This report presents the speeches, discussion and conclusions of the Independence Summit held at the Baring Foundation in July 2009. This one-day event brought together 70 practitioners, policy makers, funders and academics interested in how to advance the independence of the voluntary sector from government. The aims of the Summit were to join up the range of current activity to promote independence, to look forward to future challenges to independence, to ask what are the priorities for action and to help the Baring Foundation to develop priorities for the fifth year of the STVS – independence grants programme. Accompanying the main report is an Annex which gives the full text of all the speeches by Julia Unwin, Andrew Hind, Professor Nicholas Deakin, Sir Bert Massie, Sarah Benioff and Matthew Smerdon.
Supporting Parents with Learning Disabilities and Difficulties – Stories of Positive Practice
The Baring Foundation has supported a consortium led by the Norah Fry Research Centre on creating a better deal for parents with learning difficulties and their children. The latest publication from this Special Initiative gives a unique insight into how the right support to parents produces enormous benefits to these families.
Sitting on Chairs: Observations on Capacity Building in Developing Countries
This paper by Dr John Twigg, our International Development Adviser, draws lessons from the first twelve independent evaluations of grants that we make to UK based International NGOs to build the capacity of Southern partners to respond to the needs of refugees and internally displaced people. (In the first years of this programme grants were made for work in Latin America and Africa and since then we have only funded in Africa). The report concludes with recommendations to both funders and to INGOs.
Each year the Baring Foundation has invited organisations it funds under this programme to an all day practice exchange and discussions. This is the closing speech of Kate Organ, Arts Adviser to the Baring Foundation to the final such event. In it she summarises some of the achievements and outcomes of this programme.
Ageing Artfully: Older People and Professional Participatory Arts in the UK
Report by David Cutler. To accompany the Foundation’s core costs grants programme for arts organisations working with older people, we have published the first UK wide mapping study of this work. 120 case studies of organisations were identified and numerous examples of all art forms; especially dance, drama, music, singing and the visual arts. The report looks at the history of the movement and puts it in a policy context. The main benefits of this work, beyond artistic expression are seen as improved physical and mental health and better personal and societal relationships. The report concludes with thirteen recommendations as to how this work can be strengthened. Ageing Artfully has a foreword by Dame Joan Bakewell, the Government’s ‘Voice of Older People’. Hard copies are available free of charge from the Baring Foundation’s office.
Interculturalism: social policy and grassroots work
Report by Malcolm James. In 2008, for the first time the Baring Foundation funded the Awards for Bridging Cultures, run by the Institute for Community Cohesion. The awards are for grassroots work. This paper looks at the implications for social policy of the winning and commended applications. It builds on the author’s previous (2008) paper for the Foundation:Interculturalism: Theory and Policy. It offers a critique of the notion of interculturalism and its relationship to social cohesion policy arguing that they are often too focused on fixed notions of ethnicity and geography, denying the complexity of identity.
Between 2004 and 2009, the Baring Foundation has focused its arts programme on arts organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers. In relation to this we made an exceptional grant to the Institute of Public Policy Research (ippr) to part fund an investigation into the representation of migration in museums and galleries. This was published as Stories Old and New. In response to this report, the ippr working party that commissioned it, has written a short paper called A Moving Story, advocating the creation of a specific museum on migration in the UK.
Six essays collected and published by Oval House Theatre. This collection of essays explores projects in drama, video, photography and music developed by a range of artists who work with young refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. There is also a funder’s perspective included in the collection.