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Smell the Roses – #CommunitiesCan

Pauline Grant

Pauline Grant, July 28, 2020 — #CommunitiesCan

Founder and Chair, Smell the Roses

Smell the Roses is a small and new charity in the North East of England.  We offer ReTreat Days to mums/female carers who have children of any age with any form of additional need.  The days consist of creative workshops, pampers, a quiet room, a peer support room and our Wellbeing Coordinator Flo Foster’s massage…

Enjoy Summer Safely in Lincolnshire

Charlotte Goy

Charlotte Goy, July 22, 2020 — Enjoy Summer Safely

CEO, Visit Lincoln

Lincolnshire – the best of city, countryside, and coast.Throw in heritage, culture, aviation, exceptional food and it’s easy to see why it is a well-loved destination. An active role in TourismHowever, no-one could have predicted the challenges 2020 would present.  So to hear that Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston MP, himself a Lincoln lad, was visiting…

Ruby’s Fund – our passion is to support families of children with SEND #CommuntiesCan

Helen Davies

Helen Davies, July 17, 2020 — Civil Society

Thriving Families Manager at Ruby’s Fund

The effects of COVID 19 have had a huge impact on families of children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).Disruption to schooling, lack of childcare, cancelled medical and therapy appointments, family and friend support networks unable to help, concerns about children with fragile health becoming ill and changes to valued daily routines have, in…

The benefits of family reading in and out of lockdown

Dr Carina Spaulding

Dr Carina Spaulding, July 16, 2020 — Culture

Research & Evaluation Manager, The Reading Agency

As a charity dedicated to working towards a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life, we at The Reading Agency have been keenly interested in the ways lockdown has affected our relationship with books and reading. We partnered with Beano Brain Omnibus to survey over 10,000 7-11-year-olds across the UK to…

Wallace Collection: Bringing life back into the galleries

Sarah Harmer

Sarah Harmer, July 14, 2020 — Culture

Director of Development, The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection reopens this week after almost exactly 17 weeks of closure. Except for the two World Wars, this period has been the first time the Collection has closed to the public since we opened in 1900. We are incredibly excited to be welcoming back staff and visitors to the Collection – bringing life back…

The new normal for Cotswolds tourism

Susie Hunt

Susie Hunt, July 12, 2020 — Tourism

Partnership Manager, Cotswold Tourism

This weekend saw the start of our new ‘post-Covid normal’ as hotels, pubs, restaurants and more retailers were finally able to open their doors again to the public following the March lockdown.I don’t know about you but I quite liked the old ‘normal’, when a night away in a hotel meant time with a loved…

Youth Concern – Thank you for helping us open virtually #CommunitiesCan

Hannah Asquith

Hannah Asquith, July 10, 2020 — Civil Society

Chief Executive of Youth Concern

COVID-19 and lockdown has affected all of us.Outings we had previously taken for granted became fraught with difficulty; a trip to the supermarket could at once be the highlight (being out!) and the lowlight (no toilet roll!) of a week. Visits we’d have made without thinking to friends and family were now impossible. And juggling…

Interdependence, co-creation, and hope

Jacqui O’Hanlon

Jacqui O’Hanlon, July 3, 2020 — Culture

RSC Director of Education and Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance, an independent body that champions the rights of all children to arts and culture Cultural Learning Alliance

RSC Director of Education and Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance, an independent body that champions the rights of all children to arts and culture Cultural Learning AllianceRSC Director of Education and Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance, an independent body that champions the rights of all children to arts and culture Cultural Learning Alliance.

 I am Director of Education at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance. Both roles are fundamentally about the same things: championing the right of all children and young people to high quality arts and cultural learning. Both are driven by a mission to democratise who makes, creates, and shapes arts…

Meet the bright UK-South Africa Tech Hub alumni who have taken the first steps to expanding into the UK market

UK South Africa Tech Hub – January 2020 programmeAt the UK-South Africa Tech Hub, we look to equip entrepreneurs with the right skills, mentoring and introductions to scale locally and globally – while sharing UK expertise and best practices to stimulate local digital economies​. We build high-end digital skills, and forge innovation partnerships between local tech sectors…