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Film London Awarded HLF Development Grant

Film London and London's Screen Archives have received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to develop a major three-year project focused on the moving image history of 15 London outer boroughs. 'London - A Bigger Picture' aims to engage local communities in the capital, to inspire interest and ownership in their local screen heritage.

The project will specifically work with groups who would not typically watch heritage film and also those whose stories are not well represented in London's current moving image collections.

Governing London

Following the re-election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London, the capital’s local government leaders “reiterated their commitment to a closer and strengthened partnership for the next four years”.

London Councils has published a plan - Governing London Towards 2016 - setting out how the Mayor and local councils can be a united voice speaking up for London.

Creative people and places fund opens for applications

The Arts Council has launched a new £37 million fund to support arts activity in areas where levels of involvement are currently low. Over three years, the Creative people and places fund will invest in around 15 programmes of activity that use radical new approaches to developing excellent, inspiring and sustainable arts experiences for communities not currently engaging with the arts.

London NHS provider to cut third of voluntary sector funding

NHS Enfield primary care trust has confirmed that in financial year 2012/13 the voluntary sector in the borough will receive £500,000 – a third less than the historic spend of £750,000 in previous years.

The cuts were first mooted by NHS North Central London, parent organisation to NHS Enfield, following its annual review of its provider contracts in October last year. Findings of this review were discussed at the NHS North Central London and Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group’s January board meetings and a statement confirming the cuts released on 9 February.

London's health priorities

Saving more Londoners’ lives through the early diagnosis and prevention of cancer and tackling childhood obesity are among the key priorities identified by the new London Health Improvement Board. The board, which is chaired by the Mayor and includes representatives from the capital’s 33 local authorities and NHS London, has been set up to take a strategic pan-London approach to tackling some the biggest health problems in the capital.

Arts 4 Dementia London Arts Challenge in 2012

Arts 4 Dementia (A4D)’s London Arts Challenge in 2012 programme of challenging activities for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers, is now part of the London 2012 Inspire programme. From February to September, there will be courses of free weekly workshops art, comedy, scriptwriting and drama, dance, Indian dance, music, photography or poetry and communication at fourteen arts venues around the capital.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

GO Create and the Wellcome Trust present the 'Hands On' Project

For the past year, artist Isobel Manning has been exploring the ritual of hand washing in the hospital environment.

Streetwise Opera to give homeless performers a platform in the Olympics at the Royal Opera House

Streetwise Opera will be presenting an Open Mic event called With One Voice on 2 July 2012 during the London 2012 Festival to showcase the skills of 200 performers who have experienced homelessness from all over the UK and abroad.

With One Voice will be hosted by the Royal Opera House in the Paul Hamlyn Hall in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Homeless Link. The evening will culminate in all performers and the audience coming together to sing a newly-commissioned work by composer Gavin Bryars.

London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Local Leaders and Olympic Torch Relay

Various announcements relating to next year’s Olympics have been made, including:

1. Ruth Mackenzie, director of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, announced her plans for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad and launched the website www.london2012.com/festival.

RSPH Award for Well London

The Well London Alliance Partnership has won a Health Promotion and Community Wellbeing award from the Royal Society for Public Health. The award recognises Well London’s achievements and innovative approach to promoting community health in 20 of London's most disadvantaged areas. The award will be presented at the House of Lords in November. The RSPH will also produce an article for the "Perspectives in Public Health" journal in early 2012.

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