Policy and research news

Nesta & NCVO Survey on Charity Crowdfunding

Nesta and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) are undertaking a research survey to better understand the opportunities and challenges faced by charities, social enterprises and community groups who want to use crowdfunding platforms to raise funds. The short online survey explores the awareness, perception and usage of crowdfunding among these groups. If you

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Creative Future’s ‘Fair Access to the Arts’ Research Report

Creative Future has recently completed Arts Council England funded research into the barriers marginalised and disabled artists face when accessing mainstream arts opportunities. To download the full report click here or if you would prefer to read a short summary, you can view a Prezi (an animated infographic) here or read the Executive Summary (pages

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Why Volunteering Matters – the Case for Change

Why Volunteering Matters – the Case for Change Read on to find out more about the Scottish Volunteering Forum and why we are campaigning to make volunteering accessible to all . . . Currently approximately 1.3 million adults in Scotland volunteer, which includes those who organise creative cultural activity, but some individuals and groups find it hard to access volunteering opportunities or just haven’t even considered it as

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Warwick Commission Report endorses Our Cultural Commons

Warwick Commission Report endorses Our Cultural Commons On the evening of 17 February 2015, ‘Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – The 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value’ was published. Read about the Report and Voluntary Arts joint response with 64 Million Artists and Fun Palaces In it, the Commission endorses Our Cultural Commons, the major

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Response to the Warwick Commission Report #EveryoneCreative

Radically Democratising the Arts – A Cultural Grassroots #EveryoneCreative In a joint statement with partner organisations 64 Million Artists and Fun Palaces, Voluntary Arts has issued a reponse to ‘Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – The 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value’, which was published on 17 February

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Jennie Lee’s White Paper 50th Anniversary

25 February 2015 – three months before the next General Election – marks the 50th anniversary of Jennie Lee’s historic White Paper, A Policy for the Arts: The First Steps. The White Paper sought to reverse a pattern of arts funding established in the first 20 years of practice by the Arts Council of Great

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Amateo creates European memorandum

Amateo creates European memorandum Voluntary Arts is a founding member of Amateo, the European network for active participation in cultural activities. In the light of the European elections 2014, the Board of Amateo has recently created a European memorandum addressed to European policy makers. This memorandum draws attention to the field of amateur arts as a core part of

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Criminal records portability comes into effect

From 17 June 2013, for an annual subscription of £13, individuals that apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check can keep their DBS certificate up to date and take it with them from role to role within the same ‘workforce’ – where the same type and level of check is required. With the

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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: The Creative Exchange, 29 Constitution Street, Edinburgh EH6 7BS.