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"£9 million for young people to become social entrepreneurs" | 22 December 2008
"Children and Young People’s Minister Beverley Hughes today unveiled £9 million for a new scheme to help young people spearhead and deliver ideas for positive activities, helping them at the same time to become young social entrepreneurs.
Funding and practical support will be available for young people to think of new ideas for positive activities, which could be anything from sport to music to art, which they will then deliver in their local communities, on Friday and Saturday nights. Third sector organisations are today invited to bid to run the scheme and support the young people involved."
Taken from DCSF press release.
Myplace Awards announced | 10 December 2008
The first round of Myplace awards has just been announced by DCSF.
- New Horizon Youth Centre, Camden, London
- The Sutton Life Centre, Sutton, London
- The Salmon Youth Centre, Bermondsey, London
- TaB Centre Plus, Enfield, London
- New Life Centre, Hartlepool
- The Hub, Barnard Castle
- Bradley Youth Hub, Pendle
- Carlisle Youth Zone, Carlisle
- The Hub, Dartford
- The Pegasus Theatre Project, Oxford
- Access All Areas, Bridgwater
- Dawlish Integrated Youth Centre, Dawlish
- Minehead EYE, Minehead
- The Primetime Project, Bournemouth
- The Young Person’s Village, Stoke-on-Trent
- The Green Rivers Centre, Bloxwich, Walsall
- The Big Hub, Leeds
- My Place Chesterfield
- Hinckley Club for Young People, Leicestershire
- OPEN Centre Project, Norwich
- Shoeburyness Youth Centre, Shoeburyness.
The Jodi Awards 2008 (jodi2008) | 9 December 2008
Jodi Award Winners 2008
Taken from MLA News Bulletin.
Kevin Carey, Vice Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), called for renewed effort to make UK digital culture accessible for all at the 2008 Jodi Awards on Friday December 5, 2008, at the British Museum, London.
In a typically passionate speech Kevin outlined a new reality for culture creators, publishers and producers. He called for the setting up of a national Centre for Excellence for Accessible Media funded by the public, commercial and third sectors.
“If we go on training disadvantaged people, including those with impairments, in a fragmented accessibility and usability ecology, to acquire what are called 'basic' skills in accessing and processing information, we will doom them to be poor.”
Kevin's speech preceded the giving of the 2008 Jodi Awards. The awards are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage venues that use technology to provide access to collections and learning for disabled people, e.g. websites, interactive objects, audio-guides, PDAs and virtual reality shows.
The awards, sponsored by RNIB and supported by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, were presented by Kevin Carey and preceded by an introduction from Andy Minnion, Director of the Rix Centre.
Lord Low, Chair of RNIB, was present at the ceremony, as were representatives from many shortlisted museums and galleries.
Named in memory of Jodi Mattes (1973-2001), who worked as part of the British Museum's web team and later at the RNIB, the awards honour Jodi's efforts to ensure the museum's COMPASS website was as accessible as possible. Jodi's parents, Harry and Esther Mattes, and sister Sara, attended the award ceremony.
2008 Jodi Awards - the winners
1. Excellence for people with a learning disability, in association with the Rix Centre, London
Outside In Pathways, for their project in which a group of people with learning disabilities made films using digital technology at the V&A museum, London.
2. Excellence in accessible digital media
The National Trust, for their virtual tour pilot project. 12 virtual tours were developed, and four more are in production. All this from a national charity that involved disabled people in making accessible media that could genuinely and substantially improve the experiences of disabled visitors.
3. Excellence with a low budget - Web accessibility
In this category, a COMMENDATION was awarded to the Thackray Museum in Leeds, and their website redevelopment project. The museum consulted young visually impaired people from Henshaws College in York and incorporated a range of their recommendations into the design.
4. Excellence in Web accessibility
Awarded to the British Museum for its BSL Schools Web Project
In this project young deaf people produced signed curriculum resources for young deaf people, working with Frank Barnes School and media company Remark.
This outstanding project is well thought out, carefully framed and cleanly presented, bringing together a creative and appropriate mix of users, artists and designers with expertise in the area of BSL.
5. Excellence in accessible digital media on a low budget
The Jodi judges have decided not to award a prize for accessible digital media excellence on a low budget this year.
"Chatty Readers" | 12 November 2008
Just added to the Information Resources section - a new report from Southend Borough Libraries, which summarises the progress of “Chatty Readers”, a Skills for Life reading group established by Southend Libraries and Southend Adult Community College (SACC) in October 2007. It highlights the many benefits such groups offer students, tutors, library services and college partners.
Black History Month - listing by IRR of events | 4 October 2008
Listing from the Institute of Race Relations of events for BHM.
Brent Libraries' Autumn Programme | 4 October 2008
Brent's exciting programme includes a range of activities for the autumn, including Black History Month.
"Child Poverty Special Report: Sure Start - has it reduced poverty?" | 24 September 2008
"Children & Young People Now" Special Report, looking at whether Sure Start is actually having any effect on poverty.
Black Europeans | 15 September 2008
A series of features guest-curated by Mike Phillips for the British Library Online Gallery.
Posted in: Black, ethnic minority and mixed-race
Libraries Change Lives Award | 13 September 2008
From a CILIP Press Release:
CILIP’s Libraries Change Lives Award ceremony moves to Umbrella 2009
CILIP’s prestigious Libraries Change Lives Award ceremony will now take place at its flagship Umbrella 2009 event on 15 July 2009 rather than at Incisive Media’s Library & Information Show (LIS). This follows the company’s decision to move LIS 2009 from early April to a new time of mid-June.
This places LIS just prior to Umbrella 2009, the biennial flagship event of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, which attracts more than 700 attendees from across the library community. It comprises a 56-session conference, a major exhibition, and a number of social events. Full information is online at http://www.umbrella2009.org.uk/.
CILIP has also withdrawn from exhibiting at LIS 2009. Managing Director of CILIP Enterprises’ John Woolley says: “It is disappointing that Incisive Media has moved the LIS show from April. However, we are looking forward to an exciting and vibrant Umbrella on 14-15 July 2009. With more than 50% of exhibition stands sold and the addition of the Libraries Change LivesAward ceremony to the programme, I am confident that, once again, the event will be a great success”.
Linda Constable, Chair of the Award Judges, comments: “I am delighted the Libraries Change Lives Award ceremony will be held at Umbrella 2009. It offers a larger audience to showcase the innovation, dedication and impact on communities that the Award promotes.”
Award entries open on 14 November and close on 13 February. An application form will be available in CILIP’s Gazette magazine on 14 November and also via its website at www.cilip.org.uk/lcla
The 2009 CILIP Libraries Change Lives judges are:
· Linda Constable, Consultant and Vice-Chair, Leicester Libraries
· Simon Parker, Senior Community Librarian, Leicester Libraries
· John Vincent, The Network - Tackling social inclusion in libraries, museums, archives and galleries
· Ian Watson, Head of Libraries, Archive and Information Service at City of Bradford MDC
Mark Taylor, Head of Corporate Marketing & Media Relations
Tel: 020 7255 0654
Posted in: News
Scottish Arts Council Public Arts Fund | 5 September 2008
Scottish Arts Council is accepting applications to their £500,000 Public Art Fund until the end of January and can support a broad range of artistic activity that involves a public space.
The programme is open to a variety of organisations, including local authorities, schools, charities, voluntary and community arts groups, and businesses (for projects that are not for commercial gain).
Further information from their website.