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Guardian Charity Awards 2016

Guardian Charity Awards 2016 Area: UK Deadline: midnight, Friday 19 August 2016 The Guardian Charity Awards give smaller social welfare charities a unique platform to celebrate their success. For 24 years, they have showcased their work and given winners the backing and profile they need to move forward. If you are a registered charity with turnover of less than

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Free training for music groups: Good practice for Committees

Free training for music groups: Good practice for Committees Location: The Botanic Cottage, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Time/Date: 1-4pm, Saturday 20 August 2016 Is your music group setting up a committee for the first time and looking for some pointers? Do you already have a committee but are keen to refresh your approach and/or recruit new committee members? Having an effective committee in place can

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#lovetoPHOTO: Damien from Voluntary Arts shares his passion for photography . . .

#lovetoPHOTO: Damien from Voluntary Arts shares his passion for photography . . . The Voluntary Arts team are a curious bunch – aside from our day jobs, we each have a different creative outlet that enriches our lives and contributes greatly to our sense of self, from Irish dancing and bookbinding to singing and embroidery. In the first of these staff spotlights, we catch up with Voluntary Arts Information Resources Manager, Damien McGlynn to

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RawFfest launch crowdfunding campaign

RawFfest launch crowdfunding campaign Original. Quirky. Daring. RawFfest showcases the best of youth arts today. It is planned and programmed by young people for young people.The first festival will take place from 18 – 21 August in Newport. More details on the festival are available on the website here: RawFfest need to raise £5,500 by Friday 29 July.

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Inter Faith Week: Call for Events

Inter Faith Week: Call for Events This year, national Inter Faith Week will run from Sunday 13 to Sunday 20 November. Inter Faith Week creates a focal point, drawing wider attention to the importance of building good relations between people of different faiths and beliefs. It also provides opportunities to hold, host, and attend events that support understanding, cooperation and engagement

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Grow Your Own Cinema keeps on growing

Grow Your Own Cinema keeps on growing A joint project from Cinema for All and Voluntary Arts Scotland, Grow Your Own Cinema aims to improve access to film screenings in areas of Scotland that would benefit from a community cinema. This year-long project is now at the halfway stage, and training in how to screen your own films has now been conducted with just under

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Get creative with your camera this July . . .

Get creative with your camera this July . . . Inspired by #lovetoPHOTO this July, we share some info on how to find your local Camera Club and give a run-down on upcoming photography competitions and events that invite you to get creative with your camera. With access to camera phones on the rise, the influx of free photo editing apps, growing interest in local Camera

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World Record at Community Fair in Cumbria

A community arts festival in Ulverston got 1,186 people to join a World Record attempt to stage the ‘largest ever shaving cream pie fight’ – totally smashing Belfast’s 2015 record of 869. A true moment of community joy & silliness. A local college put together a video of the efforts which you can see here:

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Hundreds get behind Glasgow WWI knitting project

Hundreds get behind Glasgow WWI knitting project After many months of effort, the SOCK knitting project in Glasgow is coming to fruition. SOCK (Somme Observed Community Knitting) set out to commemorate the involvement of the Glasgow Pals Battalions in the Battle of the Somme during World War One, by putting together over 3,000 knitted or crocheted squares (one for each member of the three Battalions)

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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.