Cultural Playing Field

Funding, physical activity and the environment by Robin Simpson
March 3, 2009, 3:51 pm
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On Tuesday I was in London for our regular meeting voluntary cultural sector alliance meeting. Unfortunately Kate Pugh from Heritage Link couldn’t join us this time but we still had a useful three-way exchange of information and issues between the Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR), the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Voluntary Arts Network. We heard in detail about the recently launched NCVO Funding Commission which is being chaired by Rachel Lomax, the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, and is now seeking views on the themes that it should consider and any big ideas on how to secure a sustainable future for the Third Sector. This first phase of consultation will run until 13 May, see: We also discussed the Department of Health physical active plan which aims to get 2 million people more active. The Physical Activity Alliance, a sector led organisation comprised of leading physical activity promoting organisations including CCPR, is working with the Department of Health to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the target. Infrastructure bodies representing the more physically active artforms (particularly dance) might consider joining the Physical Activity Alliance. CCPR has been awarded BS 8555 accreditation for its Environmental Management System and is now working to help its member organisations to become more environmentally sustainable. These are just a few of the many topics we covered along with our usual sharing of peer support and gossip!

Robin Simpson.

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