Also on Tuesday I was at the Cabinet Office for my regular update meeting with John Knights at the Office of the Third Sector. Among many topics we discussed plans for the European Year of Volunteering 2011, the Government’s intergenerational volunteering programme, the Access to Volunteering programme and the London 2012 social legacy which seems to be taking shape and should present some exciting opportunities for the voluntary arts sector.
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On Tuesday I was in London to attend the first meeting of the Learning Revolution Third Sector Forum. This group of third sector representatives will feed into the National Advisory Forum, chaired by the Minister Kevin Brennan, which is overseeing the Government’s informal adult learning programme stemming from the white paper ‘The Learning Revolution’. At Tuesday’s meeting we heard updates on all aspects of the Learning Revolution programme, including the £20M Transformation Fund, the development of an online portal for learning opportunities and the forthcoming Festival of Learning which is to take place throughout October. It was a good opportunity to get an overview of the progress of this extensive programme directly from the civil servants from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills who are leading it.
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On Thursday Fiona, David and I were at the Scottish Government offices at Victoria Quay in Edinburgh for our six-monthly tri-partite meeting which brings together officers from the Culture Division of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Arts Council and Voluntary Arts Scotland. It was great to hear in detail about progress towards the establishment of Creative Scotland directly from the civil servant charged with steering the relevant legislation through the Scottish Parliament. Scottish Arts Council is looking at a range of policy issues for Creative Scotland and will launch a major online consultation during October which will be a key opportunity for the voluntary arts sector to try to influence the policy of the new agency. We looked at some initial statistics from the ‘Taking Part’ questions in the Scottish Household Survey which provide information about levels and patterns of arts participation in Scotland. A detailed analysis of this research should be available within the next month. We also met the civil servants responsible for developing the cultural programmes in Scotland relating to both the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. And we updated the Scottish Government and the Scottish Arts Council on our two new major projects: ‘Crafting the Arts’ (funded by the Big Lottery Fund) and ‘Make a Splash!’ (funded by the Legacy Trust).