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NEWS IN FOCUS | Inspire Culture

8th February 2017
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NEWS IN FOCUS | Inspire Culture

This week’s News In Focus program, discovers more about ‘Inspire Culture’ the group behind the areas libraries, cultural arts services and ‘County Youth Arts’ project, who turn twenty next week.

Inspire, backed by Nottinghamshire County Council, are responsible for over sixty of the regions libraries, but as this week’s show discovers, are not just responsible for overseeing the loaning of books.

From engagement work within the county’s schools, to theatre and adult learning – Inspire offer a wide range of activities and services, to help engage the county’s residents in culture and arts.

On this week’s News In Focus, Craig Priest discovers more about Inspires Adult Learning program and how the group are pooling together their reserves to offer courses for free to learners.

One such learner is Nicola Clifford who said “I was a bit sceptical at first but then when I looked into it and went into the Library, they (the staff) were more than helpful. The tutors are more one to one as well, she’s great – she explains things in great detail and to be honest, I don’t regret doing it one bit and I know my peers in my group also enjoy it.”

Also in this week’s program, we’ll find out more about the County Youth Arts project who celebrate a double birthday next week, as they turn twenty as a project and celebrate ten years based at the Old Library in Mansfield, which has really helped the project thrive.

Andy Dawson is the County Youth Arts project manager, and said “Before we had the venue, we were just office based – we’ve got a recording studio that is absolutely second to none, we’ve got a fantastic theatre space, MAC suite, we’ve got a café – we’ve got all of these wonderful resources and we’ve been able to develop projects on site where we’ve had much greater input into how they’re run and the partnerships that develop from that.”

You can hear more about that and find out more about Inspire Culture here https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/ and by listening to this week’s News In Focus with Craig Priest Thursday at 6pm.

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