Opportunities, Competitions, Volunteer Appeals, & Call for Papers Etc

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Arts & Media Opportunities

  • Scottish Storytelling Centre: Storytelling has the ability to unlock creative potential, to improve speaking and listening skills, to enable the sharing of memories and experiences, to encourage understanding, awareness and inclusion, and to strengthen professional and local communities. more
  • Foundation Degree Award (FDA) in Dance and Diversity more
  • B3 FeatureLab is an innovative 12-month feature film development initiative created by B3 Media in partnership with the Binger Film Lab, Film4 and Skillset. more
  • Inspire Fellowship Programme, a positive action programme in London’s museums and galleries sector
  • Youth Music - New programmes: Youth Music will be funding music-making activities through three new Open Programmes: First Steps; Make It Sound; Vocalise!
  • Film London EAST Screen Skills Bursary Support: The new bursary scheme, 'Screen Skills', is a joint venture between Film London and Skillset. It is aimed at freelancers and employees in the UKs audio visual industries.
  • Film London's Film-makers' Festival Fund (FFF) aims to support the development of individual film-makers' and moving image artists' careers, by providing travel grants for attendance at a small number of overseas festivals where short films have been selected and are in competition.
  • Link Up Mentoring Training Link Up mentoring advice guidance
    - become a mentor and/or advisor to emerging artists
    - paid opportunities following training
    - free training with access and childcare costs covered
    - sign up now for March 2007 training round.

Calls For Papers/ Submissions

  • bfm International Film Festival (IFF) - OPENS ITS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS more


  • New: Heart & Soul magazine: ladies needed for interview who have married foreign men and started a family more
  • JDYA: A newly formed youth group would like to get in contact with students of
    Jamaican descent within Nottingham and the wider UK. more

Grants & Funding

Various Funding and Assistance
  • Closing dates for grants at HCVS
  • General funding
  • For groups working with children and young people
  • Loan Finance
  • Resources. and more...
  • Apply now for the Creme of Nature £10,000 Community Action Award more
  • Various Grants and Funding opportunities more
  • Defra launched its 3rd sector strategy on Monday and this included the launch of a new Greener Living Fund which is aimed at 3rd sector organisations who can delivery programmes at a national scale but with local reach. more
  • O2 It’s Your Community Awards. Grants to local groups and individuals for anything that can be shown to benefit the community, including cultural, environmental and rebuilding and restoring projects. more
  • Exhibitors' Surgery These open-access advice surgeries are on offer to cinema staff, film festival organisers, film education officers, arts officers and anyone with questions relating to screening films. more
  • Futurebuilders England
  • The Adventure Capital Fund: For organisations
  • The ASDA Foundation Trust was set up in 1988 to support local good causes chosen by employees, which is funded by profits from the mid-week national lottery. more
  • Lewisham Way Youth & Community Centre are working in conjunction with The Bridge and are now able to offer the following range of courses within our organisation. more
  • Some more excellent funding opportunities more
  • The Funding News from SYFAB website has regular news and updates about funding opportunities for community and voluntary organisations. more
  • Kush Community Arts & Media Development in association with Collage Arts is looking for organisations more
  • Various Funding Opportunities more




Call for Applications: Cultural Diplomacy in Africa:
A Forum for Young Leaders (CDA)

Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDA)
The Development Game: Solving Problems and Creating Opportunities for a Stronger Continent
(Berlin, 11th – 18th June 2010)

Cultural Diplomacy in Africa (www.culturaldiplomacy.org/cda) is an active network of individuals from across the world who have an active interest in the African continent. Members can join the forum by taking part in a CDA Weeklong Seminar. The forthcoming CDA Weeklong Seminar will be held in Berlin from 11th – 18th June 2010 and will focus on the following theme “The Development Game: Solving Problems and Creating Opportunities for a Stronger Continent.”

The Forum is aimed at young professionals and students, economists, diplomatic and political representatives, and civil society practitioners. The weeklong seminar will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops and panel discussions by leading figures from the fields of politics, diplomacy, civil society, academia, and the private sector, which will offer a range of perspectives on the issues at stake, the challenges ahead, and the new strategies and approaches being taken to address these challenges. The program will be complemented by cultural and social activities that will provide an opportunity to experience the diversity of the respective cultures and provide networking opportunities between the participants themselves, as well as between the participants and speakers.

In particular, the next CDA Weeklong Seminar will focus on the following areas:

  • The power of sport: The 2010 FIFA World Cup and its impact on the continent
  • Celebrating 50 years of independence: The history and development of Africa over the past five decades
  • Africa's challenges and opportunities in meeting the Millennium Development Goals, with a particular focus on climate change, political and economic stability, and sustainable development
  • The role of supranational economic unions in stabilizing the African continent, and the potential influence of a stronger African Union
  • African markets as a target for foreign investment, and the impact of such investment on African development. Cameroon will be considered as a case study
  • The involvement of international organizations and corporations in Africa and their influence on the continent's development and economy
  • Emerging new models for African governance and development
  • The African Diaspora and its role in the development of Africa
  • The importance of Cultural Diplomacy and soft power in strengthening relations between African nations and within nations themselves

To apply to the program, please click here

Further information about the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy can be found under:

Further information about our speakers can be found here:

‘The Great British Bake Off’


Do you fancy putting your skills to the test?

BBC2 would like amateur bakers who can reflect the multicultural nature of Britain’s cuisine through their baking to take part in a new series. Whatever your passion – whether it’s fiery Jamaican Gingerbread, Greek Spanakopita, or Indian Naan bread, we want to hear from you.

The series is an exciting new prime time commission called ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and looking for amateur bakers from across the country to take part. During the series bakers will be given a series of tasks and one will ultimately be crowned the UK’s best amateur baker.

However long you’ve been baking for, we’d love to hear from you. If you’re interested in applying to take part in the series and would like to find out more, please email [email protected] or call 0207 067 4855.

To apply you must be over 16 on 1st May 2010. As an “amateur baker” your main source of income cannot come from commercial baking and / or cooking in a professional environment and you cannot have ever worked full time as a baker. You cannot have any formal NVQ or other professional catering qualifications acquired in the last 10 years.

Walthamstow International Film Festival 2010
Call for Entries




* Running time - maximum 5 minutes
* Films sent on DVD
* All foreign language films need to have English subtitles
* The three categories are: drama, documentary, experimental (including music)
* Films must have been made after January 1st 2009
* Competition prizes (nominal) - best in category, best overall.
* Free to enter.
* Deadline for entries is 15th July.
* Screening September 2nd - 9th - Walthamstow, London E17

BBC Antiques Master 2010

Do you have what it takes to become Antiques Master 2010?



If so, we want to hear from YOU!

We’re looking for amateur antiques experts who have the passion, knowledge and experience to compete for the inaugural title of Antiques Master in this exciting new primetime quiz for BBC TWO.

If you’re an amateur antiques expert that’s 18 or over and has the experience, insight and expertise to take part then please contact us NOW on:

Tel: 0161 244 4160 OR Email: [email protected]
(Standard geographic charges apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider’s call package. Calls from mobiles may be higher)

A message to all members of
Women of the African Diaspora

Looking for African diaspora academic women to offer to act as mentors to PhD students in African universities.

BrainRetain.net is an academic network that supports the retention and development of research students in African universities by providing online mentoring, research resources and networking opportunities to African PhD candidates. website

Visit Women of the African Diaspora here

Do you want to have a say in how
things are decided in Lewisham?

Lewisham Council wants to hear the voices of parents in local discussion and in decision-making forums in the borough. They particularly want to hear from black and minority ethnic parents and parents of children with disabilities: who are both under-represented at this level.

To help parents get involved, the Community Consultants Network is offering a free training programme.

The programme will help parents to:

• Know more about the borough and how it works
• Understand local issues
• Consult local parents
• Engage with and advocate on behalf of other parents
• Provide information to other parents
• Speak at meetings and forums
• Represent parents at meetings
• Lead on local consultations

The Course: The courses will be delivered one day a week over 6 weeks in April/May 2010.

• The course is free and will be delivered at a central venue within the Borough of Lewisham
• Reasonable childcare and transport expenses will be provided or paid for

This course can lead to a nationally recognised qualification with the National Open College Network (OCN): all participants will be assigned and supported by a previously trained and qualified Community Consultant.

Entry Requirements: You do not need to have any formal qualifications. The ability to read, write and hold a conversation in English is sufficient.

For more information about the programme or to reserve a place; or to have an informal chat about what is involved, please contact:

Solange Efuenji on 07932 301 920 or
Nicola Martenstyn on 07738 386060

Creme of Nature £10,000 Community Action Award

Apply now for the Creme of Nature £10,000 Community Action Award 2010!

Where's your application?

Now in it's third year, the award is focused on helping those with great ideas and vision in African Caribbean voluntary, faith and community groups, whose primary objective is to support and encourage women.

You have to be in it to win it, so make sure that you have your application in as soon as possible for this year's 10,000 Creme of Nature Community Action Award.
Find out more at www.communityactionaward.com or phone the Community Action Award Team on 01264 355 846

TWA, Eastgate House, East Street, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1EP
Tel: 01264 355 846/ Fax: 0845 4500 582 email: [email protected]

BBC Blast work experience placements

BBC Blast


Unit 46 Free training taster day and information session for individuals and organisations looking to develop film focussed reminiscence work with older people.

SCREENING OUR MEMORIES is a year long pilot project funded by Film London through the Digital Film Archive Fund.

This project will offer a series of training programmes to age care sector workers, film industry and education workers on working with archive film and reminiscence, particularly with older people, including those who have dementia. Following the project launch trainees will be benefit from 1 full day and 4 half day training sessions, between March-July 2010 as well as receiving a toolkit training manual upon project completion.

We are already working in partnership with Age Concern Greenwich and Lambeth who will be sending 10 staff each for the training programme; additional places are available for further participants.

Our introductory launch day is open to interested individuals and organisation members on a first come, first served basis. The day will serve as an introduction to working with archive film and reminiscence, including presentations and an interactive workshop.

Details of further training courses, offered at a subsidised rate, will be available at the launch session, along with registration details for you or your organisation to sign up to a course.

If you are interested in attending the day or would like more information please contact:
Angela English

The Pink Glove Dance

Emily (MacInnes) Somers, created, directed and choreographed this in Portland last week for her Medline glove division as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. This was all her idea to help promote their new pink gloves. I don't know how she got so many employees, doctors and patients to participate, but it started to really catch on and they all had a lot of fun doing it.

When the video gets 1 million hits, Medline will be making a huge contribution to the hospital, as well as offering free mammograms for the community. Please check it out. It's an easy and great way to donate to a wonderful cause, and who hasn't been touched by breast cancer? Watch the Video here

Ann Somers

Nominate a Woman of Outstanding Achievement today!

It’s time to make a difference, time to celebrate, time to recognise…..UK’s outstanding women in science, engineering and technology.
Nominate a woman for her exceptional commitment to leadership of others, or SET discovery and innovation or her commitment in the field of science communication.
Your nominations count…let's raise the awareness of the outstanding achievements of women in these sectors.
Log on to: www.ukrc4setwomen.org and nominate today!

Charismatic Theologians or Religious Practitioners

BBC searches for charismatic Theologians or religious practitioners who could be interested in working with us in an ‘on screen’ presenting role for our new programmes in 2010/2011.

I am currently working in Development for Religion and Ethics for the BBC, where we make fantastic factual series like Around the World in 80 Faiths, Did God Kill Darwin? Missing Presumed Married, Extreme Pilgrim, A History of Christianity and Gandhi.

I am hoping to find a person who is able to express their ideas clearly and who is comfortable explaining complicated concepts in a straightforward manner. Someone who can engage with interviewees, who is able to understand and appreciate different and potentially opposing perspectives on issues, who is able to empathise and where necessary challenge.

We would welcome interest from people of all religions and from all parts of the community, we’re looking for a person of faith, who has an engaging personality and an inquiring mind and who is willing to embrace new challenges.

I'd be very grateful if people who are interested could send me a covering letter by email, a current photograph and a link if there is video content available of them speaking on the web.

Ellen Evans
Producer BBC
[email protected]
Development Religion and Ethics,
Room 5007 New Broadcasting House, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 1SJ

Various funding opportunities and more...

Information on:

  • Closing dates for grants at HCVS
  • General funding
  • For groups working with children and young people
  • Loan Finance
  • Resources.

For children and young people

For Equipment

BT’s Community Connections scheme is now open

Community groups and projects offering community benefit can apply for a laptop and a contribution to a years Internet connections fees.

The scheme is aimed at groups that have little or no IT equipment and can show how
it will be used to grow the organization and benefit the community.

Please contact: Call 0845 257 6792 or visit

Loan Finance

Futurebuilders has launched a £4 million Cashflow Fund to provide short-term loans of up to two years, to organisations to cover short term cash-flow needs, or development capital needed to to bid for, win and deliver public sector contracts.

The minimum loan amount is £50,000, available as:

Bridging loans
- to help cope with a short-term gap in funding e.g. during property purchases or whilst you are waiting for delayed local authority or European funding

Reserves cover
- to help maintain a minimum level of reserves on your balance sheet if this is a requirement for you to win a contract

Overdraft guarantees
- to provide additional security which might be required by your bank when agreeing an overdraft facility.

The Cashflow Fund is to cover cash-flow issues relating to a specific contract situation. It is not to cover unforeseen shortages around day-to-day running costs, such as salaries, rent and suppliers. The fund is available to third sector organisations committed to winning public sector contracts, where at least 51% of your projects’ (as opposed to your organisation’s) long term income must come, directly or indirectly, from public funds. Your service must mainly benefit people in England.

Please contact: Call 0191 261 5200 or visit


The Voluntary Arts Network (VAN) has published a briefing on ‘How to make sure your group is still here in ten years’ time’. Whilst primarily aimed at arts organisations, there is lots in there that could apply to a range of different groups.

Please contact: Call 02920 395 395 or visit

The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) has launched a free Recession Support website which is open to non-members. The site provides advice to organisations on weathering the economic downturn, and includes expert guides covering a range of topics.
You can view the website here:

London Business News is the official newsletter for CompeteFor users, providing the latest business information about the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and other major projects in the capital. Info:

This was produced thanks to information provided by:

Hackney Social Care Forum email newsletter, to subscribe: click here
or email Jackie Brett on [email protected]

South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau, to subscribe: click here

Apply today for funding for community projects in Hackney!

Grants of £5,000 and £50,000 available through Team Hackney Community Grants 2009/10 more info

HCVS Information Service
Hackney Council for Voluntary Service
E: [email protected]
T: 020 7923 1962
W: www.hcvs.org.uk

We’d like to hear from you…

If you have any relevant news about the voluntary and community sector and Hackney
that you would like to promote using this service, click here.

If you have any feedback on this service, click here.

HCVS’s vision is of an equal society where local people are empowered to tackle local
problems and the contribution of all communities to civic life is recognised and supported.

HCVS is Hackney's leading voluntary and community sector support agency and your local CVS. We provide hundreds of local voluntary and community organisations with the key skills, knowledge and resources to respond to the needs of local people,
especially those most in need.

Visit www.hcvs.org.uk to find out more.

HCVS is supported by Big Lottery Fund, Capacity Builders, Children’s Workforce
Development Council (CWDC), City & Hackney Health & Social Care Forum, City Bridge Trust, Home Office’s Connecting Communities Fund programmes, London Borough of Hackney, Office of Third Sector, Team Hackney and The Learning Trust.

Hackney Council for Voluntary Service (HCVS) is registered under the Charities Act 1960 No: 1069736 and is a limited company No: 3365292 registered in the UK.
Registered office: 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street London E8 2LY. HCVS is
a member of NAVCA – the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action and NCVO, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.


Award scheme gives community groups in the region the chance to move into the digital world

btBT has launched a new round of its BT Community Connections (BTCC) award scheme to help people get online in London.

Community and charitable groups in the region are being invited to apply for BTCC Awards, which include a laptop and a year’s broadband internet connection. Groups can also apply together for a BTCC Cluster Award to each receive additional packages of IT equipment.

Whilst the internet has become a crucial aspect of daily life for the majority*, many people are still missing out on the opportunities to email, network, find training, secure a job and access vital services provided by the web. About a third of all people in the country are considered to be ‘digitally excluded’.

BT believes that enhanced communications help create a fairer, more inclusive society where everybody has the opportunity to participate, benefit and contribute. The award scheme enables groups already working within communities to get online and experience the benefits of the internet, helping them to build capacity and encourage their members to support each other in their own digital journeys.

To apply simply log on to www.btcommunityconnections.com or write to PO Box 6919, London W1A 8UX to request an application form.

Beth Courtier, head of BT’s charity programme, said: “BT Community Connections remains a key element of our strategy to help people take full advantage of the huge benefits offered by the internet. In today’s digital world, exclusion from the internet has become a key facet of social exclusion. We are very proud to be at the forefront of empowering local communities, by providing these highly successful awards across the whole of the UK.

“We are constantly learning, refining and enhancing the scheme and are delighted to announce the addition of the new cluster awards. These are to encourage further networking and knowledge transfer within the voluntary sector.”

‘Skills for Life’ training course

Are any of your children currently out of work, not in education or training?
Are they aged between 16- 18 years and living in Southwark?

A new ‘Skills for Life’ training course will give them business skills, learn about the music industry, improve their Internet marketing skills, boost health awareness and knowledge of self

The course start date is Wednesday 4th April and will run every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4pm for 26 weeks. Each participant also gets a personal mentor who will spend at least 2 hours per week in between sessions

The course is free of charge

Recruitment Starts NOW!!

Venue for Workshops: 44-46 Offley Road, The Oval, London SW9 0LS

Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line); Buses: 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 333, 436

For more information: Ring 07961 909 505


Scottish Storytelling Centre

Storytelling has the ability to unlock creative potential, to improve speaking and listening skills, to enable the sharing of memories and experiences, to encourage understanding, awareness and inclusion, and to strengthen professional and local communities.

With the first signs of spring comes the Scottish Storytelling Centre's new Connecting with Stories training and development programme. The programme spans the period March 2009 to May 2010 and covers a rich variety of themes, ranging from beginners' storytelling skills to transitions and emotional literacy. To download the programme, please click here. (Please also have a look at the Spring 2009 edition of Blethers)

We'd like to give you a taste of this variety by giving a brief presentation of the themes featured in the programme and by drawing your attention to a specific event for each of these themes:

Newbattle Abbey College
The Newbattle Partnership: Scotland's Life Changing College (Page 10)
The Scottish Storytelling Centre is delighted to continue its partnership into 2009/10 with Newbattle Abbey College for residential training and experience in contemporary storytelling and cultural heritage. This year offers a two-strand professional development programme in Contemporary Oral Storytelling: Theory and Practice (SCQF Level 7).

Alongside our in-house annual programme, we also provide tailor-made training and skill development workshops in a wide range of educational settings, from schools and libraries to community centres.

For more information on the events featured above or options for tailored training events, please feel free to contact us.

Joanna Bremner Smith
Education and Training Officer
[email protected] or 0131 652 3272

Caroline Budge
National Storytelling Coordinator
[email protected] or 0131 652 3272

Various Grants and Funding

Team Hackney Community Grants
Look out for these small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 and large grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 for community projects which benefit local people and meet Local Area Agreement priorities for Hackney. website

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
has changed its priorities and application guidelines

The Foundation will now mainly operate proactively through partnerships and initiatives and there will be limited scope for unsolicited applications. The only programme open to unsolicited application is the Innovation Fund, which will support innovative ideas and unusual partnerships across the Foundation’s interest areas of:

· Encouraging understanding between people of different cultures

· Assisting the full participation of all individuals in society especially the vulnerable

· Protecting and caring for the environment

· Supporting exceptional ideas and unusual partnerships between people and organisations that might not otherwise come together

Research and development grants averaging between £10,000 and £25,000 are available for organisations to explore opportunities outside their usual practice or to allow them to research areas for which they would not normally have the resources. Buildings and equipment costs are excluded. Work outside London is prioritised.

Please contact: http://www.gulbenkian.org.uk/

The Naturesave Trust

Grants between £100 - £10,000 for environmental, conservation and sustainable development projects. Environmental and conservationist charities and companies can apply for funding for a specific project, match funding or start up costs. General administrative costs are not covered.

Closing dates: There are no deadlines, you can apply at any time.

Please contact: For more information contact the Naturesave Trust by telephone, 01803 864 390, [email protected] or visit http://www.naturesave.co.uk/naturesave_trust.html

The Paul Hamlyn Education and Learning Open Grants Scheme

Funding themes are:

· Supplementary education

· Tackling school exclusion and truancy

· Developing speaking and listening skills for 11-19 year olds.

There is no minimum or maximum grant size. Running costs, including staff salaries and overheads, e.g. rent, rates and utilities, can be funded.

Closing dates: There are no deadlines specified.

Please contact: Paul Hamlyn Foundation either by telephone,020 7227 3500, [email protected] or visit the website http://www.phf.org.uk/page.asp?id=85


Women fleeing domestic violence desperately need emergency accommodation, support and protection. However those subject to the ‘no recourse to public funds’, because of their insecure immigration status (i.e. they are not UK residents), cannot access any form of emergency accommodation, including refuges, as they are not able to claim housing benefit, income support and other state benefits. They are also prohibited from accessing any form of social housing through the local authority. The result is that they are faced with stark choices: leave and face destitution or stay and risk their lives.

In recognition of the plight of hundreds of women and children in this situation, Southall Black Sisters, have, with funds provided by London Councils and the charity Oxfam, set up a small ‘last resort fund’ called the ‘SBS No Recourse Fund’ (SBS NRF). The fund will be used to help accommodate and provide subsistence costs for a limited period for women who have experienced domestic violence and have insecure immigration status with no recourse to public funds. The funds will also be used to help women who are victims of trafficking and prostitution.

The funds will be allocated in the following way:

Funds from London Councils will be used to cover emergency housing costs and living expenses for women and children in London

Funds from Oxfam will cover emergency housing and living expenses for women and children outside London.

Please note that the SBS No Recourse Fund is a last resort fund. The funds will only be open to non-governmental organisations. The overall funds available are severely limited and will only be provided where organisation give a commitment to assist women to pursue other avenues of financial assistance, including legal proceedings against local authorities. The No Recourse Funds will not be released if organisations fail, during the period of NRF funding from SBS, to assist women to obtain alternative funding.

The No Recourse Fund will cover the costs of emergency accommodation and other basic living expenses to enable women and children to access places of safety such as a refuge pending more long-term arrangements for housing and living expenses. SBS can assist you through this process.

The fund will pay accommodation and subsistence costs of up to £30 per week for an adult and £10 per week for a child.

Single women will be assisted for a maximum of 6 weeks.

Women with children will be assisted for one week.

Application Packs

Please contact SBS for an application pack, which sets out the criteria and conditions of eligibility in more detail You can also download the application pack from the SBS website: www.southallblacksisters.org.uk

Please also feel free to contact SBS if you need advice and assistance in pursuing other sources of funding for women.

SBS will also be running training courses on domestic violence, immigration and no recourse in 2009. Details will be posted on our website and sent via email in the New Year.

Please contact:

Southall Black Sisters
21 Avenue Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3BL.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 0208 571 9595, Fax Number: 0208 574 6781


We would like to draw your attention to a free accredited tour guide training programme (one evening per week and some weekends) which may be of interest to your students, members and network.

The training programme, accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and tutored by professional blue badge guides, teachers and assessors, is part of the education charity WORLDwrite's London Behind the Scenes project. This project works with young tour guides to develop and deliver alternative tours of London's East End. The training programme is free for young people aged 16 to 25 years old. A detailed tour guide training pack which includes a full course outline and a simple application form for 2009 training places is now available online Click here

WORLDwrite's London Behind the Scenes programme of alternative East End tours has been developed to promote international understanding in keepin g with the charity's ethos and objectives. These volunteer-produced tours are: accessible online with virtual routes interwoven with compelling historical archive and present day footage; on foot as entertaining and educative walking tours and on film as discursive and illustrative professionally made documentary shorts.

The latest London Behind the Scenes tours include; a docks tour, which tells an alternative tale of trade, dockers and Empire and a Brick Lane tour which examines the positive impact of immigration and changing ideas about 'race'. WORLDwrite tour guides who gained accreditation in 2008 are now providing these tours to school groups free of charge, should this also be of interest.

To watch filmed versions of the tours online, read reviews from the walking tours and more click here

Millfields Lodge
201 Millfields Road
London E5 0AL
Tel 020 8985 5435
[email protected]
A UN DPI accredited NGO, registered NVYO and UK registered Charity No. 1060869

Business London:
Start Up and Micro Support Programme

In the UK, 30 per cent of businesses are owned by women and only a quarter of the 3.2 million self employed are female.

Running your own business is becoming increasingly popular with women, as they spot the opportunity to manage their own careers successfully, whilst allowing the flexibility of working hours that suit their lifestyle and family which working for another company might not offer.

Are you...

  • looking for a change in lifestyle?
  • wanting a value-creation business?
  • sure in yourself that you can do something new?
  • wanting an upwards move that brings a richer work/life balance?
  • happy to work for yourself rather than others?
  • recently redundant or have you recently taken voluntary redundancy?
  • looking for a better quality of life with your children?
  • Why not come along on 26th January 2009 and find out how we can help you!

We are offering eight women a real chance of starting a business by providing intense support over two months through a series of FREE workshops run by Buying Vision Ltd and Education Solutions Direct CIC.

Various Funding Opportunities

Futurebuilders England has launched a new website and revealed it no longer offers application forms

Instead organisations interested in applying to the £215m investment fund will use the website which contains a menu of options to begin the application process, including submitting an online enquiry, requesting a callback, sending an email, or calling the information line.

There are also success stories, top tips and application resources, available on the Futurebuilders England website

ASDA Foundation Trust

The ASDA Foundation Trust was set up in 1988 to support local good causes chosen by employees, which is funded by profits from the mid-week national lottery. The Foundation support charities within the UK, including people and projects that require financial assistance, for example local charities, playgroups even local football teams. The Trust will not support salaries or contributions to general funds.

Contact your local Store or Depot to discuss if your project is something they are able to support.

Info: Visit the ASDA website for more information:

O2 It’s Your Community Awards

Grants between £100 - £1,000 to local groups and individuals for anything that can be shown to benefit the community, including cultural, environmental and rebuilding and restoring projects.

Projects must be:

· Sustainable
· Non-political and non-religious
· Based in the UK
· On public or accessible land
· Ready to go (awards are made every month, so only apply when you’re set to spend)
· Small enough that £1,000 will make all the difference

Exclusions are:

· One-off events and fundraising
· Workshops
· Professional fees
· School projects that don’t involve the wider community

Closing date: You can apply at any time, the awards are independently judged and administered by The Conservation Foundation on behalf of O2.

Info: For more information visit the O2 It’s Your Community Awards website, or contact the fund via telephone, 0800 902 0250, or email.

DEFRA Greener Living Fund

Defra launched its 3rd sector strategy on Monday and this included the launch of a new Greener Living Fund which is aimed at 3rd sector organisations who can delivery programmes at a national scale but with local reach.

Details are available on the Defra web site

**Does your organisation have an average income of less than £20,000?

You could apply for Grassroots Grant of up to £5,000! Find out more here:


Lewisham Way Youth & Community Centre

Lewisham Way Youth & Community Centre are working in conjunction with The Bridge and are now able to offer the following range of courses within our organisation.

If there is anyone interested in the courses please allow them to contact Paulette Sinclair on 0208 692 1577

  • Health and Social Care NVQ Level 2
  • Management NVQ Level 3
  • Team Leader NVQ Level 2
  • Retail Skills NVQ Level 2
  • Business Improvement Technique NVQ Level 2
  • Business and Administration NVQ Level 2
  • Information technology Qualification NVQ Level 2
  • Customer Service Training NVQ Level 2

Who is Eligible? Who can do these courses?

  • Anyone who is 19 years or over
  • Be either employed on a full or part time basis, self employed, a volunteer or unemployed.
  • Must not have done an NVQ level 2 in the same subject.
  • People who have a degree in a different subject.
  • Resident in England for 3 years or more as long as this residency has been for purposes other than full time study



Would you like to enrich the services you already offer to young people with training & career advice around jobs in the creative industries?

Kush Community Arts & Media Development in association with Collage Arts is looking for organisations that have access to workshop space and are working with or know of any young people between the ages of 22-16 yrs old who are considered NEETS (Not in Employment, Education or Training). These young people must live in the London borough of Hackney.

We currently have the opportunity to come into your place of business and work with groups to run 1-day a week courses (with after-care) around the creative industries & the job & personal skills necessary to develop a career in these industries (Kush will specialise in film but we will look at other media industries).

These courses are aimed at enriching the services you already offer to your clients and can be used in your outputs criteria.

You don't have to do anything but get the group of young people considered NEETS together each week.

Would you like further info, then please call Marlon Palmer at Kush on 07961 977 749 or Lance Williamson.on 020 8365 7500 or
send an email to: Marlon Palmer - [email protected] or Lance Williamson.

This will be a 6-month programme and we aim to support these young people to go onto College or jobs after the 6-month programme.

(NEETS: Not in Employment, Education or Training / 16 - 18 year old / some can be disabled, dyslexic or lone parents).

Kush Community Arts & Media Development
Kush Films
PO Box 33899
+ 44 (0) 7961 977 749
[email protected]

Various Funding Opportunities

Youth Sector Development Fund summer funding round
Funding of £30m is being made available to third-sector organisations
whose work supports disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in
finding their pathway to success. Applications are welcome from
organisations which provide services to society's most vulnerable young
people, and particularly those whose work has a focus on preventing
young people from committing crime, or becoming involved in anti-social
behaviour, and those that, through the provision of positive
activities, provide engaging and constructive alternatives for our
young people.

Contact: Joanne Wheeler 0114 259 1023 or http://www.hscf.org.uk

New Music Apprenticeship opportunities ..More or scroll down this email for more information
Paid, managed and accredited 6-month apprenticeship starting early Oct
08 for all music lovers between the ages of 18-22 who are desperate to
break into the music business (and I repeat - the ‘business’, not the
performance or artists side!!!).

Please contact: Please forward CV and a short covering letter of all
prospective candidates to [email protected] as soon as possible.
Mark Gurney, Project Manager, Music4Good Unit 11 Piano House 9 Brighton
Terrace London SW9 8DJ / Switchboard: 0207 326 5979 / Fax: 0207 326 5970

Mob: 07775 875875 / www.music4good.co.uk

Creative opportunity for singer/songwriters
Contemporary Music Performance (www.icmp.uk.com), an independent school
of contemporary music based in London. We offer annual scholarships
for students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for our Higher Diploma
course, and this year we have developed a new award in association with
Shure, Play Music magazine and K. T. Tunstall, the ‘Shure Creative
Award’ (www.shurecreativeaward.com ).

Please contact: Full details can be found on the website at

Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation
This draft guidance aims to provide practitioners across all relevant
agencies and the voluntary and community sector with information about
different forms of sexual exploitation to help them identify and
safeguard children and young people who are at risk of sexual
exploitation, or who are being sexually exploited. It will replace the
current guidance, Children involved in Prostitution, issued in 2000 and
will be supplementary guidance to Working Together to Safeguard
Children (HMG 2006).

Info: click here
Get your CRB with HCVS: Call Elizabeth or Nadia on 020 7923 1962 or click here


New Mind School

Naomi Watson, a PhD student at Leicester. Ms Watson would like to dialogue with people involved or with family members in nursing. She would also like to volunteer her services to supplementary schools in London in return for conducting research with parents and children.

If you would like to know more about Naomi's work please call New Mind School on 020 7978 9978 or speak to her direct on 07958319356.

Naomi's profile can be seen at:

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An African and Caribbean Mentoring Programme

AJAMU is a self funded organisation that is currently in its second
year of organising. It consists of members of the public who live in North and
East London, these members have taken it upon themselves to make a positive
change within Haringey. Ajamu has a selected group of mentors who are
available to mentor young people aged 12 – 21 years old, who live in and around

The mentoring programme is specifically open to families, who feel
they may not have older men or women within the family to inspire or encourage
young members.

Creating Opportunities

Advancing Skills

With links all over Britain, Africa and the Caribbean, as part of the
mentoring programme, Ajamu will also offer young people the opportunity
to develop projects within their own community or assist in charitable
projects with that support communities abroad.

We are particularly focused on engaging African and Caribbean youth
who would like to gain experience in; organising events, learning how to empower
their community, enhancing skills related to their hobbies or interests and
meeting new people.

Aim of the Mentoring Programme

To mentor a group of young people aged 10 – 25 years to enhance their understanding and
attitude towards; the society they live in, their relationships and their wellbeing.

Mentors will form positive and safe relationships with young men and women from Tottenham.

Mentors will create and find interesting activities for the young people to get involved with,
in and outside of their local area.

Mentors will address unemployment and support young people in gaining training and further

Ajamu Mentoring Programme

If you are a young person, or know a young person aged between 12 and
21 years old, join the Ajamu mentoring programme!
You will get support in achieving your goals, education or training
You will learn new skills
You can make a positive change in your local area.

We are now taking on young people to be mentored!

To find out more information or register a young person onto the programme
Please call
Ateinda 07949130083 or Elaine 07950226619


Imagine art after is a multi-stage project for internet, gallery & television curated by Breda Beban that brings together artists and filmmakers who made a home in the UK with those who stayed in their country of origin

For its second edition, imagine art after is looking for artists and filmmakers from the following places, who either live there, or in the UK

Afghanistan | Albania | Algeria | Angola | Bangladesh | Cameroon | China | Colombia | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Eritrea | Ethiopia | Former USSR | Gambia | Ghana | India | Iran | Iraq | Ivory Coast | Jamaica | Kenya | Libya | Nigeria | Pakistan | Palestinian Authority | Romania | Serbia | Sierra Leone | Somalia | Sri Lanka | Sudan | Syria | Turkey | Uganda | Vietnam | Zimbabwe

For more information and an application pack, go to www.imagineartafter.net, or email

Age Concern Free Computers Scheme

Computers are being given away to people over 50 under a new scheme.  Age Concern is working with IT recycling company Maxitech to give machines to older people with mobility problems.

"These computers will give the older people who receive them the opportunity to communicate with friends and relatives and develop new interests, and develop new interests, as well as enabling them to have access to health and advice. ….  This will make such a difference to the lives of many older people who find it hard to get out due to illness, disability or mobility problems, and find everyday takes such as shopping and banking and even socialising difficult.Helping them to improve their computer skills and giving them access to the internet will give older people, who would otherwise be isolated, the ability to do everyday tasks easily from their own homes."
To register for a computer call 0207 820 6785 between 10:30 am and lpm on Tuesdays or Wednesday. 

*Please note that you will have to wait for delivery.*

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I you are looking to obtain a PC and do not meet the requirements of Age Concern then the following links may be of interest to you. BHM Webmaestro

  • Freecycle.org, this is a website where people give away items they no longer need. every thing from A to Z can be obtained from this site. click here
  • Donateapc.org.uk, this is a site where people donate thier IT items to Charities and other such organisations click here

If you have any information of similar companies or sites please submit info to "[email protected]"

A newly formed youth group would like to get in contact with students of
Jamaican descent within Nottingham and the wider UK.

The Jamaican Diaspora Youth Association, UK (JDYA), a newly formed youth arm of the Jamaican Diaspora UK, is in the process of generating a database of Jamaican students studying in the UK. The main objective of the association is to empower support young Jamaicans (or Jamaicans by descent), through various programmes and social events, to become productive citizens of this society. One medium through which this can be done is through education. We are happy that institutions such as yours support a diverse spectrum of students and these include Jamaicans. We would like to get in contact with all Jamaican students studying in the UK or for them to get in contact with us. Our most pending event will be a welcome reception, of which we are hoping to invite all new Jamaican students as possible. It would be appreciated if you could assist us with making contact with these students. Or, if possible, forward this email to these students for them to get in contact with us. Below are my contact details. Please let me know if you can assist us in our pursuit to empower our Jamaican students to the benefit of the wider British society, while we continue to support institutions like yours.

    Emails: [email protected] or [email protected]
    Home phone: 01158479858
    Mobile: 07894469115

Kind Regards,
Oneil Josephs

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Community Leadership Development in London

London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) has launched a new Skills Development for Organisational Empowerment: Mentoring and Training Programme targeted at Black and Minority Ethnic volunteers,
trustees and paid staff. Funded by the London Development Agency Opportunities Fund, the programme will
support the development of community leadership skills. The Mentoring and Training Programme will
consist of 26 hours of one to one mentoring support and worth of training for each participant on the programme.

An initial assessment will be carried out with each participant to identify their skills and training needs in the context of the organisational development issues they wish to work on. A plan of one to one support over a thirteen-week period, and a training programme, will be agreed at this meeting. Examples of organisational development/leadership skills include: group facilitation, strategic and business planning and management, fundraising, financial management, governance skills etc. Participants will be able to access training from a range of providers.

Priority will be given to organisations with an income below ,000.

Volunteers, trustees and paid staff of existing organisations, and individuals in the process of setting up organisations, are all eligible to apply. Individuals participating in the programme must be of BAME origin.

Applicants will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate how the programme will contribute to their own development and that of their
  • Make a commitment to taking part in 26 hours of one to one work on identifying and progressing organisational development issues.
  • Complete the training within six months of starting the programme.

For further information phone Joan Neary on 020 7700 8110 or email: as soon as possible.

Closing date: Make your application as soon as possible

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Path National Ltd

PATH National Ltd

Management Development Programme (MDP)

PATH National is an award winning national skills development agency whose focus is on enhancing workforce diversity through training interventions aimed at black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals. Our work is supported by the London Development Agency (LDA), the Mayor's agency for Sustainable Economic Development - to deliver accredited Level 3, 4 and 5 Management Development qualifications as follows:

Certificate in First Line Management

Diploma in Management Studies (DMS)

Advanced Diploma in Management Studies (ADMS)

  • Are you from a BAME background working within the public sector in a supervisory role or progressing towards a management position?
  • Are you interested in developing your management skills and potential by acquiring an accredited qualification?
  • Are you an employer wanting to cost effectively up skill your current workforce?

Courses run for one academic year and there is intake throughout the year. For more information and an application pack please contact:
Anusha Wijeyakumar at PATH National on 020 7001 2000.

red under Section 37 & 38 of The Race Relations Act 1976 (amendment 2000).

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FREE TRAINING at Finsbury College, London N4

In association with with the London Skills Council (LSC) and the European Social Fund (ESF).
We would like to offer Free flexible computer and assessor training to voluntary sector workers
and members. Find out more...

Limited availability.

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Make a new start and become a DRIVING INSTRUCTOR & be financially independent

FREE Driving Instructor Course for Refugee women.

account3 Women’s Consultancy Services Ltd in partnership with WITS Driving School is offering free training worth over £3,000 to successful applicants.

Applicants must:

  • Have a full British/ EU/EEA driving license held for at least 4 years
  • Be over 21 years old
  • Have good standard of English as required for teaching (level 2 minimum, we can assess this if
    people are not sure).

The course covers 3 parts as set by Driving Standard Agency (DSA):
Part 1: a computer based theory test
Part 2: a practical test of your driving ability
Part 3: a practical test of your ability to instruct
This course will be intensive and require a lot of time and commitment, ability to concentrate, read and comprehend English.

Once qualified, instructors will be offered work within a supportive women only environment and could potentially earn £20,000 - £30,000 per annum. We will also provide Crèche facilities for 2-5 year olds whilst training.

For further information and initial assessment please contact:
Toni Meredew or Angie Jackman, account3, 1-9 Birkbeck Street, London E2 6JY
Tel: 0207 739 7720 | Email: | WWW: account3.org.uk

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Inspire Fellowship Programme

Arts Council England, London announces the Inspire Fellowship Programme, a positive action programme in London’s museums and galleries sector.

The Inspire Fellowship Programme is a new initiative devised by Arts Council England, London in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and five national museums and galleries to address the under-representation of Black African, Caribbean, Chinese, South Asian and South-East Asian curators in the museums and galleries sector.

Inspire will allow five Fellows to take up placements in host organisations where they will receive
high-quality training and a bursary of £30,000 - £42,000 (depending on experience) over a two-year period.
The host organisations for the first cohort of Fellows are the British Museum, the National Gallery, the
National Portrait Gallery, Tate and the V&A. It is anticipated that further cohorts of Inspire Fellows will be appointed in the future.

Niru Ratnam, Inspire Programme Manager, said, ‘This is a ground-breaking opportunity to train with establishments who have great history and presence within the museums sector.’

The Programme is part of a strategic initiative delivered under section 37 of the Race Relations Act
(1976). Go to www.artscouncil.org.uk/inspire for more information or contact

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Youth Music - New programmes

Continuing the success of the previous programmes, Youth Music will be funding music-making activities through three new Open Programmes: First Steps; Make It Sound; Vocalise!

  • First Steps - First Steps will fund music-making activities for children aged 0-5. Awards will be between £5,000 and £15,000 for schemes lasting between 6 and 12 months.
  • Make It Sound - Make It Sound will fund music-making activities for young people aged 5-18.
    Awards will be between £10,000 and £30, 000, for projects lasting between 6 and *24 months.
  • Vocalise! - Vocalise! will fund singing and vocal activities for young people aged 5-18, with the
  • focus being on those aged 8-14. Awards will be between £5,000 and £20,000, for projects lasting
    between 6 and 18 months.

How to apply: Click here for funding
Website: www.youthmusic.org.uk - click on link "looking for funding".
Open Programmes applications take an average of three months to process.
Youth Music, One America Street London, SE1 0NE Tel: 020 7902 1060 Fax: 020 7902 1061 Email:

No end date indicated

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Grants: The Adventure Capital Fund

"The Adventure Capital Fund aims to provide organisations with a unique combination of finance and support, and work with you on a transformational journey as you become more self sufficient through using enterprise without losing your core mission. We´ll help you to get the best from your organisation by using finance and enterprise activity to deliver the rewards you and your community deserve.

We can provide finance that you cannot raise elsewhere. We always provide mentoring and support
services to help with organisational change and development.

We are looking for applications from organisations who feel that they are ready to use our investment as part of a finance package that will enable them to grow and become truly sustainable. We would not normally cover the total cost but supply funding as part of a mixture of finance (which can be raised from other sources, eg: grants, funding from Banks or Community Development Finance Institutions). We will assess each investment individually, but intend mentoring, business advice and support to play an equal part with funding in our investment.

We welcome applications from any organisation that meets our core criteria, but we are particularly interested in hearing from:

  • Organisations that are or could become Community Anchors*
  • Organisations led by members of Black and or Minority Ethnic communities (BME).
  • Rural organisations.
  • Organisations that are pioneering new ways of working.
  • Organisations that can demonstrate excellence in what they do and inspire best practise in others, for example, some of our investors act as mentors.

*Community Anchor – the Home Office defines Community Anchor organisations as having four key features:

  • They are controlled by local residents and/or representatives of local groups.
  • They address the needs of their area in a multi–purpose, holistic way.
  • They are committed to the involvement of all sections of their community, including marginalised groups.
  • They facilitate the development of the communities in their area."


Celia Watson
Development Manager, London Region, Heritage Lottery Fund, 7 Holbein Place, London SW1W 8NR
Direct Line: 020 7591 6183 | London Fax: 020 7591 6273 | Email:

Film London EAST Screen Skills Bursary Support

The new bursary scheme, 'Screen Skills', is a joint venture between Film London and Skillset. It is aimed at freelancers and employees in the UKs audio visual industries.

Please note: the scheme will be managed by Skillset and applications must be made directly to them. Guidelines and application forms are now available on the Skillset website .

Find out more about Screen Skills Bursary Support .

Potential funding support for individual training may be found via the Skillset Film website .

Film London Film-makers' Festival Fund (FFF)

Film London's Film-makers' Festival Fund (FFF) aims to support the development of individual film-makers' and moving image artists' careers, by providing travel grants for attendance at a small number of overseas
festivals where short films have been selected and are in competition.

In a limited number of festivals where short films are in competition, contributions are also available towards the costs of striking a first film print/ or production of digital masters where required by the festival for screenings.

For further information and to download guidelines, a list of qualifying festivals and an application form visit
the Film-makers' Festival Fund page .
Find out more about the fund on our *NEW* Case Studies page .

Other support for travel to film festivals worldwide:
The British Council provides festival support for British film-makers whose films are on the British Council's short films festivals submission scheme. They assist with freighting, funding towards the cost of a first print
and provision of travel grants to attend festivals. Follow this link for further details of the scheme and the
list of festivals supported through it: www.britishcouncil.org/arts-film-festival-submissions.htm .

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Link Up Mentoring Training

Link Up mentoring advice guidance
- become a mentor and/or advisor to emerging artists
- paid opportunities following training
- free training with access and childcare costs covered
- sign up now for March 2007 training round.

Link Up Mentoring Training

"I have been teamed up with a mentor who is an excellent match. I would encourage everyone to be involved with this project as a mentor or mentee!" Steven Whinnery, Performer

Link Up is the ongoing development programme for deaf and disabled Londoners involved in the arts. As part of this project we are seeking to match experienced deaf and disabled creative industry professionals with emerging artists.

Applications are open to deaf and disabled individuals from across the arts in London; e.g actors, visual artists, musicians, craftspeople and dancers.

Participants are offered free training to become mentors and / or advisors, and paid opportunities within the Link Up programme following successful placements.

Contact name: Theresa Rahman
Organisation: Shape
Phone: 020 7619 6165
Fax: 020 7619 6162
Other contacts: Minicom 020 7619 6161


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The Centre for Caribbean Studies, located within the Department of
English & Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London,
aims to promote interdisciplinary work within Caribbean Studies and to
develop the study of Caribbean literature.

The Centre for Caribbean Studies is offering a relatively new post
graduate course - the 'MA Caribbean Literature and Creole Poetics'. It
is a unique course in the very vibrant field of Caribbean studies. What
sets it apart, certainly in the UK, is that it offers an integrated
literary, critical and linguistic approach to the study of writing
emerging from the Caribbean space and its diaspora. Integral to the
course is the unique opportunity for students to learn a Creole (in
recent years this has been Haitian Creole) and to use the insights
gained from this experience to secure a 'lived' perspective on issues
of language, voicing and representation. The course is now in its third
year and its students have secured significant success, with several
having moved on to PhD study in the field.

Should prospective applicants wish to learn more, our website is
Dr Joan Anim- Addo shall, of course, be delighted to discuss the course
with interested students.

As a young course we are always looking for ways to raise our profile
and let potential students know of the option we represent.

Dr Joan Anim-Addo
Senior Lecturer
Caribbean Studies Centre <http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/caribbean>
Black Body in Europe <http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/blackbodyineurope>
English & Comparative Literatures
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, SE14 6NW

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