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SCEP SPOTLIGHT: University of Southampton’s Activity Pack Scheme

In this SCEP SPOTLIGHT post, we take a look at the Activity Pack scheme run by SCEP member University of Southampton.

Within just over a year, the Activity Pack scheme from University of Southampton transformed from a 2,500-pack initiative meant to address the digital divide exacerbated by the first COVID-19 lockdown (which saw families with limited or no access to the internet or suitable devices further disadvantaged), into a project that has distributed a further 18,000 packs nationally via schools, charities, and youth organisations.

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Invitation to Tender: SCEP Programme Management

Invitation to Tender

Southampton Cultural Education Partnership Programme Management  

Southampton Cultural Education Partnership (SCEP) is tendering for an experienced cultural education consultant or consultants to work with the SCEP Steering Group and members, from October 2021 to September 2022, to shape our long-term goals, enable the development of the partnership with a clear action plan, contribute to essential child-focused activity, develop and deliver SCEP Transition and Better Lives Through Culture programmes, and support the city’s long-term cultural education ambitions. 

Please click here for Brief for Services which outlines the SCEP, the contract deliverables, outcomes, required competencies, budget, timetable and tender process. 

Tenders must be submitted by Sunday 10 October 2021, 5pm.

Please send your tender to SCEP@soton.ac.uk

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SCEP SPOTLIGHT: Liam Gifford and The Nuffield Collective

By Paige Michel-Strachan

In our next SCEP SPOTLIGHT post, we’re profiling SCEP member Liam Gifford and his work with The Nuffield Collective. Our SCEP SPOTLIGHT series sheds light on the diverse membership of the Southampton Cultural Education Partnership (SCEP) and the brilliant work they do.

Liam Gifford is a theatre-maker, qualified teacher and engagement professional who specialises in leading community projects and directing plays with and for theatre-makers of all ages and backgrounds at all levels. He studied at Dartington College of Arts where he gained an honours degree in Theatre, and then later achieved a PGCE qualification in Drama at Aberystwyth University. Now, Liam plays an important role in leading and mentoring The Nuffield Collective.

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SCEP SPOTLIGHT: SoCo Music Project and Sounds of Southampton Vol. 1

By Paige Michel Strachan

Welcome to our brand-new series, SCEP SPOTLIGHT, in which we will be shedding light on the diverse membership of the Southampton Cultural Education Partnership (or SCEP) and the brilliant work they do. Our members are organisations and individuals who have create positive change in Southampton, making arts and creativity accessible for children and young people.

First up on SCEP SPOTLIGHT, we will be profiling SCEP member SoCo Music Project. SoCo is a national charity investing in music-making projects which support children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically. They particularly work with those who do not have the opportunity to make music because of their circumstances, where they live, or what they’re going through.

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£130,000 Game-changing Local Partnership Investment

StreetArt! Children’s Public Art, commissioned by John Hansard Gallery, Southampton City Council and Go! Southampton

Announcement: Better Lives Through Culture Investment for Southampton, 10 March 2021

  • Set to benefit 100s of children and young people directly, with aims to benefit 1000s through change-making ripple effect
  • Co-created programme for children and young people with children and young people 
  • Bigger than its parts, connecting across the city to create real impact for children and young people. 

Southampton Cultural Education Partnership has been awarded its first large-scale investment of over £130K by Artswork to support an ambitious two-year programme set to directly benefit hundreds of children and young people across the City. 

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