Cultural Playing Field


Celebrating the centenary of the Carnegie UK Trust by Robin Simpson
November 9, 2012, 3:52 pm
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On Tuesday evening I was at the Scotland Office in London for a reception to celebrate the centenary of the Carnegie UK Trust. It was interesting to see representatives of a huge range of voluntary organisations that have been helped by the Carnegie UK Trust. The Trust was instrumental in establishing the Voluntary Arts Network in 1992 and played a similar role in the development of many of the national voluntary arts umbrella bodies (including the National Federation of Music Societies in 1935 and the British Federation of Festivals in 1921). Angus Hogg, the Chair of the Carnegie UK Trust, devoted a significant section of his speech to the role the trust has played in supporting the amateur arts.

Robin Simpson.



Running Your Group Weekly by Robin Simpson
November 9, 2012, 3:51 pm
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On Monday afternoon, Daniel, Kevin and I broadcast the second edition of ‘Running Your Group Weekly’ which included a sneak preview of our forthcoming step-by-step tutorial on taking on a volunteer and a recap on the live online event on how to nominate someone for an honour. You can watch the recording of this week’s Running Your Group Weekly at: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/ and please join us at that address every Monday at 5 pm.

Robin Simpson.



How to nominate someone for an honour by Robin Simpson
November 9, 2012, 3:48 pm
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Daniel and I were in London on Monday to interview Lord Stevenson and Alison Bennett from the Cabinet Office for Running Your Group LIVE. I think this online event, on how to nominate someone for an honour, was the best we have done. Dennis Stevenson, who has just stepped down as Chair of the Arts & Media Honours Committee, was incredibly enthusiastic and encouraging. He urged voluntary arts groups to nominate those individuals who have given remarkable service and achieved such amazing impacts in communities across the country, to ensure they are properly recognised. Alison gave a wonderfully clear explanation of how to go about nominating someone for an honour. She also gave valuable advice on ‘tactics’ to ensure your nomination has the best chance of success. Running Your Group users from across the UK joined us live online and were able to put questions directly to Dennis and Alison. The video recording of our interview is now available to watch in the ‘Live online events’ section of Running Your Group, at: http://login.runningyourgroup.org/course/view.php?id=302 and should be essential viewing for anyone considering making a nomination.

Robin Simpson.



Running Your Group Weekly by Robin Simpson
November 3, 2012, 10:36 am
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Running Your Group Weekly is our new weekly webcast coming to you live every Monday at 5pm, with the latest information about the Running Your Group one-stop advice and guidance website.

This is the recording of the first Running Your Group Weekly webcast on Monday 29 October 2012, covering an overview of the site content from RYG Editor Daniel Carpenter and a tour of the latest site functionality and recent revamp from RYG Research and Development Czar Kevin Murphy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euH5JyhfWik

Please join us live online at 5 pm on Monday 5 November at: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/

Robin Simpson.