Sunday, 24 July 2016

...Wau Wau

Boris Johnson? What more can I say? Leaving him to one side, we now have Karen Bradley as Culture Secretary - Yay! A Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, Karen has worked in public practice from 1991 to 2004, first for Deloitte & Touche and then for KPMG. In 2004, she became a self-employed fiscal and economic consultant. Karen rejoined KPMG in 2007, where she remained until shortly before her election to the House of Commons. 

The Department of Health remains under the safe stewardship of Jeremy Hunt, who will undoubtably continue his incremental privatisation of the NHS, but at least he has David Mowat as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care, who after graduating, qualified as a chartered accountant. He joined the consultancy firm Accenture where he became a global managing partner. Joining Jeremy and David comes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation, Nicola Blackwood who at least doesn’t seem to be an accountant and apparently is ‘a trustee of a special school academy near her home and the patron of several charities’. 

Project Co-ordinator (Freelance) for 
Lancashire Not Forgotten
Deadline: Friday 19th August 2016 at 12 noon 
Fee: £19,500 (inclusive of travel) 
Duration: 12 months, part time (3 days per week) 
Location: Burnley, Blackburn and Blackpool 
Lancashire Not Forgotten is a heritage and arts project which will recognise that people living with dementia, are a rich source of information and social history. The project will evidence that they have stories to tell and a rich life experience which if explored, recorded and shared can not only empower the individual, but potentially help us all to better understand the areas in which we live. We are a collaboration between Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council. It explores the strands of work, rest and play; one theme per authority and collectively unites communities through reminiscence borne of shared heritage.

The role is to coordinate the different elements of the project across the three authorities. It will involve liaising with venues, community groups and charities, artists and volunteers to ensure successful delivery of programmes of events in each locality and then the collection, documentation and sharing of the material produced and gathered.

Duties include:
•To arrange events at heritage and library venues in liaison with partners
•To recruit and manage artists and their production of artwork
•To co-ordinate, capture and document stories
•To liaise with families living with dementia
•To co-ordinate publicity and PR of events
•To manage partnerships
•To recruit, train and manage volunteers
•To train colleagues and staff as dementia friends.
•To arrange data collection and evaluation information
•To manage the project budget
For full job description and application details please email: Russell Tennant, Arts Development Manager, Lancashire County Council at

Digital Arts & Creative Ageing Fund
Deadline: 12pm, Tuesday 16 August 2016
Digital Arts & Creative Ageing is a collaborative grant funding programme developed by Nominet Trust and The Baring Foundation. This programme is all about improving engagement with the creative arts by older people across the UK, with the associated benefits to general health and wellbeing which such participation brings. This is an open grant funding programme. We are seeking strong and innovative applications from entrepreneurial-minded organisations that have already demonstrated the distinctive value that digital technology and the internet can bring to connecting older people with the creative arts – and the beneficial social outcomes offered by this broadening of digital engagement.

Digital Arts & Creative Ageing will provide funding and support to help you scale and sustain products or services that have already been trialled and have evidence of uptake, with the aim of developing their social, user and financial value. Applications are open to UK-based organisations, including for-profits, charities and community interest companies that work with UK beneficiaries. The open call for stage one applications closes on 16 August 2016, with selected organisations invited to stage two of the application process. The successful organisations will be announced in November 2016. If your application is successful, you can expect to receive:
•Grant funding for each project of up to £90,000 – depending on the requirements and the number of projects chosen for funding.
•Funder support for project delivery over an 18-month period.
•A support package including mentoring, marketing & communications advice and networking opportunities.
For full details and criteria, please click on the cherry blossom. 

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects 
The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 3rd October 2016. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is 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 now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered.

People’s Postcode Trust: 2016 Grants
Deadline: 30 Sep
People’s Postcode Trust exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. It will also consider projects which help different communities come together for the benefit of their local area. Registered charities in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500-£20,000 (£10,000 in Wales), whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000. Read more at:

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