Cultural Playing Field


The third sector role in informal adult learning by Robin Simpson
January 29, 2010, 3:10 pm
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On Tuesday I was at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in London for the third Learning Revolution Third Sector Forum meeting. We heard from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council about the extensive informal adult learning initiatives being undertaken by museums and libraries as part of The Learning Revolution and from the Learning and Skills Council on the changes to the distribution of the Government’s ‘adult safeguarded learning’ budget as the LSC prepares to relinquish its role at the end of March. We also looked in detail at the role of third sector organisations in the Learning Revolution Transformation Fund projects. Of the 315 projects supported by the Transformation Fund it is thought that around 180 are being led by a third sector organisation and at least 250 projects include third sector partners. We continued our practice of focussing on particular third sector led Transformation Fund projects in these meetings, this time with a presentation by Laraine Winning about the Voluntary Arts England/Media Trust/BBC Radio Merseyside ‘Up for Arts’ project in Liverpool. Laraine’s presentation was very enthusiastically received and demonstrated the strengths of working with multiple partners in this many-stranded project.

Robin Simpson.


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