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Health and safety for lone and remote workersWriting for the webMaking committees work for youData Protection Act 1998Creating engaging content for social mediaWays to engage with the Scottish ParliamentEvents checklist – disability and accessUsing copyright music – do we need a licence?Social media – in policy and practiceDONATE – the National Funding SchemeHow to nominate your group for an Epic AwardEquality and diversity updateCharitable Incorporated OrganisationsOnline Gift Aid and the Gift Aid Small Donations SchemeHow to get involved in Voluntary Arts WeekChild Protection Part V – Protection of Freedoms Act and the Disclosure and Barring ServiceHandling complaintsGetting your website noticed – search engine optimisationIt’s an honour! – recognising the people that matter to your voluntary arts groupMicro-volunteeringUsing photographyCrowdfunding for voluntary arts and cultural groupsMaking your performances accessible to people with hearing and sight lossCreating a Twitter presenceCreating a YouTube presenceCrisis management and disaster recoveryProtection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (Scotland)Creating a Facebook presenceCommissioning – an opportunity for the voluntary arts?Finding a venue – some new ideasCommunity media as a platform for the voluntary arts and craftsMaking the most of Corporate Social ResponsibilityWelcoming newcomers to your groupMaking the most of your telephoneGetting charitable status – an updateGift Aid and tax-effective giving – making the most of your charitable incomeWelcoming speakers of different languagesPutting your arts or crafts group on the map – ten ways to get noticedChild Protection Part IV – Children and vulnerable groupsChild Protection – Garda vetting and the artsCommunity benefit – measuring the impact of arts and crafts activityDeveloping European links and opportunitiesTaking the next step from an informal group to a registered organisationUnderstanding and creating accessible PDFsWorking with groups of other art or craft formsEngaging with freelancersFostering a long-term relationship with occasional volunteersHow to make sure your group is still here in ten years’ timeMaking your group even more environmentally-friendlyFree and low-cost IT toolsReaching out to new audiencesIncorporation and recent changes to company lawVoluntary and community sector jargonUseful information and contacts for setting up and running a voluntary arts groupInsurance for voluntary arts groupsHow to write a successful funding applicationHow to write a press releasePublicity explainedRisk management for charitiesRisk assessment for event organisers – a beginners guideHow do I create an equal opportunities policy?
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Pamela Butler
Arts Development
Chesterfield Borough Council
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: The Creative Exchange, 29 Constitution Street, Edinburgh EH6 7BS.