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Points of Light: Celebrating outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth

Points of Light Team

, February 13, 2018 — Civil Society

https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a real change in their communities.In the run-up to April’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting taking place in London, volunteers from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations are being thanked and recognised by Her Majesty The Queen as Commonwealth Points of Light.From combating homelessness…

Six works marking 6 February

Chantal Condron

, February 6, 2018 — Culture

Government Art Collection Curator, Information & Research (Modern & Contemporary Art)

Government Art Collection Curator Chantal Condron selects six works from the Collection to mark the passing of the Representation of the People Act 100 years ago, when women (over 30) won the right to vote in the UK.Pioneering activist and writer, Mary Wollstonecraft argued for the equality of women and men, and for women’s representation. Her…

Celebrating equal rights

Sue Owen

, — Civil Society

Permanent Secretary, DCMS

Today marks a significant anniversary in the history of the campaign for equal rights. The UK Suffrage movement pioneered democratic dissent against inequality laws and attitudes, championing the rights of women to vote and stand as MPs.One hundred years ago today Parliament passed The Representation of the People Act, the first step to women being…

#LocalCharitiesDay: Drive Forward on helping care-leavers achieve their potential

Ruby Lawrence

, December 15, 2017 — Civil Society

Head of Corporate Engagement, Drive Forward

At Drive Forward Foundation we are united around a belief that every young person deserves the chance to achieve their potential. Unfortunately, for care-leavers in the UK this is all too often not the case. These young people face a wide range of challenges including: financial and housing related instability, lack of positive and effective…

#LocalCharitiesDay: Rediscovering self-worth with Woman’s Trust

Heidi Riedel

, December 12, 2017 — Civil Society

CEO Woman's Trust

Woman’s Trust provides free, confidential and non-judgemental mental health support to women across London who have been affected by domestic abuse. 1 in 4 women in the UK will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, something that can have a serious, long-lasting effect on women’s mental health and which is recognised as the most prevalent…

#LocalCharitiesDay: The inspirational work of Remap

David Martin

, November 21, 2017 — Civil Society

Chief Executive at Remap

Linda teaches piano and singing, so was devastated when treatment for breast cancer left her unable to support her left arm or move it sufficiently to play the piano, even though her fingers were unaffected. She was unable to work and was left feeling very frustrated.Fortunately, Linda’s occupational therapist had heard of Remap, a charity…

Celebrating the economic contribution of arts and culture

On Saturday the Centre for Economics and Business Research published it’s report into economic contribution of arts and culture, and I’m very encouraged by the results.During my first months as Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, I have visited a range of arts organisations across the country. I continue to be hugely impressed by our…