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Press release: Voluntary Arts wins coveted Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize for good governance

Voluntary Arts, the national representative body for arts participation, has been named the 2012 winner of the Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize for Best Practice in Charity Governance at a prestigious National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) conference on Monday 12 November 2012, which brought together around 400 charity trustees from across England.

Despite strong competition from 46 other voluntary and community sector organisations nominated for this year’s prize, Voluntary Arts was singled out for the launch of its Governance Handbook, a creative adaptation of the Good Governance: a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Robin Simpson, Voluntary Arts Chief Executive said:
“To be recognised for best practice in charity governance is a wonderful reward for our deliberate efforts to ensure that our governance is a model of best practice for the voluntary arts sector and is a tribute to staff, Board members and Advisory Group members, past and present, across the organisation.”

The Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize for Best Practice in Charity Governance has been established by NCVO in honour of the work done by Lady Winifred Tumim to improve the quality of charity governance. Lady Tumim was Chair of NCVO from 1996 to 2001 and during this time she worked tirelessly for the reform of charity law and strongly believed that charities should be driven by public benefit.

The prize was judged by the steering group for Good Governance, including representatives from the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA), NCVO and Small Charities Coalition (SCC).

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Notes to editors:

Voluntary Arts
Voluntary Arts is the national representative body for arts participation. Voluntary Arts raises awareness of the contribution that the voluntary and amateur arts and crafts make to the well-being of communities, social inclusion, lifelong learning, active citizenship and volunteering. www.voluntaryarts.org

For press enquiries, please email info@voluntaryarts.org or phone 029 20 395 395.

The Voluntary Arts Governance Handbook
The Governance Handbook was a result of Voluntary Arts’ organisational governance review. The Handbook was developed by creative writer Rachael Owens. www.voluntaryarts.org/governancehandbook.pdf

Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize
www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/winifred-tumim-prize

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Voluntary Arts is the operating name of The Voluntary Arts Network (VAN) which is registered in Scotland as Company No. 139147 and Charity No. SC020345. Registered Office: 54 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EH, Scotland, UK.