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Towards the end

Why the Baring Foundation has been funding arts for older people and what we have funded for the first eight years of our grantmaking. This new report updates our 2015 publication Getting on and concludes with our plans for the final two years of the programme (2018 and 2019).

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Dutch Old Masters – and Mistresses: Creative ageing in the Netherlands

An overview of participatory arts for older people in the Netherlands, with inspiring examples from across art forms, including music and dance, literature and spoken word, visual arts and museums and digital arts.

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Late opening: Arts and older people in Scotland

Late Opening was commissioned by Luminate and the Baring Foundation. It seeks to summarise the remarkable range of creative ageing projects across Scotland and asks what needs to be done to help this activity continue to thrive.

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Arts in care homes: online resource

This online resource of arts activities for care homes was developed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence with the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA).

Involving people who live in care homes in the creative arts can delight, inspire and even bring health benefits. This resource offers care teams, including activity providers, many practical ideas on how to get started and covers a huge range of art forms from theatre and dance to puppetry and gardening.

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The role of local authorities in creative ageing

Local authorities are in a ideal position to encourage and facilitate arts for older people because of their unique combination of roles and interests, which include citizens’ health and wellbeing, local arts and culture, older people’s services, social inclusion and community leadership.

This short publication looks at how a focus on the arts for older people can enhance local authorities’ delivery and effectiveness in each of these areas, often without huge financial resources.

It includes case studies from each of the four corners of the UK showcasing examples of great work by local councils with very different populations and using different approaches, to support creative ageing in their areas.

This is a second edition of a report first published in 2013.

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Growing the creative ageing movement: international lessons for the UK

This report showcases and synthesises the learning and experiences from a ‘Creative Ageing’ fellowship scheme run by Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) and supported by the Baring Foundation.

The WMCT funds UK citizens to investigate inspiring practice in other countries. In total, 47 fellows over four years took up creative ageing fellowships, including arts practitioners, dancers, therapists, care workers, writers, trainers and directors.

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A shared society? The independence of the voluntary sector in 2017

The sixth in a series of annual health checks of the relationship of the state and the voluntary sector, the report explores the potential of the new context created by Brexit, including Theresa May’s personal commitment to a Shared Society, and looks at what needs to change to make that vision a reality. The report was published by Civil Exchange and funded by the Baring and Lankelly Chase Foundations.

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Successful Use of Strategic Litigation by the Voluntary Sector on Issues Related to Discrimination and Disadvantage: Key Cases from the UK

The third working paper by Dr Lisa Vanhala brings together ten examples stretching over a decade and covering a wide variety of issues of discrimination and disadvantage. Although no panacea, and with its costs and risks, in the right circumstances strategic litigation can be a powerful tool for the voluntary sector in redressing social injustice. It is hoped the report will prompt voluntary organisations without legal specialism to ask if they should  be considering strategic litigation in the service of their charitable mission.



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Framework for better use of the law by voluntary sector organisations

The second working paper, by Dr Lisa Vanhala, for our new STVS programme seeks to give a conceptual framework to the programme by suggesting typologies  for the use of the law and for types of voluntary sector organisation using the law.


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Funding Civil Society in the Global South – A Discussion

 The Baring Foundation was one of a number of funders to support a one day conference in London run by Bond to examine how we can best support civil society in the Global South. A note of the conference is available to download below.