Book News: October 14th, 2004

The booklet was inspired by a seminar held in Oldham in March 2004 to discuss ways in which culture and sport can create a sense of local pride and belonging. The event proved that authorities, agencies and community groups are increasingly focused on how the arts, sports and museums can support communities in improving the quality of local life. It outlines how these networks of expertise and enthusiasm can help to meet the changing needs of young people and their communities and make sporting and cultural initiatives work in the future. Aspects of using sport and culture to build community cohesion are highlighted in the booklet and they include needs analysis, partnerships, growing and adapting projects and evidence and evaluation. Celebration is described as the x-factor which explains why communities respond so well to artistic, cultural and sporting initiatives.The booklet is available free of charge from: Amy Ward, Strategy, Policy and
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