Saturday, 30 July 2016

...OH NO - it's the FAST-FOOD edition!!!

I’ll be very happy to be sharing the Recoverist Manifesto at the Rediscovering the Radical Festival, plus having conversations about radical arts/health on Thursday 1st September between 22:00 – 23:00. More details about the festival by clicking on the wonderful Richard Burton, above. 

This blog may be quiet for the next few weeks as your blogger 
e v a p o r a t e s........

Together we are Stronger
Arts commentator and former Great Ormond Street Hospital Arts Co-ordinator, Victoria Jones writing from Melbourne, comments that, ‘Arts in health is a growing global phenomenon but growth of the sector is hindered by insufficient profile…’ Victoria rightly comments of the competitive nature of our work, when we should be collaborating. Perhaps this reflects (In the UK at least) the cult of managerialism within the NHS and the drive to competition over compassion. The Francis Report identified a target obsessed culture, that   “focused on doing the system’s business - and not that of the patients,’ {…} ‘ institutional culture which ascribed more weight to {…} methods of measuring compliance (and) which did not focus on the effect of a service on patients”. It seems that our obsession with targets within health and social care, has blinded us to the very people we should be caring for and the all-prevailing ‘management culture’ that dominates this sector is mirrored in the arts and cultural sector too. Read Victoria’s article by clicking HERE.

In October and November I'll be facilitating two events around Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Culture and the Arts. Keep your eyes peeled for more details on this blog.

Funding for Projects that Address Urban & Rural Deprivation
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has announced that funding is available to support the work of local and national charities or not-for-profit organisations that address rural and urban deprivation within the UK. Within these two main headings, the Trust are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of:

• Community Support
• Arts, Education & Heritage
• Disability & Health Care.

There are three grants schemes. These are:
• The Large Grant Scheme, with grants of between £10,000 & £45,000 to cover capital costs
• The Standard Grant Scheme, grants of between £6,001 & £12,000 for revenue or one-off capital costs
• The Small Grant Scheme, grants of below £6,000 to cover capital and revenue costs.

In addition, the Foundation also has funding available to support capital projects at hospices throughout the UK; and for Village Halls and Community Centres. The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications at the beginning of February, May, September and November. The deadlines for submitting applications are generally 2 months before the date of a meeting. Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time. Read more HERE.  

...and here's that YUMMY FAST FOOD* compromise you've all been waiting for...

HRUK & SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants 
Heart Research UK (HRUK) is inviting applications from not for profit groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities through their SUBWAY/HRUK Healthy Heart Grants. Grants of up to £10,000 are available in different SUBWAY regions to for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease.The grants are available in specific regions at certain times of the year. In the past grants have been awarded to fund cooking sessions, theatre workshops, multi-sport activities, classroom based learning, circus skills, and tandem biking, etc. For details of the application periods for each region click on the oh-so scrumptious baguette above. 

Greggs Foundation - Local Communities Projects Fund 
The next application deadline for the Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is the 30th September 2016. The foundation is a grant making trust which distributes around £1.8 million per year to organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 a year who work to reduce the disadvantage of the most deprived people in the community such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people. The Foundation are more likely to make grants to local organisations based near Greggs shops. Please use the shop locator on the Greggs website to find your nearest shop. Read more by clicking on the egg mayo above!

* whilst your blogger is not immune to the delights of a quick-fix sarnie, he is in no way endorsing the slops that are served up as 'healthy' to people on the lowest income to generate profits to high street outlets, so that they can kid us all that they are doing good by putting money 'back into the community'. I put this on the blog because I know artists, and organisations trying to do good things, are strapped for cash.

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