/ Blog (Page 2)

Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist, culture at the heart of every community

Fun Palaces are about bringing arts and sciences, crafts and technologies together, making all culture accessible to all people – primarily by handing over curation of cultural engagement to the public. Over two weekends in 2014 and 2015, 5262 local people created 240 community Fun Palaces with 90,000 people taking part. These are great numbers […]

Read More…

New Cultural Strategy

In the next couple of months the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will be launching proposals for a new, far-reaching cultural strategy, the first in 50 years, that reflects the world today. We welcome the initiative and the Minister’s vision and ambition; as such Vice-Chair Polly Hamilton has recently co-ordinated a response on behalf […]

Read More…

Concerns regarding the English Baccalaureate

As a body cCLOA takes a strategic view and recognises the positive aspects of the English Baccalaureate with the country needing to compete in a global economy.  However, we are most concerned that if these changes are not well managed, they could prevent many young people from reaching their potential and also have far reaching […]

Read More…

Speedo Fit an example of digital legacy

Four years ago a 19 year old hoodie (my term of affection for a digital genius) walked into my office with an idea for an app. His idea was not just about improving information for the consumer but, if it worked, could add granularity to our existing sports facility database. The most common way of […]

Read More…

Is there a Parks Alliance?

  Back in October 2012 I represented CLOA at The UK’s first Public Parks Summit. The country was still inspired by the Olympics where our green spaces had been the arenas for a wealth of inspirational sporting moments. The sector had at last woken up to the need to pull together to prevent parks being […]

Read More…

Is it that time already?

 These are the personal views of Yinnon Ezra, Specialist Advisor for Libraries, and not those of DCMS. The year at DCMS has really flown by! What follows are some thoughts about my time in DCMS, which ended on the 31st December 2013 and some wider observations, which I hope won’t bore the reader too much. I […]

Read More…

Musings on being awarded Public Servant of the Year

2012…well what a year that was, and I didn’t think it could get any better, but it just has!! In public service, you work all your life trying to make things better for the community you serve, trying to make their lives a little bit easier, a little bit happier and certainly more fun and […]

Read More…

An approach to making savings in Public Libraries

By Yinnon Ezra MBE MA FRSA, Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), Public Library Advisor (these are his personal views and not those of the DCMS), Graeme Mc Donald, Chief Executive Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Janene Cox, Commissioner for Tourism and the Cultural County Staffordshire CC & Chair of Society of […]

Read More…

Sport England Procurement Toolkit

Sport England has long been an advocate of best practice and a source of advice and guidance in the sports and leisure sector, providing toolkits and guidance in areas such as strategic planning, design guidance, governance and asset transfer. During the last 12 months there have been an increasing number of requests for assistance and […]

Read More…