Mary loved art, but at 82 she hadn’t picked up a paintbrush for decades. Then she was invited to a painting session with artists in her care home. A few months later, she sifted through dozens of paintings that she had made – beautiful, dramatic pieces. Painting had invigorated her; it made her reconnect with her passion and with herself. Art gave Mary a new lease of life.
Laura AlcockFergusonMeasure this! Making the most of your evaluation.
Whether you love it, hate it or simply don’t get it, the Lobbying Act is the ghost at the feast. For some it has been unwelcome, even scary. Others like its greater transparency. Many find it nebulous and hard to pin down. (OK, you’ve now stretched that metaphor to its limit – Ed)
SMK TeamThe Lobbying Act ‘chilling effect’: reality or perception?
We discussed the role of young people in social change at the latest Social Change Project event. Despite the snowy weather, we were energised by the debate with young people and those who work with them. Here are my five reasons to be cheerful, inspired by our conversations:
Rachel CainFive reasons to be cheerful about young people and social change
In my last column I wrote about Oxfam being described by a former charity minister as a ‘front group for Corbynistas’ and what seemed to me to be a deliberate and dangerous obfuscation of the difference between being ‘political’ and ‘partisan’.
Sue TibballsOxfam reveals vulnerability of charity sector: we must all look to our mission
The former charities minister, Rob Wilson, hasn’t pulled his punches since losing his seat last year. In a recent Daily Telegraph column, he accused Oxfam of disappearing up its own “morally righteous posterior” for issuing a tweet that said “we have an extreme form of capitalism that only works for those at the top”.
Sue TibballsSo Rob Wilson, just who is being partisan here?
Many cultural commentators try to claim that mainstream arts and media are simply leisure activities designed to fill our leisure time and that ‘art’ is about beauty and ‘media’ is about diverting entertainment, and both are irrelevant to the forming and maintaining of the economic, political and moral values of our society.
Chris JuryThe Social Change Project: On class, culture, diversity and social change
On the face of it, the second annual Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner Survey does not make for happy reading. Clearly, charity campaigning is still in the midst of something of a crisis. Yet, dig beneath the headlines and a more complex picture emerges, one that requires us to reflect on ourselves as well as the rest of the world.