleeping rough promote more personalised services including testing individual budgets to increase the control people have over the services they need; and drive forward user involvement in services and active citizenship among people with experience of rough sleeping, including supporting peer advocacy to reduce evictions from hostels. [p8] for more information see: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/pdf/endingroughsleeping posted 20.11.08 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/


Community cohesion one-stop shop portal launched

The Institute of Community Cohesion has just launched the first phase of its one-stop shop, including a very useful summary of the development of community cohesion in the UK, with links to the key reports and documents. http://www.cohesioninstitute.org.uk/Pages/default.aspx posted 20.11.08 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/


ONLINE COURSE PROVIDES UNDERSTANDING OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

Following a successful pilot earlier this year, the Academy for Sustainable Communities (ASC) has embarked on the national roll out of a new course. In a Nutshell brings together built environment professionals, community workers and volunteers to develop their knowledge about how to create and manage sustainable communities. The free online course consists of five facilitated workshops and will run in December 2008, January, February and March 2009. It has been designed to help participants understand: the term sustainable communities and the different components that contribute towards sustainable communities; current national and regional policy; the roles, responsibilities and skills of the various organisations and individuals responsible for delivery; the core professions involved in delivery and the wider stakeholders; regeneration issues linked to sustainable communities; and how to put theory into practice. The course is facilitated by an experienced tutor who will provide advice and guidance. The workshops include a range of learning materials, participant activities and discussion forums to encourage people to share ideas, experiences and knowledge. Rob Jackson, research and monitoring officer at Shepway District Council who took part in the pilot said: The course was highly informative, particularly around the legislative and political frameworks linked to sustainable communities and introduced me to new sources of information that I now use regularly. The discussion forums took learning to a new level, providing an invaluable platform to debate the very latest issues and challenges we face like the credit crunch and review examples of best practice with health workers, council employees, students and community workers. Amanda Lane, learning and resources manager at ASC said: This is an entry-level route course, aimed at people who are entering sustainable communities professions and want to develop their knowledge of the sector. The online facilitated workshops offer a real opportunity for people to work with and learn from professionals and trainers involved in the delivery of the sustainable communities agenda." To book a place on the course, please contact Kelly Brewell on 0113 394 4574 or email k.brewell@ascskills.org.uk


CELEBRATE INSPIRATIONAL ADULT LEARNERS - NOMINATE THEM FOR AN AWARD

Make sure the remarkable achievements of adult learners are given the recognition they deserve by nominating them for the Adult Learners Week Awards 2009. Every year the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) receives over 1,000 nominations from colleges, businesses, adult education providers, museums, libraries and elsewhere and aims to make its 18th Adult Learners Week the most successful yet. The awards for Adult Learners Week (9th 15th May 2009) illustrate the extraordinary achievements, of adult learners young, old and in all their diversity. They are awarded for their inspirational learning journeys, for the way they have coped with challenges and for the way they have embraced learning to help them transform their lives and often other peoples lives as well. Winning an award as a result of being nominated, can be an encouraging and life changing experience for learners itself. Some winners of the 2008 awards share their thoughts on how much winning meant to them: Paul Lee, aged 36, from Oldham, won an award for his dramatic journey from bricklayer to Cambridge University student. Paul says, Going back to learning helped me feel like my old self again and winning the actual award helped me to get my confidence back. I think the recognition I earned was the most important step in becoming confident, regardless of my learning results, as great as they have been. Sight Service a group of visually impaired people from South Shields were awarded for succeeding in their informal art classes and progressing to an accredited art course. Their nominator Sue Taylor says, Winning the award has inspired our learners to want to achieve even greater things next year and has also been an inspiration to several other visually impaired groups. She continues, The individual group members who represented the rest of the group at the national award ceremony in London, were so proud to be representing not only their own group but so many other similar blind groups across the country. They were so happy to have been able to achieve things they all had previously thought were totally unachievable. John McAnuff, aged 72, from Tottenham, won an award for taking a course in Jamaican Language and Culture and being inspired to spread awareness of his roots by writing, The New Jumiekan Langwij Alfabet Song. John says, Winning this award has been a really valuable step in my life and the recognition encourages you like a new surge of energy. He continues, In our media driven society the publicity I got put my talents in the spotlight and opened doors for me. I even got to meet my local MP and he asked me what he could do for me, it was a rare opportunity. YMCA Fitness Industry Training, in London, were awarded for helping black and minority ethnic women find work in the fitness industry. YMCAfit Executive Director Robin Gargrave says, Winning was a real honour. It confirmed our belief in the value of what we are trying to achieve as an organisation and gave the whole staff a massive boost. The award is viewed with pride by everyone at YMCAfit as recognition of our hard work and commitment to providing high quality learning opportunities for all. I commend the Adult Learner Awards to all education and training providers. Clare Harris, aged 35, from Halesowen, was recognised for her transformation from school cleaner to school-teacher. Clare says, Winning the award has been a great experience and it has encouraged me to ensure I continue with my learning and achieve more. Kamy Basra, Campaigns Officer at NIACE, said, Being nominated for an Adult Learners Week award is another way of building your learners confidence and showing them how remarkable you think their learning achievements have been. And if theyre lucky enough to win an award then they will act as an inspirational role model to encourage thousands of others to take up learning. She continued, For our 18th Adult Learners Week Awards we would like to give even more remarkable learners the chance to shine and be celebrated. If you know someone whose learning journey deserves recognition and could inspire others to have a go, then nominate them for an Adult Learners Week Award. We also present awards to families, groups and organisations whose learning has transformed lives for the better. To nominate, visit www.alw.org.uk/nominate where you can download forms or request a paper form - nominations can be submitted online or returned by post. Additional nominations forms can be ordered at www.niace.org.uk/alw/2009/order-nomination-forms.htm. The closing date for nominations in England is Wednesday 21st January 2009 (by 5pm). Nomination forms are also available on audiocassette and in other languages from the NIACE Campaigns Team. For your form telephone 0116 204 4200, or email alw@niace.org.uk.


Changes at DCMS, DCLG and DCSF

Andrew Vaughan has been appointed the new Head of Museums at DCMS, following the departure of Ben Cowell. Andrew is currently Head of Housing Market Renewal and Housing Growth Programmes at DCLG, prior to which he was Private Secretary to Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary at DCLG, and will take up post on 18 November. Stephen Carter, the Prime Minister's former Chief of Strategy, and previous Chief Executive of OfCom, has been appointed as Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting, working jointly for DCMS and the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform. Jane Cooper has been appointed Director of Communications at DCMS. Jane was previously leading communications at DCSF as interim Director of Communications since January 2008. She moved to DCSF from Her Majestys Revenue and Customs and has previously held senior communications positions in both the private and third sectors. For more information visit http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/media_releases/5580.aspx posted 20.11.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Arts Council Creates new independent organisation

Creative Partnerships - Arts Council England's successful creativity programme for schools - is set to become an independent organisation. The programme, which develops young people's creativity, has been developed and managed by Arts Council England since it began in 2002. Due to the huge success of Creative Partnerships the Arts Council has decided that its future is best delivered through a new independent organisation - Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE). Creative Partnerships has already worked with more than 750,000 young people and works intensively with 2,000 schools across England. Independent studies show that schools that work with Creative Partnerships improve their GCSE results faster, and that the scheme engages parents in their children's learning. CCE will receive more than 75 million from Arts Council England between April 2009 - March 2011, the largest single grant in that two year period. The new organisation will have its headquarters in Newcastle, where the cultural renaissance of the North East - led by such organisations as The Sage Gateshead, Customs House, Tyne and Wear Museums, Live Theatre, BALTIC and MIMA has created the perfect environment for the new national agency to grow. For more information visit http://www.creativitycultureeducation.org/ posted 20.11.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


A collective vision for rural Britain in 2020

What will rural Britain look like in 2020? Simon Berry, Chief Executive of ruralnet|uk wants to know and is taking an innovative approach to find out by asking people to contribute their thoughts and ideas online at a new website. Kicking off the process at the joint ruralnet|uk and Action for Market Towns conference in early October, Berry collected 'personal visions' from over 200 delegates and is now actively encouraging more people to contribute to this 'collective vision for rural Britain'. To find out more about this experiment in more detail or read through the visions to date, please visit http://2020vision.ruralnet.org.uk/ posted 20.11.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Reach Moves into the Final Stages of the Search for Role Models to Inspire Black Boys

The final 51 REACH role model candidates are being put through their paces this week as the final stage of the recruitment process for the REACH role model group kicks off........ The creation of the first ever Black Boy's National Role Model programme is part of a package of measures put together to help raise the aspirations and attainment of today's young Black men. As well as the national role model group the Government is currently taking forward a range of measures aimed at boosting the aspirations and attainment of Black boys and young Black men. 1 million has been made available to support these activities in their first year. The REACH report highlighted a number of barriers preventing some Black boys from fulfilling their full potential and recommended that these be tackled together to bring about the changes that are needed. The REACH Panel, comprising fashion designer and businessman Ozwald Boateng, entrepreneur Tim Campbell, founder and Director of Operation Black Vote Simon Woolley and Metropolitan Police Superintendent Leroy Logan are interviewing all 51 remaining candidates. The interview process will assess the candidates on a range of factors including their ability to inspire and lead others, to connect with young black boys, their presentation and communication skills, and their determination, drive and commitment to the REACH agenda. posted 20.11.08



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(DCSF) Tomorrow's business moguls get the chance to impress at live event

Government funds support youth ambitions Hackney's budding young entrepreneurs have the chance to win 3,000 to set up their own business at a live event based on TV's Dragons' Den concept. Mini Mogul, arranged and run by young people with support from the Government's Youth Opportunity Fund, will give young entrepreneurs aged between 13 and 19 (or up to 25 for those with learning disabilities) the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of adjudicators. Presented by the Youth Skills Network, which helps young people reach their career potential, the event takes place on the evening of 20 November, at the Ocean club in Hackney's Mare Street. There will be a surprise celebrity guest, food and drink, and the Dragon's Den style pitches will be filmed in front of a live audience posted 20.11.08



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HEALEY WELLBEING POWER IS FORGOTTEN TOOL IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

Councils have not used a legal power that could help their area ride out tough economic times, the Government warned today. Local Government Minister John Healey, in a letter to council chiefs, urged them to consider using this wellbeing power to support their communities during the current economic climate. New research published today highlights the low take-up of this legal power. The wellbeing power is a general power of competence permitting councils to do anything except raise tax to promote the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of their area. posted 20.11.08



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Heritage Counts 2008: the annual figures

As well as this year's focus on climate change, Heritage Counts also gives us the definitive heritage statistics. Now in its seventh year, it records, amongst many other categories, the number of heritage assets at risk, of applications for listed building consents, the numbers employed in museum and conservator services and - not least - trends in public funding for the heritage. This year, it notes that funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund declined by 28% and English Heritage grants by 27% in real terms between 2002/03 and 2007/08. This amounts to a total reduction in real terms of 100 million. Heritage Lottery Fund funding will fall by a further 43% in real terms between 2007/08 and 2012/13. It also covers data on participation through visiting memberships, and education. This year's report notes a significant increase in heritage participation among all adults (69.5% to 71.1%), black and ethnic minorities (50.0% to 54.6%) and people with limiting disabilities or illness (58.4% to 61.5%) between 2005 and 2007. Heritage Counts 2008 and the nine regional publications can be found at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/hc/ posted 12.11.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Green place poverty affects 1 in 4 in urban areas

One in four people living in urban areas suffer from green place poverty, according to new research for the National Trust. The Trust says that the survey shows that whilst regular contact with the natural world is hugely important to everyones quality of life, many people are missing it in their daily lives. Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland one in eight have suffer from green place poverty, meaning they have access to two or fewer green spaces. The top reasons given for visiting open spaces were to experience fresh air and space, for relaxation and to see wildlife. The Trust commissioned the research following debate launched at 2007 AGM on whether we should be doing more to protect green places from development. The findings show that 94 per cent of people think it is a good idea for the National Trust to get more involved in local green places. For more information visit: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-global/w-news/w-latest_news/w-news-green_places_poverty.htm posted 12.11.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Young People ask MPs Are you listening?

Young people from across the nation ascended on Westminster to tell an audience of 60 MPs and Ministers in the House of Commons what it really means to be a young British person in 2008. Young people from 17 cities united in their appeal to politicians and other opinion formers to listen to how they wish to be perceived as young British adults and what matters to them. They talked about their experiences in the Portrait of a Nation project and shared what makes the places they call home so special. The 17 youth ambassadors were representing their city and more than 3000 young people who have taken part in the two-year long Portrait of a Nation project, backed by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Liverpool Culture Company. The biggest youth project of its kind in the UK, Portrait of a Nation, has challenged young people to explore the impact their cultural roots have had on their identity and their hopes for the future as young British adults. Their journey will culminate in Liverpool, European Capital of Culture in December, where they will share their stories about their identity, their cities and fuel the debate, 'Who Do We Want to Be? For more information visit http://www.portraitofanation.net/ posted 12.11.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk



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New Study dispels "Lazy Teens" image

We want more to do' say seven in ten teenagers Poll results released today confirm that teenagers have had enough of being labelled as lazy and want the opportunity to do more positive things in their free time. More than 3,500 16 to 19 year olds - including some from Manchester and Liverpool - were quizzed about their free time as part of the nationwide Teen Talk survey. The poll was conducted on behalf of the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) by mobile network Blyk and is believed to be the largest ever SMS-based poll of teenagers' free time habits. It found that far from wanting to spend their evenings and weekends just hanging out, almost three quarters (72 per cent) of today's teens would rather be involved in positive activities1 such as football, dance, going to the gym, music and martial arts. Many teenagers are also keen to participate in youth groups and community volunteering. for more information see: We want more to do' say seven in ten teenagers Poll results released today confirm that teenagers have had enough of being labelled as lazy and want the opportunity to do more positive things in their free time. More than 3,500 16 to 19 year olds - including some from Manchester and Liverpool - were quizzed about their free time as part of the nationwide Teen Talk survey. The poll was conducted on behalf of the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) by mobile network Blyk and is believed to be the largest ever SMS-based poll of teenagers' free time habits. It found that far from wanting to spend their evenings and weekends just hanging out, almost three quarters (72 per cent) of today's teens would rather be involved in positive activities1 such as football, dance, going to the gym, music and martial arts. Many teenagers are also keen to participate in youth groups and community volunteering. For more information see https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=255801&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674 posted 7.11.08


MLA invites new grant applications for Their Past Your Future

The final bidding phase of Their Past Your Future 2 (TPYF2) launched on 3 November 2008. The Big Lottery funded programme is open to all museums, libraries and archives in England . Grants between 500 and 10,000 are available for venues to develop programmes, workshops, exhibitions and events that explore the ongoing legacy of 20th and 21st century conflict on people and places. The grants are designed to inspire inter-generational activities between younger and older people under the themes of remembrance and commemoration; identity; reconciliation; citizenship; diversity; asylum; conflict resolution and peacekeeping. The deadline for applications is the 16th January 2009. for more information see: http://www.mla.gov.uk/aboutus/grants


(DCSF) Disability champion calls for Liverpool teens to take action!

A teenage champion of disability issues has urged all young people in Merseyside to apply for Government grants to organise exciting activities in their local community. Jemma Towey, from Walton, helped to arrange arts and crafts projects and DJ workshops for other disabled teenagers at Clubmoor Youth Centre and Harthill Youth Centre in Wavertree through the Splice Project, a scheme which challenges preconceptions of disabilities. for more information see: https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=255178&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674

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Driving into Maritime Archaeology

HLF grant enables HWTMA to become driving force in heritage outreach with a maritime archaeology activity van. Archaeologists at Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology are excited to announce they have received over a third of a million pounds to promote greater public involvement in maritime archaeology. This exciting three year project will focus around the creation of a community outreach van which will be furnished with interactive displays, information and hands on activities to make learning about maritime heritage possible for all the community. For more information contact: http://www.hwtma.org.uk/education/index.htm posted 20.10.08


Blears invites ideas to improve local communities

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has called on councils to work closely with their residents to unearth new and innovative ideas to improve their local area and make places in which people want to live, work and raise a family. As part of the Sustainable Communities Act, the Secretary of State has invited local authorities to send in proposals on what central government can do to help improve the economic, social or environmental well-being of their local areas. The innovations put forward could provide local solutions to a variety of issues. For example, Communities could make proposals to: tackle climate change at a local level - cutting energy consumption or creating more green areas for communities to cultivate; strengthen the local economy - finding ways in which to support local businesses and producers and increase social inclusion, including an increase in involvement in local democracy. For more information visit http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/9931 posted 20.10.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Taking Part: England's survey of culture, leisure and sport

Data from 2007 of the Taking Part child survey produced by DCMS were released on 2 October. The Taking Part survey collects data about engagement and non-engagement in culture, leisure and sport. The survey includes a child interview for those households containing at least one child aged 11 to 15. In 2007, 2,454 interviews were conducted with children in this age group. The summary report begins by looking at what children do in their spare time, and cross-sector engagement. It then presents selected findings from each cultural and sporting sector in turn, including the overall engagement rate in and out of school lessons and the frequency of engagement. Finally it looks at variations by three population sub-groups gender, ethnicity and disability status. Also published are a series of accompanying workbooks including one on the historic environment. The workbooks compare Taking Part child data from the 2006 and 2007 surveys, and highlight any statistically significant changes. Amongst the key finding the report highlights that spending time with friends, watching television and listening to music were the three main activities children reported doing in their free time. Of all activities, spending time with friends, sports activities and playing computer games were given as the most enjoyable. Virtually all children had engaged in at least one form of cultural or sporting opportunity during the past 12 months. Overall, child engagement remained consistent between 2006 and 2007. There were, however, some statistically significant differences within population sub-groups: Boys were significantly less likely than girls to have attended arts events, participated in arts activities and visited libraries, but more likely to have participated in an active sport. Children from White ethnic backgrounds were more likely than those from Black or minority ethnic backgrounds to have visited historic environment sites, but less likely to have visited libraries. For more information visit http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/publications/5481.aspx posted 20.10.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Heritage Links Embracing Difference Website Launched

The new Embracing Difference website reports on Heritage Links two year diversity programme which came to an end in August. The programme ran across five regions, bringing together smaller voluntary heritage and community groups, building confidence in working together to broaden their audiences. It encouraged creativity, informal learning, networking and mutual understanding. Five projects were developed and supported as exemplars. Embracing Difference funded by English Heritage, has been a unique and groundbreaking achievement: hugely creative yet very practical. It has fulfilled one of Heritage Links key objectives to increase the capacity of member organisations. This programme has challenged us all to extend our commitment to diversity and shown the many innovative and different ways in which it can be done. The website is designed to help heritage organisations and community groups connect to each other and to provide support for heritage projects which involve, inspire and excite people. Visit the new site at: http://www.heritagelink.org.uk/diversity/ posted 20.10.08. This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


(DCMS) Andy Burnham launches debate on the future of libraries - putting them at the very heart of communities

In an online world, libraries should - more than ever - be at the very heart of our communities, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said today, as he launched a modernisation review of England's public library service. Speaking at the PLA Conference in Liverpool, Mr Burnham reiterated the value of the public library service in the digital era, and urged them to embrace their role as interesting, innovative places for the whole community. posted 13.10.08 for more information see



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Open to All: new training for museums and galleries

A training package designed to encourage museums and galleries to involve people with experience of mental health problems has been commissioned by a partnership of NSIP, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the V&A, Tate Modern, The Wallace Collection and Portugal Prints, and developed by the University of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire County Teaching PCT and the Lost Artists Club. It aims to help build the bridges needed between people with mental health problems, museums and galleries and the wider community. posted 08.10.08 For more information and resources see the NSIP website: http://www.socialinclusion.org.uk/work_areas/index.php?subid=109



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'Artistic expression' helpful for mental health

A research team, led by Jenny Secker, Professor of Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University and the South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has published a report on mental health, social inclusion and the arts. Collaborating with the project were senior researchers from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The findings from the report were made public at a launch based at the Tate Modern in London. For more information and report conclusion see DOC below. Download copy of full report as PDF below. posted 30.09.08




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Time off to take part - new opportunities for community volunteers

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears will this week outline plans to make it easier for more people, from all walks of life, to volunteer for key roles in their local community. Ms Blears wants to modernise the list of activities that entitle people to time off from work to better reflect the kind of roles available and encourage more people to participate - also helping to widen the pool of skills, expertise and experience available. Today's announcement marks the start of a new consultation flowing from the White Paper, Communities in control: real people, real power. posted 30.09.08



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Garden Of Opportunity For People With Learning Disabilities

A new horticulture centre that will offer training and work opportunities for people with learning difficulties has been officially opened by gardening expert Terry Walton. Mr Walton, the allotmenteer from Radio Twos Jeremy Vine Show, was on hand to launch the facility in Talygarn, Rhondda Cynon Taff, which has been funded by a 150,184 grant from the Big Lottery Fund. posted 30.09.08



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Free theatre tickets for young people

A new scheme to encourage young people to experience live theatre was unveiled today by Culture Secretary Andy Burnham. A 2.5 million programme - funded by Arts Council England, who will manage the scheme - will be focused on some 95 venues all over England. Each will offer a proportion of the tickets for arts productions on the same night every week - free - to anyone under 26 years old.



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Volunteering To Bring About Culture Of Change

A new pilot initiative is to promote volunteering with cultural organisations as a way to help the long-term unemployed get back into work. The 1.4 million North East Volunteer Programme will give unemployed people the opportunity to get involved with museums, theatre groups and a host of other cultural and sporting organisations in a bid to learn new skills and gain the confidence they need to find work. for more information see: http://www.onenortheast.co.uk/page/news/article.cfm?articleId=3300



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WREN Small Grant Scheme

The WREN Small Grants Scheme has been established to assist applicants looking for funding for small projects that can make a real difference to a local community. Funding applications between 2,000 and 15,000 will be considered with a total project cost under 50,000 and the project must be within 10 miles of a Waste Recycling Group landfill site. Types of projects which will be considered for the Small Grant Scheme include village halls, community centres, public parks, museums and playgrounds. For a full list of criteria please visit www.wren.org.uk/how-to-apply/small-grants posted 12.09.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


130m grassroots grants scheme opens its doors to small local voluntary and community groups

The Governments 130million Grassroots Grants scheme has declared itself open for business today and is calling on small local voluntary and community groups to come forward and get their hands on essential funding. The programme, funded by the Office of The Third Sector and administered by the Community Development Foundation, offers grants of between 250 and 5,000 to support activities that lie right at the heart of our local communities. Within the programme, the Government has set aside a 50million pot from which it will match endowment investments from businesses. This offers businesses the chance to contribute directly to supporting and sustaining the communities in which they operate. To keep the process as simple and easy as possible for applicants, the money is being distributed directly through local funders slightly larger local organisations already based in the community and selected because they are familiar with the needs and causes in each area. Details of the local funders can be found on the http://www.cdf.org.uk/bfora/systems/xmlviewer/default.asp?arg=DS_CDF_TECHART_23/_page.xsl/27&xsl_arg=//BF%5FCDF%5FPRA%5FGRT/&xsl_argx=3 or by calling the Grassroots Grants helpline on 01223 400 331. posted 12.09.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Listing of 25 historic buildings amended to highlight their links to slavery and its abolition

Speaking on the UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, Margaret Hodge, Culture Minister has announced new protection for four historic buildings and monuments linked to the slave trade, and upgrades and amendments for 21 others. The four new listings are in Watford, Milton Keynes, Hackney and Windermere, and the listings of another four - in Bristol, Camden Town, Stratford-on-Avon and Kingston-upon-Thames - have been upgraded. The remaining 17 buildings have had their listing descriptions amended to ensure their connection with the slave trade and special historic interest is adequately reflected. For more information visit http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/media_releases/5404.aspx posted 12.09.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Heritage takes its place in the Cultural Olympiad

When the bid for the London 2012 Games was short on references to heritage, built or natural environment in the Cultural Olympiad, it illustrated how the visual and performing arts could have dominated the perception of culture in the UK. Heritage Link's mission to redress the balance bore fruit when at the press launch of the Cultural Olympiad on 4th September, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announced its full programme, naming Heritage Link as a partner and its project Discovering Places as one of the major projects. Discovering Places. It takes its place alongside the other programmes: Artists Taking the Lead, which challenges artists to lead a celebration of excellence, diversity, innovation and multiculturalism; Sounds, led by the BBC, to celebrate music as a universal language in todays multicultural and multi-faith UK; Somwhereto, empowering young people to access spaces for their own activities; Stories of the World, celebrating the UKs vast range of museums; Film Nation, facilitating young people to make and deliver stories digitally; Unlimited, the largest ever celebration of disability arts, culture and sport; the World Shakespeare Festival, to celebrate Shakespeare as international property centring on exchange and collaboration; Festival of Carnivals, a programme of five major carnival in London and other cities; and the World Cultural Festival, involving all the Cultural Olympiad partners including a world cultural summit. Through these initiatives, London 2012 aims to put culture centre stage in the lead up the Games. The Cultural Olympiad focuses on bringing together culture and sport, encouraging audiences to take part and animating public spaces. It will use culture and sport to promote environmental sustainability, health and well being. The programmes aim to encourage collaboration and innovation between communities and cultural sectors, promoting learning and skills by linking with educational programmes. For further information see http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/cultural-olympiad/index.php. posted 12.09.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Small grants for voluntary sector to hold good practice events

GoldStar is calling for applications for small grants to hold good practice events in the community. It welcomes applications from organisations (or groups of organisations), that can demonstrate specialist expertise in working with volunteers from one of more of the following target groups Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME), disabled people or people with limiting long term illnesses and people with no qualifications. The events should be to promote and share good practice amongst other organisations. Successful organisations will receive a small grant of between 100 and 3,000, and there is a good practice events management toolkit available for free to everyone, which is full of hints and tips and templates to help organisations manage events. The closing date for the first wave of applications will be 29 August and the second on 26 September with successful organisations informed two weeks later. For more information visit http://www.goldstar.org.uk/SmallGrantsForEvents.htm l posted 01.09.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


New London Events Volunteering Calendar

Voluntary and community arts groups and event organisers in London can now advertise online for people to help - as organisers, stewards, participants etc. - using the London Events Volunteering Calendar. The London Events Volunteering Calendar is part of a set of new online resources at for volunteers, event organisers, and organisations created by Greater London Volunteering to help prepare for 2012 and the Cultural Olympiad. To post information about an event or to browse the latest London events go to www.eventvolunteers.org.uk. For further information about the 2012 Volunteering Legacy project and the new online resources, contact Colin Bowen, 2012 Volunteering Legacy Officer, on 020 7953 7226 or email colin@glv.org.uk posted 01.09.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Heritage Open Days, 11-14 September

Coordinated nationally by the Civic Trust in partnership with English Heritage, Heritage Open Days welcomes around one million people take part in the Heritage Open Days programme. Each year in September thousands of buildings open their doors free of charge. Many of these places are normally closed to the public, while others usually charge for admission. To find out more visit www.heritageopendays.org or telephone 020 7539 7907. posted 01.09.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Dame Liz Forgan DBE/RSA Britishness Lecture, 9 September

In one of the forthcoming lectures planned by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Dame Liz Forgan will address the identity issue. Liz Forgan, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund will argue that not only is a purely values-based concept of national identity too narrow to succeed, but that heritage has enormous power to bring communities together around disparate yet powerful ethnic links, provide a route into civic participation and foster a strong, inclusive national identity. For more information and to book a place at this event visit http://www.thersa.org/events/our-events/britishness-a-values-based-approach-is-not-enough Back posted 01.09.08 This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Princes Trust Helps Communities Cash In

Young people from across the UK are invited to apply for funding of up to 5,000 to carry out activities that benefit their local communities. Sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Princes Trust Community Cash Awards offers grants for people aged between 14 and 25 to carry out projects such as running a local magazine or holding sex education workshops in schools. www.princes-trust.org.uk/Main%20Site%20v2/14-30%20and%20need%20help/grants%20for%20community%20projects.asp posted 27.08.08


HLF recruiting now for Expert Panel

You may be interested to know that the Heritage Lottery Fund are currently recruiting for their Expert Panel. Details are on the Heritage Lottery Fund website at: http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/Articles/Projectinfocus.htm and the closing date for applications is 15 September 2008. They note that they welcome: "...applications from individuals of senior standing with substantial experience in their heritage sector. We also welcome individuals from the heritage sector who have expertise in learning, interpretation, training and skills; community participation, audience development and volunteering; environmental and financial sustainability. We are looking to appoint up to 11 Members". If you have any queries about this recruitment, please contact HLF directly using the contact details on the HLF webpage http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/Articles/Projectinfocus.htm . posted 27/08/08


Funding News: Foundation award for public libraries

A $1 million first prize is up for grabs in a global learning competition run by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through their Global Libraries initiative, the foundation is looking to reward the public library that has best helped to connect their local community to information by providing free access to computers and the internet. Deadline for applications 31st Oct 2008. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/GlobalDevelopment/GlobalLibraries/AccessLearningAward/default.htm


Consultation on the new Equality Framework for Local Government

DeA have produced an updated version of the Framework (http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/aio/8493290) for consultation they want views from local authorities that have implemented the Equality Standard, and the deadline is 10 September 2008. This new version picks up particularly on changes in local demography (including migration), and simplifies the process, whilst also broadening the definitions which includes the groups that enjoy legal protection against discrimination race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age but also encourages authorities to work with other groups who may face disadvantage and discrimination, such as white working class boys, looked after children and groups like Gypsies and Travellers whose needs have often been ignored. This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/ uploaded 03.08.08


Attitudes to mental illness 2008: research report

Findings of the latest survey of attitudes towards mental illness among adults in England. Available to download from DOH website. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsStatistics/DH_084478 This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/ uploaded 03.08.08


Local Wellbeing Conference

9 September, London Major, ground-breaking conference which will: * Explore how local government intervention in key service delivery and/or policy areas can contribute to greater public wellbeing * Determine the value to local government of prioritising wellbeing in service delivery and strategic planning * Showcase how to develop replicable practice to maximise wellbeing in the delivery of services. Good opportunity for input from the floor from MLAs. http://www.localwellbeing.org.uk/ This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/ uploaded 03.08.08


Sustainability and museums: your chance to make a difference

The MA is consulting its members about sustainability including social sustainability which raises issues about the relationships between museums and local communities and tensions between being local at the same time as being a visitor attraction. The summary document and the full consultation report are both available. Comments to the MA by 1 September. http://www.museumsassociation.org/asset_arena/text/08/sustainability2008.pdf This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/ uploaded 03.08.08


POLICY: Local Priorities Website

DCLG have produced a database of local priorities (as set out in the Local Area Agreements), searchable by local area (so, for example, if you click on your region on the map, you can then choose your local Council from the drop-down menu, and see what has been agreed as their priorities). http://www.localpriorities.communities.gov.uk/ This news item came from John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/ uploaded 03/08/08


youth work week 2008

The NYA has launched a new blog designed to stimulate and reflect activity around Youth Work Week 2008. The blog will include ideas for the week and provide the opportunity for people to add comments and ask questions around its theme of Promoting the Voice and Influence of Young People. There will be regular pieces from a variety of National Youth Agency staff reflecting on relevant issues and as the week approaches it will also carry details of local activities taking place and the linked event of Takeover Day on 7 November 2008. http://blogs.nya.org.uk/yww2008/


New Community Foundation Network Fund

The Community Foundation Network has unveiled a new fund offering philanthropists all the advantages of a private charitable trust but without the administrative overheads. Funded by Office of the Third Sector (OTS) and delivered by the Community Development Foundation (CDF), Grassroots Grants, which will run from 2008-2011, is divided into two parts: an 80m small grants fund for community organisations; and a 50m endowments challenge programme to enable local funders to generate additional donations on a matched basis and invest them in endowments. Details of the 50m challenge programme were first announced in April, when Hammersley said that it could potentially lead to the creation of over 1bn in endowment funds for local communities. It will be used to create a direct cash incentive for private philanthropists to give money to build up large cash funds on behalf of communities. The income from these funds is then managed by organisations, such as community foundations, to provide long-term, sustainable, financial support to a wide range of local community organisations and initiatives. For more information visit http://www.communityfoundations.org.uk/index.php his news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Jodi Awards Invite Nominations

Nominations are now being sought for the Jodi Awards 2008. The awards are for museums, libraries, archives and heritage venues that use technology to provide access to collections and learning for disabled people, e.g. websites, interactive objects, audio-guides, personal digital assistants (PDA) and virtual reality shows. This year, for the first time, museums, libraries, archives and heritage venues in Scotland, as well as England and Wales, are eligible for the Jodi Awards, thanks to the support of Museums Galleries Scotland, the Scottish Libraries and Information Council and the Scottish Archives Network. The deadline for nominations is 3 October, and the awards will be announced on 5 December at the British Museum. For more information visit www.jodiawards.org.uk This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Management matters: A national survey of volunteer management capacity

The results of the first national survey looking at the capacity of organisations to involve and manage volunteers have been published. The Institute for Volunteering Research spoke to over 1300 volunteer managers in organisations across England. As well as highlighting the dramatic under-investment in volunteer management, the survey explored the roles and positions of those who manage volunteers, it reports on the implementation of different volunteer management practices and issues that organisations face in recruiting and retaining volunteers. This is useful reading for the managers of volunteer managers and volunteer managers themselves. To view report visit http://www.ivr.org.uk This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


70 Million For Building Communities

A 70 million fund designed to support and develop local organisations that provide a vital focal point for community life in England has been announced. for more information see: http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/886884 The Communitybuilders fund, a joint programme between the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Office of the Third Sector, is the largest single initiative outlined in the Governments Communities in control: real people, real power White Paper. for more informa


Hazel Blears launches search for role models to inspire Black boys

A major national search to recruit Black male role models gets underway today as Communities Secretary Hazel Blears calls for motivational Black and mixed heritage men to take a lead in inspiring the next generation of Black boys to achieve and succeed. The creation of the first ever Black Boys' National Role Model programme is part of a package of measures to help raise the aspirations and attainment of some of today's young Black men. Hazel Blears wants to encourage Black and mixed heritage men from all walks of life to come forward and play a part in lifting the sights of young Black boys. for more information see: https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=246988&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674


Community Archives and Identities: website launch

The website/blog for the AHRC project 'Community Archives and Identities: Documenting and Sustaining Community Heritage', based at University College London is now live on: http://archivesandidentities.com/ The aim of the project is to investigate the role community archives play in supporting a sense of rootedness and identity amongst black and other minority ethnic communities in particular. The researchers are also interested in the role community archives play in raising awareness of these neglected histories in the wider public and challenging collective representations. How such projects can best be supported from both within and outside the mainstream archive sector is also a major theme of this research.


Tender Fund

The Tender Fund is a new Futurebuilders programme offering interest-free three year loans of between 3,000 and 50,000 to third sector organisations who need relatively small sums of money to help them tender successfully for specific public service delivery contracts. for more information see: http://www.futurebuilders-england.org.uk/content/Funding/TenderFund.aspx


Football Scheme Creating Chances For Communities

Superstars from the world of football are set to lend a helping hand to some of the countrys most deserving charities and local groups. Through Creating Chances, the Premier Leagues flagship community programme, 120 grants of 4,000 are on offer, with each of the 20 clubs also nominating one of their players to visit the winning successful group in their area and join in with their daily activities. for more information see: http://www.premierleague.com/page/CreatingChances


DCMS) Dance moves centre stage for more young people thanks to new link between schools and the dance world

More than 100, 000 has been set aside to enable Youth Dance England to continue their work as part of the PE and Sport Strategy for Young People, providing greater dance opportunities for young people. The Dance Links Scheme enables more schools and specialist colleges to link with local dance schools and professionals to provide a variety of dance experiences for their pupils. for more information see: https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=244881&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674


(DCMS) Margaret Hodge outlines measures to streamline cultural 'delivery' in the regions

For the first time, the Department's four key agencies in the regions - Arts Council England, Sport England, English Heritage and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council - will have a duty to work together to jointly deliver a core set of shared priorities across the culture and sport agenda. These priorities include: * Regional Strategies; * Local Area Agreements; * Local Government commitment to culture and sport; * Place Shaping; and * LOCOG liaison on 2012 and the Cultural Olympiad. This alliance, working with partners in local authorities, the Regional Development Agencies, and other partner organisations, will agree top priorities and create joint plans of action for the culture and sport agendas for their region. For more information see: https://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/detail.asp?MediaDetailsID=245868&HUserID=878,793,891,850,773,870,866,845,786,674,677,767,684,762,718,674,708,683,706,718,674


Access All Areas Project Coordinator

Catharine Bull has been appointed as the part-time Project Coordinator for Access All Areas, one of the major projects of the UK's four-year Cultural Olympiad. The project is being developed by Heritage Link for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), and it aims to bring a wide constituency into contact with heritage and the built environment throughout the UK. It will work people from across the sector to deliver activities and events to engage with a broad range of social groups, including young people. The project will start on a small scale in 2009, building to major events in 2011 and 2012. If you are interested in participating in Access All Areas, please email Catharine Bull at C.Bull@heritagelink.org.uk This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Entries for the 50th Civic Trust Awards now open

he Civic Trust gives four categories of Award: awards, commendations, mentions and special awards. Awards are given to schemes that are of benefit culturally, socially or economically whilst making an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment. Winners of Civic Trust Awards receive a certificate and a plaque for permanent display on the award-winning site. The closing date for entries is 2 September. All entries should be made online via www.civictrustawards.org.uk This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


New Fundraising Resource for Volunteers

The Institute of Fundraising has launched a new website aimed specifically at volunteer fundraisers. The Institute is the professional body that represents fundraisers in the UK and aims to support fundraisers, through leadership, representation, standard-setting and education to deliver excellent fundraising. The new website funded by the Office of the Third Sector and the Vodafone UK Foundation aims to assist both volunteer fundraisers and those fundraisers whose role it is to support and manage volunteers. To visit the site and for more information visit www.how2fundraise.org This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Morgan Inquiry into Young Adult Volunteering

he Morgan Inquiry has produced a report which looks at the real reasons for more young people to volunteer, and the barriers that prevent young people from doing so. It has produced a series of practical recommendations for change. Baroness Morgan of Huyton, in conjunction with a cross-party panel, held an independent inquiry on the future of young adult volunteering between the ages of 18 and 24. Amongst those supporting the Morgan Inquiry is The Scout Association (TSA), in conjunction with the All-Party Parliamentary Scouting Group (APPSG). The Inquiry ran from early 2008 for six months concluding in June 2008. For more information visit http://www.morganinquiry.org.uk This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


Childrens Groups Urged: Help Yourselves!

Grants of up to 1,000 are available in the latest round of the Help Yourselves! Awards Scheme. The programme, provided by Save the Children in partnership with British Gas, supports community-based projects that can make a real difference to young peoples lives, particularly those who live in poverty. The latest funding round in Phase Three of the Awards has been launched, with an application deadline of 11 July. Upcoming rounds to be held later in 2008 are expected to offer larger grants of 5,000 and 10,000 to communities suffering from severe poverty. The scheme is open to all UK-based, fully constituted voluntary and community groups. Applications can come either from a young person linked to an organisation, or from an organisation that works with children and young people. Statutory organisations can also apply, providing they do not already receive funding to carry out the proposed activity. Eligible projects must have a positive impact on the circumstances and experiences of young people and fulfil the following criteria: * Improve the life chances for young people. * Are led by young people at all stages, including planning and delivery. * Benefit the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society. Grants will usually be paid upfront in a single instalment. For more information about the programme, and to download application forms, visit the Help Yourselves! Award Scheme website http://www.helpyourselves.org.uk/helpyourselves/


Unprecedented investment in music education has the power to change children's lives

The government announced a radical new orchestral programme called In Harmony. Inspired by the hugely successful Venezuelan project El Sistema and chaired by world renowned cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber, children from the most deprived parts of the country will be taught musical instruments by charismatic, high quality music teachers. They will then be brought into full scale orchestras and encouraged to play live in front of audiences from an early age. Children as young as four might play concerts as part of these orchestras. Three or four areas will be chosen to launch initial pilots in the autumn. for more information see: http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=371342&NewsAreaID=2&print=true


Creating the future awards 2008

Last night the Accademy for Sustainable Communities announced the winners of the Creating the Future Awards, which ASC organises on behalf of Government. We also celebrated the Future Vision winners, applauding students with bright ideas about the future of places. for more information see http://showcase.ascskills.org.uk/


Natural England announces Access to Nature grants

Natural England has announced that its 25 million Lottery funded grant programme Access to Nature is now open for business. Access to Nature aims to provide lasting change to disadvantaged communities by focusing on helping people who currently have little or no contact with the natural environment. The grant scheme is open to organisations and networks who want to help broaden access to the natural world for young people, older people [a touch too PC?! Really should be younger and older, or young and old or else its everyone!], Black and Minority Ethnic groups, and people with disabilities. Natural England has been appointed by the Big Lottery Fund as an award partner, responsible for distributing 25m through the Access to Nature scheme as part of BIGs Changing Spaces programme. Access to Nature brings together the expertise of a unique consortium of environmental organisations to deliver the grants programme. Grants of between 50,000 and 500,000 will be available to fund projects across England on both a national and regional basis for both capital and revenue. In addition funding will be available for a select number of larger grants of over 500,000 for projects which have a national significance or impact. Applications for funding will run until June 2010. Projects need to be completed by September 2013. Full details of how to apply and details of funding are available at: www.naturalengland.org.uk/accesstonature This news item was from Heritage Link Update (see www.heritagelink.org.uk). This is a fortnightly e-bulletin that carries current news items on social inclusion and many key issues for the historic environment sector. If you wish to join the circulation list to receive it first hand email mail@heritagelink.org.uk


June is Britain's First ever Roma and Traveller History month

A FREE MAGAZINE containing EVENTS LISTINGS for the month is available to download http://www.grthm.co.uk/downloads/GRTHM_Magazine.pdf The 20-page full colour history and listings magazine is part-funded by DCSF and is packed with essential info about what's going on to mark this important event. There are also a variety of photographs, interviews and historical articles researched and written by members of the Travelling community.


Who Do We Think We Are? 23-28 June

This event is a new DCSF-funded initiative designed to help primary and secondary pupils explore identity, diversity and citizenship at local, national and global scales. It supports lessons in citizenship, geography, history and religious education, as well as the wider curriculum. The event will explore the following themes: school and community; relationships, belonging and faith; history and settlement and Britishness, national identity/values and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For further information go to http://www.wdwtwa.org.uk with thanks to Heritage Link for this news update


Arts Fund winner announced

The Lightbox museum and gallery in Woking has been awarded The Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries. A genuine example of grassroots action the museum was initiated by local people. The Lightbox mixes local history, the visual arts and inspiring architecture. Situated in the centre of Woking, it has become the creative hub of surrey, bringing a sense of excitement to the local community. For more information see: http://www.thelightbox.org.uk


Heritage Link Chairman to lead on Engaging Places

Heritage Links Chairman, Anthea Case, has been appointed by the Minister for Culture to chair the National Partnerships and Strategy Board for the Engaging Places project. Also a Commissioner for CABE, Anthea's appointment confirms the Government's education initiative will have a strong focus on the historic environment. It also recognises Heritage Link's long standing support to the project. Don Henson, leader of Heritage Link's Education Task Group is Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humberside Advisory Panel. The establishment of the Board as a national partnership of heritage and education organisations is a major step forward for Engaging Places. Over the next 3 years it will develop a network for schools and educators providing local support and resources. From September 2008 schools will be able to access an online resource to help them teach children and young people why buildings and places matter. Linking with the Find Your Talent programme, which is trialling different ways of offering children and young people a range of high quality cultural experiences for five hours a week, in and out of school; Engaging Places builds on research with schools and is designed to offer teachers practical, curriculum linked ways to unlock the educational potential of the built environment. Culture Minister Margaret Hodge welcomed the appointment and commented 'Every single one of us encounters the built environment every day as we walk to the shops or travel to work or school. It is important that we begin to see buildings or public spaces not just as concrete or bricks and mortar but as the key to unlocking a communitys history or identity.' for further information on Engaging Places: http://www.culture.gov.uk/ with thanks to Heritage Link for this News Update


Creative Apprenticeships Pre-Launch Seminars

Creative Apprenticeships is a scheme designed to create pathways into the creative sector for candidates with talent and ability but not necessarily academic credentials. To be launched in September 2008, the government-backed scheme, overseen by Creative & Cultural Skills, will be the first officially recognised apprenticeship framework for the creative industries and aims to encourage diversity in the workforce. The apprentice can specialise in a variety of areas, including cultural and heritage venue operation and community arts, which will be supported by government-funded education providers up to a value of 4,000. The apprentice is also paid by the employer, and is recruited through normal procedures, terms and conditions agreed between the employer and apprentice. Existing staff are also eligible. To find out more about the programme and the meetings or meetings in your area, please email Jennie Godsalve at jennie.godsalve@ccskills.org.uk or call 020 7015 1813 (thanks to Heritage Link for this News Update)


My City Too Manifesto for better spaces and places in London

The My City Too manifesto is drawn from a 2 year-long-campaign with the My City Too ambassadors from across London. Ideas have been debated and developed through surveys and polls, building exploration workshops, collaborations with architects and developers. The campaign findings are intended to aid future development in ensuring that young people are part of the solution rather than being perceived as the problem. The campaign is led by Open House the architecture education charity. For more information visit http://www.mycitytoo.org.uk/ thanks to Heritage link for this news update


Outcomes framework for museums, libraries and archives

MLA has just published this important (and useful) document, showing how MLAs can contribute to the new National Indicators. This Outcomes framework sets out, against the National Indicator Set, where MLAs can have the greatest impact, and thereby helps to strengthen the case for investment in MLAs. At the same time, DCLG wants to ensure that local authorities work within the context of the National Improvement and Efficiency Strategy (which sets out how central and local government will provide the support that local partnerships will need to deliver excellent Local Area Agreements). In order to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of culture and sport in the delivery of economic, social and environmental outcomes in local communities, the LGA has developed an improvement strategy for culture and sport . This Outcomes framework also demonstrates how MLAs can achieve this. The Framework takes the National Indicator Set outcomes to which MLAs can/do contribute: Stronger communities Safer communities Children & young people be healthy Children & young people enjoy & achieve Children & young people make a positive contribution Adult health & wellbeing Tackling exclusion and promoting equality Local economy. For each of these, it then charts: The relevant National Indicator The sectors contribution Evidence of the impact and/or best practice Datasets/suggested indicators. See Appendix for an example. This is a key tool for MLAs to use to help develop service provision and advocacy, linking our work into the national context. for more information see: http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/performanceframeworkpartnerships/nationalindicators/ with thanks to John Vincent at Network News http://www.seapn.org.uk/


Artists and places: engaging creative minds in regeneration

Why do so many new developments seem unimaginative and lack the qualities people enjoy in established places created in the past? And more importantly, what can we do about it? Artists & Places provides practical advice for clients and developers, drawing together the lessons learnt from PROJECT, a two-year scheme created by CABE and Arts & Business, in which artists were brought into the development process. Essays from prominent urban commentators explore why and how artists can make a difference, and six case studies demonstrate how the process works. An evaluation of the approach shows how value can accrue from engaging artists as development consultants. For further information see http://www.cabe.org.uk/ (thanks to Heritage Link for news)


Cultural Workplace Survey - Your Input Required

This is a major new piece of research which aims to develop a detailed picture of those working within the cultural and creative sector, their career paths, training and other work issues. Commissioned by the Cultural Leadership Programme and supported by the MLA, Arts Council England and Creative and Cultural Skills, the survey is designed to take no more than 15 minutes to fill in. The results will be published in late summer 2008. For further information and a link to the survey just click on: http://www.culturalworkplacesurvey.org.uk/ (with thanks to John Vincent at Network News.http://www.seapn.org.uk/)


BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN SCHOOLS ENCOURAGED TO DISCOVER LOCAL HERITAGE AND ARCHITECTURE TO BRING THE CURRICULUM TO LIFE

New creative learning programme for schools beginning in September 2008 Exploring the monastic ruins of Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, inter-acting with the futuristic design of Leicesters brand new John Lewis, or studying the layout of your local high street could be on the books for children as part of the Governments Engaging Places plan to offer schools ways to connect with their local heritage and architecture. Englands major heritage, architecture and built environment organisations, led by English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), have joined forces to trial and develop practical support to schools so that children and young people have more opportunities to understand why buildings and places matter. Linking with the Find Your Talent programme, which is trialling different ways of offering children and young people a range of high quality cultural experiences for five hours a week, in and out of school; Engaging Places is designed to offer teachers accessible, curriculum linked ways to unlock the educational potential of their built surroundings. Support available to schools from autumn 2008 includes: an on-line resource for schools providing a national database of heritage/built environment curriculum resources, developed by Culture 24 a national partnership of leading cultural and education organisations chaired by Anthea Case, Chair of Heritage Link and CABE commissioner, that will develop a network for schools and educators providing practical local support and resources over the next 3 years support the new curriculum increased support to Find Your Talent and the Learning outside the Classroom manifesto. The Engaging Places project will be taken forward by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and English Heritage over the next three years. for more information: http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/media_releases/5142.aspx


Funding News: Find your Talent hosts found

The ten areas chosen to pilot projects in a 25 million scheme to promote culture to young people have been named. From 141 applications to the Find Your Talent programme, 10 lead organisations from across England have been selected to test activities that aim to give children, no matter what background they come from, the opportunity to participate in cultural activities for a minimum of five hours a week. The ten successful lead organisations are: * Bolton Borough Council. * The Creative Foundation (serving Shepway District and including Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh). * Customs House (North and South Tyneside). * Hampshire County Council. * Leeds Children's Services. * Leicestershire County Council. * Liverpool City Region Partnership. * North Somerset. * Telford and Wrekin Council. * Tower Hamlets. Each area will be allocated 2.5 million over the next three years, with projects expected to start in September. Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said: Find Your Talent is a truly exciting initiative that could open minds and change young lives. Enjoying and exploring culture and the arts is not a luxury, or an add-on, for young people. Too many young people still leave school without ever really finding out what they could be good at: the things that could be the basis of a fulfilling life. These pilots will kick off the long process of putting that right. Their importance cannot be overstated." Children Schools and Families Secretary Ed Balls added: "Giving young people the opportunity to take part in cultural activities will not only enrich their lives - but also help them learn. Schools already offer many cultural activities in school hours, for example in music, art, and English in the curriculum, and there is already much cultural activity taking place outside school and beyond the school day. The five hour offer is about building on this and giving all children and young people the opportunity to take part in cultural activities. For more information about the Find Your Talent initiative, visit the Creative Partnerships website http://www.creative-partnerships.com/offer Source: DCSF, 29/05/2008


BASIS 2 launches to fill gaps in VCS support

Greater support is on its way to voluntary and community organisations across England, as the Big Lottery Fund today launches the second round of its BASIS (Building and Sustaining Infrastructure Support) programme with up to 50 million available to develop the sector. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/pr_070508_eng_bas_launch?regioncode=-uk&status=theProg&title=BASIS%202%20launches%20to%20fill%20gaps%20in%20VCS%20support


New Lower Limit for HLF "Your Heritage" grants

Your Heritage (3,000 to 50,000) Your Heritage provides grants of between 3,000 and 50,000 to support projects that relate to the local, regional or national heritage of the UK. HLF say they " welcome applications that help people to learn about, look after and celebrate heritage in a fun and enjoyable way." Find out more at http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/HowToApply/OurGrantGivingProgrammes/YourHeritage/


Disability Arts Online

Source: Simon Wallace) An online journal which reflects upon the lives of disabled people from the unique viewpoint afforded by the arts. DAO is involved in supporting deaf and disabled artists in their continuing professional development and as such, it profiles and reviews work as well as being a point for discussion of the issues involved in this area of work. http://www.disabilityarts.org/site


Cultural Olympiad

MLA and Culture24 want to capture all the activity across the country between now and the summer of 2012, and are pleased to announce that their database is now open for museums, libraries and archives to log details of their events and activities. Your starting point is to make contact with your regional Creative Programmer their details are available on the Cultural Olympiad website. http://www.london2012.com/plans/culture/now-to-2012/getting-involved.php


Public Libraries & Community Engagement

MLA have just published a key piece of research which has looked at the way that libraries are responding to community engagement. Ben Taylor and Russell Pask. Community Libraries Programme Evaluation: an overview of the baseline for community engagement in libraries. MLA, 2008 (ISBN-13: 978-1-905867-24-0). Available to download as a pdf (203 kb) from: http://www.mla.gov.uk/resources/assets/C/community_libs_eval_12857.pdf.


HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND - new developments, new processes and more support for applicants

On 7 April 2008, the Heritage Lottery Fund On 7 April 2008, the Heritage Lottery Fund launched their third strategic plan for 2008 - 2013 'Valuing our Heritage, Investing in our future'. The strategic plan looks closely at advice and support for applicants, maintaining our broad definition of heritage and continuing our grant programmes, Your Heritage, Young Roots and Heritage Grants. further guidance can be found on our website www.hlf.org.uk HLF strategy document can be found at: http://www.hlf.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/A004A1AC-6A34-4BC8-A17D-D8BF90A35DE7/0/ValuingourheritageInvestinginourfuture.pdf


HLF new strategic plan

Heritage Lottery Fund has just launched its third strategic plan,Valuing our heritage, investing in our future. "We have reviewed our funding in light of the impact of Lottery funding for the 2012 Olympics, as well as our own approach to committing funding in advance. Whilst competition for funds is expected to be tougher over the coming years, we will still be the largest source of heritage funding in the UK, and all main funding programmes will continue." For further information visit: www.hlf.org.uk.


The Winner of the Guardian Family Friendly Museums Award is.....

Weston Park Museum, Sheffield. The five-strong shortlist was: Dulwich Picture Gallery Manchester Art Gallery Shetland Museum Weston Park Museum, Sheffield Wolverhampton Art Gallery For more information go to: http://www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/the-guardian-award/


Unlocking the talent of our communities

This is a government committed to unlocking the talents, not of some of the people, but of all of the people. Consultation paper, seeking views on how to engage with whole communities, ahead of a White Paper on empowerment in England, which is to be published in the summer. http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/communities/pdf/712089


Working with hard-to-reach young people: a practical guide

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/214418/0057240.pdf (Source: The Scottish Government weekly round-up) Aimed primarily at youth workers, this practical guide looks at both the meaning of hard-to-reach (including the under-served) and ways of engaging with young people.


Theatre archives research

(Source: MLA NE News bulletin, 210, 10 March 2008) Arts Council England has commissioned Hybrid to undertake a study on the subject of black and ethnic minority (BME) theatre archives in the UK . The research considers how best to support the development of archives, particularly in relation to theatre archives. Initially the project aims to map existing archives, including those that may have stored objects but not feel that they have an 'archive'. For further information about the project contact Samina Zahir on 0121 270 8878 or e-mail samina@hybridconsulting.org.uk. You can download the questionnaire from the MLA North East website directly at: http://www.mlanortheast.org.uk/nemlac/resources/BMEArtsQuestionnaire200803.doc.


Private Investment in Culture Survey

Arts and Business have now published our Private Investment in Culture Survey online along with a 'State of the Marketplace Report' for 2008 identifying current trends impacting upon private investment in culture and some commentary from three leading industry practitioners discuss the changing nature of cultural and commercial collaborations. Robin Mannings explores the future of cultural and corporate collaboration in the digital economy Karen Earl compares the trends in the marketplaces of sports and arts sponsorship Martin Smith draws out the lessons that not-for-profit culture organisations can learn from investment in the creative industries More info on the link below: http://www.aandb.org.uk/render.aspx?siteID=1&navIDs=1,150,1125,1382


Young people to have a myplace to call their own

Beverley Hughes, Minister for Children, Young People and Families, this week launched myplace a multi million pound government programme to deliver world class places for young people to go. Channelled through the Big Lottery Fund, myplace will invest 190 million over the next three years in ambitious projects driven by the active participation of young people. This will support the Governments Childrens Plan pledge to provide exciting safe places for all young people to go to, and where people can engage in a wide range of positive activities such as sport, dance and music. myplace will award grants of up to 5m and local partners across the public, third and private sectors are urged to start preparations to take full advantage of this opportunity. It opens for applications on 6 May with the first investment decisions expected to be made by the end of October 2008. Application and guidance materials for the first funding round will be available from 6 May 2008. The deadline for fast track applications is 29 July 2008 and the deadline for the standard route is 30 September 2008. Full details of the proposed funding rounds and assessment criteria can be found at http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/



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DCFS Fair Play

MINISTERS CALL FOR: * CHILDREN IN DISADVANTAGED AREAS TO GET ADVENTURE PLAYGROUNDS * CITIES AND TOWNS TO MAKE PUBLIC SPACES MORE CHILD FRIENDLY * BACKED WITH AN EXTRA 10M ON TOP OF 225M ALREADY PLEDGED FOR PLAY Children across the country are to get an extra 3,500 play areas and 30 local authorities will get 2 million each to build new adventure playgrounds, as part of 235m Government investment on children's play.



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Impact of 2012 games on Lottery funding in London.

The Greater London Authority has published a report, The Impact of the 2012 Games on Lottery Funding in London. In their press release they said that although the capital would benefit from the Olympics, many organisations would suffer as a result of lost Lottery funds and smaller organisations would suffer most.



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Unlocking the Talent of our Communities

This document sets out the government's commitment to unlocking the talents, not of some of the people, but of all of the people and seeks views on the ways to make changes which give people locally more influence, control and ownership of local services such as employment, health, education and transport. It contains four sections: * improving deprived areas through regeneration and promoting work and enterprise * encouraging active citizenship, and reviving civic society and local democracy * improving local public services by involving local users and consumers * strengthening local accountability You can download the document from the government website below. They are inviting comment so it is a chance to shape future policy.

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/unlockingtalent

Britishness, Heritage and the Arts

Should cultural institutions promote shared values and a common national identity? The Institute for Public Policy Research was delighted to host a breakfast event to discuss the role of the arts and heritage sector in promoting shared values and a common identity. The event featured a keynote speech by Rt. Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Minister of State for Culture. click on weblink below to hear or read her speech. Issues of cohesion, diversity and identity have moved to the centre of public debate. With evidence of increased community tensions in some parts of the country and with immigration consistently at the top of the political agenda, the Prime Minister has argued that promoting a shared sense of Britishness is an important way of improving social cohesion and fostering good relations between people from different walks of life. This event explored the role of the arts and heritage sectors in addressing these issues. It asked: Do local and national cultural institutions such as our museums and galleries have a responsibility to promote social cohesion? Is promoting a shared understanding of Britishness the best way to do this? Is there a trade off between promoting shared national identities and embracing cultural diversity, or can the two go hand in hand? What are the practical implications of this agenda for those working in the arts and heritage sectors and those responsible for delivering community cohesion on the ground? The keynote speech was followed by a panel discussion with contributions from: Kwame Kwei-Armah, Actor and Playwright Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive, English Heritage Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery

see http://www.ippr.org/events/?id=3008

Scottish Social Attitudes Survey

They show considerable progress, but also that particular groups facing continuing discrimination: For the most part only a minority uphold a discriminatory outlook. But discriminatory attitudes are more widespread in respect of some groups than others. They are particularly common in respect of Gypsies/Travellers and someone who has had a sex change operation (a description designed to refer to a transgender person). Otherwise, they seem most likely to be expressed in respect of gay men and lesbians. Thereafter they are most widespread when people are asked about Muslims or about black and Asian people as a group. On the other hand, discriminatory attitudes are relatively infrequent in respect of the roles of men and women, age and disability. Even so, significant minorities can not only still hold stereotypical views about the kinds of work that women do, but may in certain circumstances still express discriminatory attitudes about older or younger people, or about someone with a disability, perhaps because of concerns about their ability to cope with the demands of a particular situation. [pp ix-x]

The 2006 Survey results have just been published - see: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/205755/0054714.pdf.

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British Social Attitudes

The latest report from the National Centre for Social Research has just been published - see: http://www.sagepub.co.uk/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book231969. As the press release indicates, our views on family life have become more liberal, there is widespread concern about the environment and inequality, but, for example, 36% of people think equal opportunities for black and Asian people have gone too far -

see: http://www.natcen.ac.uk/natcen/pages/news_and_media_docs/BSA_24_report.pdf

Devon Record Office LGBT Project

The Intercom Trust, which supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-sexual people and communities throughout the South West, has appointed a Heritage Project Co-ordinator to research the histories of individual people and create collections of archival material. Although this is not easy, it is possible to start with a few notorious case studies, such as that of Mary Hamilton, who posed as a male doctor and was tried at Glastonbury in 1746. The hope is that other stories will emerge to fill in some of the gaps in the picture. February 2008 is LGBT History Month, devoted to research into this hidden area of the history of the South West Peninsula. A travelling exhibition, 1967 and all that, will be on display for a time at the Record Office in Exeter.

For further details: The latest DRO Newsletter: http://www.devon.gov.uk/autumn2007.pdf The DRO Homepage: http://www.devon.gov.uk/record_office.htm

Council on Social Action

Just in case you havent yet seen this, the Government has just launched the Council on Social Action. "The Council will aim to generate ideas and initiatives through which Government and other key stakeholders can inspire, catalyse and celebrate social action. By social action, we refer to the wide range of ways through which individuals, communities, organisations and businesses can seek, through their choices, actions and commitments, to create change to address the social issues they care about."

See: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/third_sector/news/news_stories/071211_council_social_action.aspx.

The third sector ... local government performance framework

Would you like to know more about the new local government performance framework? This new document explains and sets in context strategies such as Local Strategic Partnerships, Sustainable Community Strategies, Local Area Agreements, and also spells out what the Comprehensive Area Assessment will look like.

The third sector: the crucial role of the new local performance framework. DCLG, 2007. Available to download as a pdf (657 kb) from: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/621274.

News on Our Place provided by The Network

For general information about social justice and museums and galleries, libraries, archives and other cultural and heritage organisations, see The Network - tackling social exclusion at http://www.seapn.org.uk . You can find membership details there plus the file of monthly Newsletters.


Historic buildings listed to highlight links to the abolition of the slave trade

DCMS issued the following announcement on 20th December 2007 concerning the listing of 18 historic buildings to highlight their links to the abolition of slavery With the recent ending of the bicentenary year of the abolition of the slave trade draws, Margaret Hodge, Culture Minister, announced new protection for 18 historic buildings and monuments linked to the slave trade. Margaret Hodge said: The listing of these buildings is a timely reminder of how Englands involvement in the slave trade is reflected in the built environment. It is important that we acknowledge all aspects of the slave trade, both the people who campaigned against it and succeeded in bringing about the abolition of slavery, and also the people affected by it, the Africans whose lives were disrupted and destroyed. I am pleased to say these new listings reflect this diversity, from prominent campaigners like Thomas Fowell Buxton to the unknown native of Africa commemorated in the graveyard in Shropshire.

Information regarding the English Heritage project to review listed buildings and acknowledge historic links to transatlantic slavery and the abolitionist movement can be found here: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.12888

Outside Edge - exhibition about black British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history

A small exhibition Outside Edge opens at Museum in Docklands on 7 February 2008 and is a journey through black British lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history of the last 30 years. The black LGBT community has been vibrantly active for a long time but has not always been well represented culturally. This display, which opens during LGBT History Month, seeks to redress the balance and acknowledge the presence of the black LGBT community. A study day is being held in conjunction with the display on Saturday 23 February and will explore Londons black LGBT history through talks, discussion and debate with Ajamu from rukus! Lynette Goddard, Historian and Steven G Fullwood, project director of Black, Gay and Lesbian Archive, New York.


Reducing inequalities

New report from the National Childrens Bureau looks at some of the issues that can be identified, which help predict a childs likely outcome in terms of social exclusion, and suggests some ways of beginning to address this.

Full details are: Leon Feinstein et al. Reducing inequalities: realising the talents of all. NCB, 2007 (ISBN-13: 978-1-905818-20-4). Available to download as a pdf from: http://www.ncb.org.uk/dotpdf/member%20only%20-%20phase%202/REDUweb.pdf.

Morgan Inquiry into youth volunteering

Baroness Morgan of Huyton, in conjunction with a cross-party panel, is holding an independent inquiry on the future of young adult volunteering between the ages of 18 and 24. Evidence should be submitted by 8 February 2008.

For further info, see: http://morganinquiry.org.uk/index.html