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This section provides a list of resources and information. Each resource has been classified according to the category heading.

Useful websites, blogs and twitter accounts for people wanting to share information, find out what is going on locally and learn what different groups, organisations and people are doing within Lewisham.

A New Direction acts as Arts Council England's 'Bridge organisation' for London, connecting young people with great arts and culture.

When marketing your events or services locally there are several different media that will help you reach children and young people.

The Mayor’s Youth Task Force, led by Pete Walsh, ex head teacher of Forest Hill School, met during 2010 and published its final report to the Mayor and Cabinet on 19th January 2011.

This short handbook on measuring well-being is produced by the Centre for Well-being at nef (the new economics foundation), and is designed primarily for voluntary organisations and community groups delivering projects and services, to help them kick-start the process of measuring well-being outcomes.

“A pioneering methodology that enables a wide range of organisations and programmes to identify and demonstrate their impact on mental well-being”

With unprecedented difficulties facing the voluntary and community sector as a result of recent funding decisions, it is vital that organisations across England are able to challenge bad funding practice, and work in partnership to develop and design better policies and services.

The report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills

Organisations who are researching the impacts for arts, education and culture, with interesting information, resources, reports and articles.

A brief run through of trusts, unincorporated associations, company limited by guarantee and charitable incorporated organisations.

From lesson and resource ideas to behaviour management techniques, this Guardian article explores how Pinterest offers a wide range of support and inspiration for teachers with young students.

Lewisham Today

by Kevin Sheehan

Head of Strategy, London Borough of Lewisham. 7 June 2010

The Arts council  and Voluntary Arts Network have both published handbooks giving guidance on how to organise an event.

Individuals and small organisations may have little experience of developing a business plan, feel daunted at the prospect and be unsure of what information is required or how to present it. Funding organizations will want to know who you are, what you want to do, how you want to do it, where the money/resources will be coming from and finally, when and how the money will be spent.

Goldsmiths Careers Service have launched their new portal for advertising volunteering opportunities to Goldsmiths students.

LEAN can offer extensive help with monitoring and evaluation; there is also additional help on offer in the borough from the Community Services Directorate and Voluntary Action Lewisham who run occassional courses - check our Professional Development section for any current courses.

This document provides guidance on appropriate ways of documenting the impacts of arts for health and well being, whether through small scale project evaluations or large scale research studies. It suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

A brief overview with links

Since 2012, Arts Council England have been working with a range of arts and cultural organisations, devising and testing a set of principles to underpin high quality work by, with and for children and young people. 

By Andreja Mesaric for  Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network  May 2013

Organisations across the UK are researching early years and the arts, here is a list of interesting projects, research and reports

An ongoing list compiled by LEAN research into early years and the arts

The infographics have been developed by bringing together a number of different existing datasets, to see what they tell us about the different areas of London.

Useful documents for anyone working with, or thinking of working with schools in the UK.

The Arts Council has published a new self-evaluation tool to help arts organisations evaluate their performance and plan for the future