NCVO guides to commissioning

As part of its work to support arts organisations seeking public sector commissioning opportunities, NCVO has made two guides available. The Commissioning and Procurement guide is a tool for organisations new to commissioning.

Writing for your health and wellbeing; 'Writing Exercises that Work', Pen and Tonic

A guide book for using writing for health with community and health groups and for personal development.

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Voluntary Arts Briefings on online Gift Aid and Charitable Incorporated Organisations

Voluntary Arts has published two new VA Briefings – one describing how to claim Gift Aid online and the other on the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation form.


Public Art - A Guide to Evaluation: 3rd Edition 2013

ixia has published an updated guidance document to help users of the Toolkit evaluate their public art projects. This document is edited annually in response to changes in UK Government policy.

Free online cultural marketing resource CultureHive launched

A new free online knowledge hub, CultureHive has been launched which aims to support the arts and culture sector to produce successful marketing campaigns and develop audiences, as part of Arts Council England's Audience focus initiative.

Volunteering in the Arts Toolkit, Voluntary Arts and Volunteering England

This toolkit has been produced to support small and medium-sized arts groups who struggle to improve the support they offer volunteers. The Volunteering in the Arts Toolkit includes:
• ideas, suggestions and recommendations

Public health services non mandatory contracts and guidance

This non-mandatory contract is designed for use by local authorities in commissioning services to meet their new public health functions.

Charity Commission podcasts about trusteeship

A new audio podcast about trusteeship is now available from the Charity Commission's website and YouTube.

Measuring the economic benefits of arts and culture

This report, written by BOP consulting on behalf of Arts Council England, aims to provide arts and cultural organisations with clear guidance about undertaking or commissioning studies into the economic benefits of their work.

New guidance on strategic commissioning

A new online guide for artists on how to understand and work with strategic commissioning aims to help them respond effectively to changes to the way that councils and public sector bodies are working.


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