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Rise in school exclusion rates amongst autistic pupils

Source By: Tes

The number of children with autism being excluded from English schools has increased by 60 per cent since 2011, according to new data.  

Figures from Ambitious about Autism – a national charity for children and young people with autism – show that exclusions of children with autism increased by at least 44 per cent in every part of England between 2011-12 and 2015-16.

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Booking is now open for Refugee Tales 2018

Source By: Refugee Tales

  • Registration: 0830 St Matthias Hall, Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington, N16 8DD
  • Nearest train stations:
    (start)  Dalston Kingsland (½ mile) trains to Stratford (London) 7 mins. and Clapham Junction 27 mins.

    (finish) Westminster
  • The Walk of 2018 will make a passing visit to the Whitechapel Gallery and  end in Parliament Square, Westminster, SW1A 0PW
  • EVENING EVENT : Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
    This is a separate event at the The British Library which is NOW FULLY BOOKED – Sorry.
  • Accommodation: none

(download a PDF of this listing HERE)

Book Now – Click HERE

If you are new to Refugee Tales have a good look at the route & the programme here.

Volunteer Plus: a national website for volunteering

Source By: Volunteer Plus

A new national Volunteer Plus website will be launched next Monday during Volunteers Week 2018.

Powered by Volunteer Plus software and the data of Volunteer Centres from 10 counties including Essex, Shropshire, Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex and Newcastle, the website will enable volunteers throughout England to search for opportunities local to them.

More than 45 Volunteer Centres nationally are already using Volunteer Plus software. It has supported approximately 35,000 enquiries and 28,000 new registrations over the past year. This includes 10 Volunteer Centres throughout Essex which combined efforts to create Volunteer Essex.

Volunteer Centres who wish to be part of the planned website can find out more about the Volunteer Plus software by emailing, calling 01621 842511 or, from Monday, by visiting

National charities who would like a presence on the website are also invited to get in contact to discuss advertising opportunities.

The Volunteer Plus website will be live on Monday 4 June at:

Join our 'Sporting Hackney Mind' World Cup Programme

Source By: Mind in Hackney

Culture Seeds - Now open to apply

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Now open for applications

Culture Seeds is part of the Mayor of London’s draft Strategy for Culture, Culture for all Londoners.

The new grants will be used to support community-led cultural projects in every London borough.

Culture Seeds will support small or informal organisations and groups as well as individuals as it is often harder for them to access funding.

The Mayor wants to see more local arts and culture activities created and put on by local people in London. That’s why Culture Seeds is aimed firmly at grassroots organisations.

The grants are for funding arts, culture and heritage projects and activities. This includes:

  • visual and performing arts (like music, dance and theatre)
  • filmmaking and film screenings
  • heritage projects
  • digital art
  • cultural events/festivals
  • literature, spoken word, reading groups
  • craft and making activities
  • choirs/singing groups
  • creative writing

Projects must have local people at their heart. We want projects that offer shared creative experiences to bring communities together. We will prioritise projects that support people on lower incomes, and connect communities that lack access to cultural resources and funding.

The programme will also offer successful applicants help with:

  • marketing and monitoring your project
  • applying for future funding
  • recruiting and working with volunteers

Who can apply?

  • individual Londoners
  • not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000

You don’t have to be a formally constituted group. However, you should have a bank account with two signatories or nominate an organisation who can accept the funds on your behalf.

You must also provide two referees who can vouch for your work in your local community.

Culture Seeds roadshows

We will be hosting Culture Seeds roadshows around London to offer advice and guidance on applying.

We will be adding to this list all the time.

Current roadshows:

  • Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 4pm-6pm, City Hall, London, SE1                              Click here to register
  • Thursday, 31 May 2018, 4pm-7pm, Battersea Arts Centre, London, SW11     Click here to register
  • Thursday, 7 June 2018, 2.30-4.30pm,  Polka Theatre, SW19                       Click here to register
  • Friday, 29 June 2018, 2pm-4pm , Croydon Voluntary Action, CR0               Click here to register
  • Friday, 27 July 2018, 10am-12pm,  City Hall, SE1                                        Click here to register

Please contact us, if you would like to attend.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for anything between £1,000-£5,000.

Culture Seeds is now open for applications.

Read the Culture Seeds prospectus, guidance notes and access the application form.

Culture Seeds is a two-year rolling programme. There are no deadlines and you can apply at any time.

Funding will be available until Spring 2020.

Please do not rush your application and read the Guidance Notes thoroughly to give yourself the best chance of being funded.

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