Sunday, 19 February 2017

The "HEY KIDS" issue....

Hey Kids - no need to be worried - there are just a few things I'd like to share this week, as I dash around like headless chicken! So if you're a Space Entrepreneur, a Youth Activist or a European dedicated to the positive development of young people - step forward and bang in a bid before the deadline. Who knows the projects you could devise. 

Competition to uncover space entrepreneurs of tomorrow 
Young people between the ages of 11 and 22 have until the 7th March 2017 to come up with ideas on how to use satellite data to improve life on Earth. The SatelLife Challenge, run by the UK Space Agency is looking for inspirational ideas from either individuals or teams linking satellite and space data and its application to everyday life. Examples could include:

  Using satellite data to tackle loneliness amongst elderly people
  Looking at changes to green spaces in towns
  Identifying exercise routes based on traffic flows.

The competition aims to support the development of science, data handling and technological skills and is split into three age groups (11 -16; 16 -18; 18 -22), there are five prizes of £5,000 for each age category with an overall winner receiving £10,000. The winners from each category will be able to pitch their idea to a panel from the space sector who will offer prizes, which could include mentoring, work experience and even the development of the idea into reality. Read more HERE.  

Youth Social Action Programme open for applications 
Registered charities, community groups and social enterprises in England can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 through the Youth Social Action Fund. The fund is part of the #iwill campaign and administered through local Community Foundations.  The campaign aims to increase the number of people between the ages of 10 and 20 years (25 for disabled people) who take part in youth social action. This can include campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. The funding is available to organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000. Applications deadlines vary but are in general the end of February and early March. For more information on the application process, please click on the link below and then on the link for your local Community Foundation. Click HERE.

European Youth Foundation Grants 
The European Youth Foundation (EYF), which is an independent, international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to the positive development of children and young people has announced that the next deadline for applications to its grant making programme is the 1st April 2017. Two types of grants are available during this funding round. Grants of up to €20,000 for international youth meeting of young people or youth leaders; and grants of up to €50,000 towards an organisations / networks work programme for the following year. Read more HERE.

...and if you are easily upset, please don't click on the video below, which contains scenes of an unsettling nature. were warned!


Saturday, 11 February 2017


Dementia & Imagination: Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Interventions             
You’ll see - over there on the sidebar - there’s a Yellow Book. I’m pleased to publish one of the outputs of Dementia & Imagination, which is a research informed handbook for visual artists working in a dementia context. This handbook is not a tool-kit of prescription exercises to deliver visual arts projects, and it’s not an evaluation guide - there are enough of those out there already! What it is, is one result of a research project and is intended to be used by artists and other people who plan to deliver arts-based activities with people who are living with dementia. It is a set of useful ideas and recommendations that come from a robust research project setting out some foundations for developing visual arts projects with and for, people affected by dementia.

It is designed to be as accessible as possible. In it you will find information about the Dementia & Imagination project; some key ingredients for delivering research-informed visual arts projects; case studies, a set of guiding principles, quotes from people involved in the programme, and some recommendations. By clicking HERE you can also download a write up of the Research Protocol that has been published in the BMJ Open, and the Methodological Approach published in Cultural Trends. The handbook is freely available online and we’ll have hardcopies available soon, more details of which will follow on this blog or at the D&I website. 

Age UK - the Index of Wellbeing in Later Life 2017
Being 'creative' and 'open' boosts wellbeing in later life Age UK's Wellbeing Index finds that age isn't a barrier to living well. The Wellbeing in Later Life Index, developed by Age UK and the University of Southampton, analysed data from 15,000 people aged 60 and over to measure the wellbeing of the UK's older population. It looked at how people were doing in different aspects of their lives under five key areas ' social, personal, health, financial and environmental. Overall it showed there is no 'magic bullet' for positive wellbeing in later life and that instead, a whole host of factors under each of the key areas play a part in contributing to a person's overall sense of wellbeing. Find outmode and read the full report HERE.
The Value of Cultural Learning
The Arts empower children & improve life chances. The Cultural Learning Alliance has published its new core document ImagineNation: the value of cultural learning.  The document pulls together all the available evidence on the impact of the arts and culture to children’s lives, alongside quotes, stats and arguments from a wide range of sources including the Bank of England, LEPs, Police Commissioners and the Children’s Commissioner, parents, teachers and UCAS.  The document can be used to help make the case for the importance of arts and heritage in the lives of children, young people and their families. Click HERE.
1. Participation in structured arts activities can increase cognitive abilities by 17%.
2. Learning through arts and culture can improve attainment in Maths and English.
3. Learning through arts and culture develops skills and behaviour that lead children to do better in school.
4. Students from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree.
5. Employability of students who study arts subjects is higher and they are more likely to stay in employment.
6. Students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are twice as likely to volunteer.
7. Students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are 20% more likely to vote as young adults.
8. Young offenders who take part in arts activities are 18% less likely to re-offend.
9. Children who take part in arts activities in the home during their early years are ahead in reading and Maths at age nine.
10. People who take part in the arts are 38% more likely to report good health.

Alder Hey & Twin Vision
This films below shows the process oncology patients from unit 3B at Alder Hey took, to make an educational animation as a tool for newly diagnosed patients. The animation will help support new patients to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings and offer a fun introduction through an animation made for young people by young people. You can see the final animated film, by clicking HERE.

The Mindful Museum
Over the past four years Manchester Art Gallery (MAG) has been developing mindfulness activities across their learning programmes with a range of audiences, exploring just how this valuable skill can be employed in the appreciation of art. In this way, they have helped people to engage more fully with their permanent collection as well as with the special exhibitions. In encountering familiar works as well as art that is entirely new to them, participants have been able to reflect upon the importance of their own mental health. As The Mindful Museum, they have launched a programme of events, seminars and training sessions around art and mindfulness. Click HERE to find out more.

#iwill Youth Social Action Fund 
A £50 million investment as part of the #iwill campaign, coordinated by Step up To Serve, has been launched to help increase the number of young people taking part in social action. The ‘#iwill Fund’ is made up of a £40 million joint commitment by the UK Government and Big Lottery Fund, boosted by Comic Relief; Pears Foundation; and UK Community Foundations. These match-funders will invest an additional £9.6 million to the #iwill Fund. Click HERE.

Funding for artists & bands 
PRS for Music Foundation has announced that the next application deadline for the Momentum Music Fund is the 21st February 2017. The Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5,000-£15,000 for artists/bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing. Click HERE.

Опубліковано запис нападу на виставку художника Чичкана з камер спостереження
Last Tuesday, February 8, a group of masked men and women attacked the Visual Culture Research Centre (VCRC) in Kiev, destroying an exhibition by the Ukrainian artist David Tschitschkan. The VCRC has repeatedly been criticised and attacked by right-wing extremists in recent years. David Tschitschkan, born in 1986, represents of a new generation of artists in Kiev and positions himself as an anarchist. This exhibition revolved around the question of what the impact of the Maidan protests of 2013-2014 could have been, and included drawings depicting right-wing nationalists on both sides of the Eastern-Ukrainian front line, each using identical slogans, differing only in the language used: Ukrainian or Russian. (Thanks to MP and ArtNet)

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Saturday, 4 February 2017


The numbers of visits to this blog and messages about its content, has been steadily rising over the last 7 years, with an average of 7000 visits of five minutes or more each month. So a big thank you to all of you who drop by in this uncertain world, for a bit of light music, a not-so-gentle prod at neo-liberal arts and health appropriators - and just one or two pieces of incoherent rambling (oh, and funding, conferences and jobs too). Anyhow,  thank you - and thanks for the messages of solidarity too!

This week I hoped to consolidate some of the Dementia & Imagination event into a blog posting, but in all honesty, it's a far bigger job than that, and after such a rich event at Wellcome, I'll put a bit more effort into it, consolidate some of the key messages/outputs (including our free research informed handbook for artists) and get it all online, just as soon as humanly possible.

I did get to share a couple of artistic outputs alongside many of the artists involved in the research project, and am bursting to share! The image below is just a taster to whet your appetite. Its key messages distilled from research data focus on:

As well as the ground-breaking Access Programme at MoMA curating the exhibition Dear Mr. President, The Museum of Modern Art has made some strong curatorial decisions this week and 'in one of the strongest protests yet by a major cultural institution against President Trump’s executive order on immigration, the Museum of Modern Art has rehung part of its permanent collection with works by artists from some of the majority-Muslim nations whose citizens are blocked from entering the United States.' You can read more by clicking on the painting by Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, K+L+32+H+4. Mon père et moi (My Father and I) (1962).

Dancing in Damascus
I've not read this book yet, but it's the top of the pile to read! "The reaction to revolution in Syria was cultural as well as political. Independent radio stations and newspapers blossomed alongside popular poetry and street graffiti. This is a story largely untold in the west: who knew, for instance, of the full houses, despite bombardment, during Aleppo’s theatre festival in 2013?

Dancing in Damascus by Arabist and critic miriam cooke (so she writes her name, uncapitalised) aims to fill the gap, surveying cultural responses to revolution, repression, war and exile. Dancing is construed both as metaphor for collective solidarity – the anarchist Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, it isn’t my revolution” – and as literal practice. At protests, Levantine dabke dance was elevated from folklore to street-level defiance, just as popular songs were transformed into revolutionary anthems."

To read this review in full, click on the photograph of a scene from Queens of Syria, which director Yasmin Fedda incorporated into her prize-winning documentary. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian.

Each year I support masters students from the Manchester School of Art across a range of disciplines, to explore health themes. This year has had a focus on ageing and the group are curating an exhibition in the Manchester Craft & Design Centre on 23rd and 24th February. Come along and meet the makers and have a chat, or take part in the workshops. See the flyer below for more details and follow @LossInheritance 

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme
Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to three years through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The grants are available for projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:
. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability
. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
. And / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
The closing date for applications is the 1st March 2017. Read more HERE.  

Funding for Innovation in the Circus Arts
The National Centre for Circus Arts has announced that the Lab:time programme has re-opened for applications. Lab:time is the Centre for Circus Arts programme for innovation and experimentation in the Circus Arts and is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Through Lab:time individual artists and companies are able to secure research and development time in the Creation Studio at the National Centre for Circus Arts, as well as small but significant amounts of seed funding to support the first stages of exploration. It is hoped that by offering artists the means to explore their ideas at the very beginning of the creative process critical mass of creative development will be generated that will, over time, generate an increase in the quality and quantity of new circus-based performance across the UK. The deadline for applications will be 5pm on the 16th March 2017. Read more HERE.  

How do we care in the 21st Century? What can be automated and what needs a human touch? Co-created by young carers and artists Annette Mees & Tom Bowtell, Hidden is an immersive show over three floors, made with young carers, exploring ideas about the future of caring. Hidden asks you to decide what the future should look like. Last few days of performances, this week.
Tickets and more details available by clicking on the image above.
The Horsfall at 42nd Street - Manchester

Grants to help new, innovative visual arts projects
The Elephant Trust has announced the next deadline for applications is the 10th April 2017. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. Read more HERE. 

WHSmith Community Grant 
Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust. The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates.
There are two application rounds each year. The deadline for the current funding round is the 31st March 2017. The next deadline will be the 30th September 2017. Read more HERE. 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

No prizes for guessing who this is about! But you may be wrong - if you’re thinking it’s the pop-eyed Oberbürgermeister der Künste und Gesundheit, or his leather-fisted crony — we’ll save our vitriol for another day for that talentless fraud. 

From ‘extreme vetting,’ to wall and pipeline building - committing to dismantling progressive healthcare reform with its inevitable impact on women seeking terminations - the US is looking pretty bleak. I noticed too that, he has signed an ‘executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States – developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new tools, developing resources for our men and women in uniform. And I’m very proud to be doing that.’

Not one for the youtube ‘viral’ videos, I couldn’t help watch, (and subsequently break into a confused and frustrated smile over) the ‘bad lip-reading’ video of donald. Awful and cathartic (slightly). Click on the repellent man to view it.

Next week I'll try to put donald to one side, and hope to post a little Dementia & Imagination special, following a showcase of some of our research at the Wellcome Trust on Tuesday this week.
Photographer and animator Tamzin Forster started her project as a New Year’s Resolution in 2016 and credits her creative combination of running and photography with helping her to combat stress. 
Read the details about her forthcoming exhibition by clicking on the flyer below. 

National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing 
The All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry has hosted 13 round tables which have involved over 350 artists, participants, providers, academics and other stakeholders making presentations to parliamentarians, or contributing to Q&As as audience members. There were approximately 200 submissions of practice examples, many of which will be cited in the Inquiry Report. Already the Inquiry is proving to be a fantastic opportunity for the sector to have their voices heard. The Inquiry Report will be launched in Parliament on 13th June and will be the subject of Lord Howarth’s keynote at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference in Bristol the following week.

Grzegorz Rogala and Joanna Krzyszton at LEVEL
The commitment to showcasing the work of international artists at the LEVEL Centre, Rowsley continues apace with a series of installations by Polish artists Grzegorz Rogala and Joanna Krzyszton. For 2 weeks from Friday 10 February the Warsaw artists will invite audiences of all abilities and ages to come and animate the installations, including groups from across the county with learning disabilities (LEVEL’s primary audience). Friday 17 February, 6.30-9pm is the Showcase Event, when local artists and audiences are invited to the LEVEL Centre to view and interact with the installations. The Thursday 16 February showcase is an open event with no need to book, but those interested in attending the weekday daytime shows should pre-book by telephoning the Level Centre on 01629 734848 or emailing

Ashley Family Foundation Grants Programme re-opens
(England & Wales)
The Ashley Family Foundation, which supports projects that protect rural communities and encourage participation in the arts, particularly textiles, has announced that the next funding round will open for applications in February 2017. Priority will be given to small scale arts projects in England and Wales. The Foundation also welcomes proposals from small scale community textile museums/organisations. No minimum or maximum funding levels are given but potential applicants should call to discuss their ideas before applying. Details HERE. 

Funding for charities to develop an effective web presence (UK)
The Transform Foundation has funding available to help charities to develop an effective web presence. In collaboration with Raising IT, the largest UK provider of charity websites, the £18,000 funding package will help:
  • To equip charities with the technology to transform their organisation
  • A digital engagement focused strategy to futureproof the charity
  • A professionally designed website to inspire supporters
  • Measurement built in to help the charity track results and maximise impact.

The grants will cover 100 per cent of the upfront costs which means that grant recipient will only need to fund ongoing costs. To be eligible, applicants must have an income of between £400,000 and £20 million. (Organisations outside of this income range may apply, but depending on the nature of the project, a preliminary discussion may be required to determine whether it is appropriate). The first step is to submit an online application. Charities will hear back in one week whether they've been selected for stage 2. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until at least the first half of 2017. Read more by entering the green void below.

                                                                          All Will Be Fine

Friday, 20 January 2017

Dear Mr. President

What on earth can you say that adds anything new to the debate surrounding the election of Donald Trump as US President? Nothing pithy springs to mind, just a compounded disbelief following the UK's Brexit vote, that nothing could be worse - only it is - and we've only just begun. It feels like we're inhabiting the world of fiction peddled in the Marvel comics of my childhood, where a deranged business magnate holds the world to ransom. Worse still, is the sobering reality that he represents a fair sway of the population. Of course, art and artists will reflect this time explicitly and in rather more nuanced ways, and this week I got sight of something rather remarkable that puts a marker down, here and now, in this time and space.

Art by Sammy Ho in Dear Mr. President (image courtesy YAI Arts and MoMA)
Carrie McGee, Assistant Director, Community and Access Programs, MoMA; Rebecca Goyette, Teaching Artist, MoMA; and Anna Schechter, Supervisor, Clinical & Family Services, YAI are the team behind an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York that deserves wide acclaim.

"For 60 years, YAI has supported people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving the fullest life possible by creating opportunities for living, loving, working, and learning. One such opportunity is YAI ARTS, an open-studio program that encourages adults to promote their artistic voices and become working artists. Over the past three years, MoMA’s Access Programs and YAI ARTS have collaborated on an extended partnership."

"This year, the inspiration for the artists’ work was the 2016 presidential election. The artists discussed their thoughts about the future of our country and created portraits of political figures past and present. After the election, many of the artists wrote letters to politicians to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are respected during this time of change. Visitors are encouraged to follow this example and advocate for their political beliefs by sharing their feelings on a collaborative wall, featuring open letters to the president that will be mailed to the White House when the exhibition closes."

This is important work - it's personal, potent and political. Most of us will have heard the sexist, misogynist and racist abuse, and seen the blatant nepotism unfolding, but remember the Presidents oh-so subtle mimicry of the New York Times journalist Serge F. Kovaleski, who has a disability. This is an exhibition to see. You have until February 12th.

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Meanwhile, back in Albion, and on a slightly less nuanced note, our very own Billy Chyldish has knocked out a few posters to celebrate everything Trump. 

Visitors who visit the Arts for Health HQ will have seen one of the less (how shall we say) offensive posters emblazoned across the office wall, sitting proudly next to one of pumpkin-headed, right wing twerp, Farage. If you want to see the full range of Childish imagery and aren't easily offended, click HERE.

That's all from me. I give up. Goodbye.

Friday, 13 January 2017

...and it's alright

A very slight blog for you today, as your blogger becomes lost in the anaesthetic fug of day-to-day irrelevancies. The moon was beautiful this last week, permanent by comparison to all this living. When I’d spent too long staring at it early one morning, the stars that hid behind it, made the thought even more dizzying.

The big Dementia and Imagination event is taking place at the Wellcome Trust on the 31st January and it promises to be a hum-dinger. If you're near the capital, or jetting into the UK, sign up for a day full of workshops and some talking heads - including my own, and where I'll share some thoughts on beauty. To find out more and register for a free place, contact Iona Strom: or Telephone (01248) 383050

Applications for Clore Fellowships 2017/18 are now open
Are you an exceptional individual with the potential and desire to lead within culture? Or do you just think you are? The Clore Fellowship brings together some of the most creative and dynamic cultural leaders in the UK and beyond for a life-changing adventure - but not white-water rafting - it is an intense personal and professional learning experience unlike any other in the universe. The Fellowship will support you to be the leader you have the potential to be, through in-depth learning tailored to your individual and special needs, aspirations and circumstances. To find out more and to apply click HERE. Deadline for Fellowship applications is noon, 13 February, 2017 

Funding for music making projects 
Youth Music, England's largest children's music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects, has announced new application deadlines for its grant making programmes. Grants are available to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people up in challenging circumstances as well as projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector. The types of organisations that are eligible to apply include charities, not for profit organisations and schools. Schools will however have to justify how to activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding. The closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5pm on the 7th April 2017 and to Fund B the 12th May 2017. Fund C is currently closed to applications. Read more HERE.

European Youth Foundation Grants 
The European Youth Foundation (EYF), which is an independent, international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to the positive development of children and young people has announced that the next deadline for applications to its grant making programme is the 1st April 2017. Two types of grants are available during this funding round. Grants of up to €20,000 for international youth meeting of young people or youth leaders; and grants of up to €50,000 towards an organisations / networks work programme for the following year. Read more on funding & the application criteria HERE. 

Below is a picture of a tree.
An extraordinary picture of a tree.
It's by Beth Moon. 


Saturday, 7 January 2017

John Berger or Jeremy Hunt? ...just a thought

John Berger
There’s been enough coverage of the death of John Berger this last week, and this blogger can’t compete with the press coverage, so just an acknowledgement that he was an important (not perfect) presence in our cultural landscape this last 60 years or so. Yes - Ways of Seeing was his seminal work, but for me the less hyped A Fortunate Man offers us (you and me) a way of thinking, being and doing that should illuminate a more nuanced way of understanding the arts and health.

On his Booker Prize winning in 1972 - the fact he gave 50% of his winnings to the Black Panther Party was just perfect. In his acceptance speech he’d drawn attention to its sponsors, Booker McGonnall, who had generated much of their wealth, from 130 years of trading in the Caribbean. "The modern poverty of the Caribbean is the direct result of this and similar exploitation," he said. On the Black Panthers, he explained, "the black movement with the socialist and revolutionary perspective that I find myself most in agreement with in this country.” He kept the other half to work on a study of migrant workers with photographer Jean Mohr. Double prefect.

“The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied … but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.”
John Berger

Jeremy Hunt - to bury or to praise?
With our dear old NHS in meltdown and the Red Cross declaring the state it's in as a 'humanitarian crisis,' the Government must take the blame, with it's culture of competition over compassion. At Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said on Friday that it was investigating two deaths at Worcestershire Royal Hospital's A&E department in Worcester in the last week a patient died after suffering a cardiac arrest on an A&E trolley within the department after waiting 35 hours for a ward bed elsewhere in the hospital. Something is rotten at the heart of politics and Jeremy Hunt should be called to account and not lauded as some patron saint of arts and health.

“Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties. S/he must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed; the keenness to recognise it, although it is everywhere concealed; the skill to manipulate it as a weapon; the judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective; and the running to spread the truth among such persons.”
Bertolt Brecht in 
Writing the Truth, 1935

For those of you who missed the last two weeks blog postings, if you have the inclination to scroll down, you’ll come across all sorts of unimaginable horrors including archive footage of arts/health narcissists, tempered by the delights of Alan Bennett and Pauline Boty and rounding off with gouttes anti-odeur de merde! Not to be sniffed at - go on - scroll down - give it a look!

Ragdoll Foundation Open Grants Scheme 
The Ragdoll Foundation's Open Grant scheme supports not for profit organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. Grants of up to £50,000 are available. However, the Foundation states that the majority of grants awarded are likely to be in the region of £5,000 to £20,000 and cover between 25% and 80% of total costs of the project. The Foundations is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more HERE.

Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity Grants 
The next deadline for applications to the Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity is the 20th January 2017. The Charity provides grants to registered charitable hospitals and hospices across the UK to enhance and enrich the quality of life of sick children in hospitals. Read more HERE.

Lloyds Bank Foundation
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, which provides funding to charities for projects to help people break their cycle of disadvantage, has announced that its "Invest" grants programme will re-open for applications on the 3rd May 2017 and will close on the 16th June 2017. “Invest" is a flexible, long term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. “Invest” grants are from £10,000 up to maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period - up to six years in total. Invest grants fund core running costs such as rent, heating, lighting and management costs etc, as well as project delivery costs such as salaries, recruitment, volunteer expense and training, etc. The Foundation also runs a smaller "Enable" programme which provides grants of up to £15,000 for up to 2 years for activities relating to organisational development such as leadership and governance, improved systems and demonstrating outcomes. Applications to the "Enable" programme can be made at any time. Read more HERE.

Question of the week: What is a sop?  
Answer: A thing of no great value.