"Cumbria Dance Development Plan"
Cumbria Dance Development Plan 2008-2011 Youth Work in Cumbria Partnership Lynn Fade Vista Projects (UK) Ltd 01931 715546 email@example.com www.vistaprojects.co.uk Contents Introduction 3 Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats 4 Local, Regional & National Context 5 Priorities for 2008-2011 8 Participation by Young People 9 Participation by Adults 10 Capacity Building of the Sector 11 Profile & Awareness Raising 12 Appendices Appendix I – list of consultees 13 Appendix II – Dance in Districts summaries 14 Appendix III – Countywide Dance Structure 20 Appendix IV – Funding Plan 2008-11 21 2 Introduction In 2005 Cumbria County Council commissioned its first Dance Development Plan. The Plan set out an ambitious vision and a series of actions to improve the quantity and quality of dance provision across the county within a three year time-scale, thereby increasing audiences and participation for cultural activity in Cumbria and contributing to the Creating Wealth for Cumbria theme of Cumbria County Council’s Corporate Strategy. As a result of the Dance Development Plan there has been a substantial increase in activity and investment in dance between 2005 and 2008 which has been unprecedented for Cumbria and overwhelming in its achievements. Cumbria now has high quality, accessible dance opportunities being offered in all six of its districts. This has been made possible through partnership working and funding commitments between the sports, arts and youth service sectors locally and regionally. The first Dance Development Plan 2005/08 identified gaps in provision across the four districts of Allerdale, Copeland, Eden and Carlisle. These districts are where activity has been targeted. There are now fifteen open-access, weekly classes being offered across these four districts in addition to a huge amount of work taking place in schools and other community settings. In October 2007, Cumbria County Council, with Youth Dance England and local partners The Brewery Arts Centre and DARE Dance Ltd, led a consultation event to report back on the achievements of 2005-07 and obtain the views of the local dance sector, key stakeholders and participants to help shape the future for dance in Cumbria (see Appendix I). The event highlighted the heavily subsidised nature of dance provision across the county and how important it now is to consolidate existing partnerships and identify new partners in order to sustain and strengthen the current level of provision. It was agreed to prepare a second Dance Development Plan for 2008-2011 to guide this consolidation and transition period. This second Dance Development Plan (2008-11) focuses on the best models for continued delivery and development, whilst still retaining some of the ‘bigger’ aspirations along the road to Cumbria becoming a centre of dance excellence. The Dance Development Plan sets out a series of priorities for 2008-2011 and how these will be delivered, together with a corresponding Funding Plan. 3 SWOT Analysis for Dance in Cumbria Strengths Weaknesses high quality youth dance activity now large rural county where the happening in every district opportunity for physical connectivity is not easy close links with school sports partnerships dance not compulsory in secondary schools and Cumbria Sport keeping website information up-to-date ACE Dance Festival, Brewery Schools Dance Platform, Brewery lack of GSCE Dance provision & Forum 28 community dance platform performance opportunities few high quality dance opportunities for adults commitment of 3 key venues and rural touring schemes to programming of ICT literacy of local dance artists high quality dance lack of an aspirational dance venue/hub large number of private dance schools lack of wider understanding and Community Dance Worker posts appreciation of the value of dance several accomplished community dance profile of dance within and outwith the county leaders based in Cumbria Cumbria not part of the regional dance large number of community spaces structure available & suitable for dance accredited dance opportunities for young people Cumbria Dance Partners Group (a countywide dance development team) volunteering programme for 16-24 year olds Opportunities Threats Cumbria Dance Artist’s Network to some funding for training is dependent formalise itself & take the lead for on identifying ‘new’ beneficiaries professional development alienation by and inaccessibility of new University of Cumbria – degree courses technologies www.cumbria-artefacts.co.uk carries all few dance training and employment local dance information & profiles opportunities – drives talented young people away from Cumbria local community transport schemes risk of low/no investment in youth dance at a national & regional level Youth Dance England Festival and regional developments few local advocacy tools with which to inform and attract new partners aging local population lack of confidence by partners to directly commission dance projects 4 Local, Regional & National Context Locally there is now high quality dance provision on offer to young people and the wider community in all six of Cumbria’s districts:- A full-time Community Dance Worker is employed by Cumbria County Council to work across Allerdale and Copeland districts working 2.5 days in each district. This contract is for 3 years until September 2009. The post-holder has a full daily programme of working within schools, extra- curricular clubs and leading weekly and holiday dance activity in youth & community settings. The community classes generate an income which offsets expenditure on venue hire and running costs. Two part-time Community Dance Workers are employed by Cumbria County Council to work across Eden and Carlisle districts working 13.5 hours in each district. Funding is again in place for this provision until September 2009. They work in a similar way to their colleague in West Cumbria, leading activity in schools during the day, running after-school clubs and leading Eden and Carlisle Youth Dance Companies during the evenings. One Worker is a breakdance specialist and leads Eden & Carlisle Breakdance Projects. DARE Dance Ltd is a non-profit making company, working for charitable purposes across the borough of Barrow. The company delivers a wide range of opportunities for young people including weekly classes for baby dance, infant dance, junior dance and youth dance. It also works regularly within schools and runs the Urban Moves Project led by UK breakdance champions. DARE organises regular showcase events at Forum 28 theatre to enable participants to share their work with audiences and supports the contemporary dance programming of Forum 28 with education workshops and masterclasses for young people. DARE organises an annual dance summer school for young people led by a professional dance company. The Brewery Arts Centre employs two dance development officers who offer a variety of weekly dance classes for young people and adults at The Brewery from baby dance to boyz moves, from youth dance to adult contemporary groups. The Brewery dance staff offer outreach opportunities within South Lakeland schools and organise the popular Brewery Schools Dance Platform annually. As a working theatre, the venue also regularly programmes a range of national touring contemporary dance and extends contact with these professional companies to the Brewery youth dance groups through workshop and masterclass sessions. In addition to these key publicly funded (and largely subsidised) opportunities, there are many other dance links across the county for young people and adults offered by private dance schools, community dance clubs, schools, colleges, University of Cumbria, arts venues, rural touring schemes and freelance dance artists. Cumbria has also been leading the way nationally with a new programme of dance movement specifically designed for people who 5 suffer from debilitating conditions. Led by a neurological physiotherapist who is also a trained community dance artist, these well-established community dance groups for people with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Disease meet weekly in Kendal. The impact of this work is now being formalised as part of a NHS research and evaluation project. The formation of Local Area Agreements - and the commissioning and delivery of work through Local Strategic Partnerships to address safer and stronger communities, children & young people, health and older people, and economic growth - really opens up an opportunity for dance to engage with new partners. Regionally, dance is in a state of flux. The regional dance agency, Dance Northwest, was disinvested in 2007 and is no longer in operation. Cumbria is keen to be part of whatever structure emerges for dance in the North West. A North West Strategy for Youth Dance was compiled in December 2007 on behalf of Youth Dance England, and Cumbria has contributed to this document. Arts Council North West is currently undertaking a scoping exercise to inform a North West Dance Development Plan, and Cumbria has been fully involved in the consultation process for this document. Nationally, there is a commitment to an 11% uplift in funding for dance through the Arts Council of England over the next three years. Cumbria feels that the investment it has made in dance over the past three years has put the county in a strong position to maximise forthcoming national opportunities. At present are four key national drivers which could provide opportunities for further developing dance for all people in Cumbria:- 1 The New Framework for Local Authorities & Local Authority Partnerships: Single Set of National Indicators 2 Integrated Youth Support Services 3 HM Treasury & DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) - Government Policy Review of Children & Young People 4 Choosing Health; making healthier choices easier white paper , November 2004 Firstly, the New Framework for Local Authorities & Local Authority Partnerships sets out 198 national priorities for local government and their partners over the next three years (2007-2010). Importantly, there are four national indicators to which dance can contribute:- NI 11 Engagement in the arts (DCMS DSO) NI 57 Children and young people’s participation in high quality physical education and sport (DCSF DSO) NI 110 Young people’s participation in positive activities (PSA 14) NI 124 People with a long-term condition supported to be independent and in control of their condition (DH DSO) Secondly, Integrated Youth Support Services (IYSS) is a requirement on all local authorities to establish integrated youth support services for all 6 young people aged 13-19. IYSS is about providing services to all young people according to their needs with the emphasis on the most vulnerable young people. This will include positive activities and personal development opportunities, universal access to information, advice and guidance, alongside more targeted work with those at risk of poor outcomes and highly targeted support for the most vulnerable. The IYSS approach offers significant potential for the direct commissioning of a major targeted programme of youth dance across Cumbria. Thirdly, the Government’s Policy Review of Children and Young People is a strategy that aims to transform leisure time opportunities, activities and support for young people in England and includes a series of recommendations. Most significantly for dance is that local authorities will give young people influence over at least 25% of spending on youth activities and facilities by 2018; councils will encourage youth engagement in volunteering; central Government is to allocate £60 million in unclaimed assets over the next 3 years that deliver youth facilities which are youth led and demonstrate local councils in partnership with the third sector; Youth Offending Teams, from 2008, to pool with local youth support services 10% of Youth Justice Board funding to focus on prevention; Primary Care Trusts to pool budgets for prevention of adolescent health problems with local authorities. Local Area Agreements will determine how this budget is targeted. Finally, Choosing Health; making healthier choices easier sets out the key principles for supporting the public to make healthier and more informed choices regarding their health. A range of pilot projects from 22 local authority areas around the UK, (Communities for Health, February 2007) demonstrated case studies and best practice. These projects detail how rural and urban communities have addressed a wide range of health issues and tackled health inequalities, several of them using dance as a key component of their programme. Again, there is an obvious opportunity for dance to be part of the Choosing Health delivery programme in Cumbria. 7 Priorities for 2008-2011 Cumbria County Council now has a good understanding of the local dance sector through its close working with dance artists and partners over the past three years. This, together with the Day of Dance consultation event in October 2007 and an awareness of the current social and economic contexts, has led to determining the following four priorities for dance in Cumbria over the next three years:- Increase participation in high quality dance opportunities for young people. Increase participation in high quality dance opportunities for adults. Improve the capacity of the professional dance sector locally. Raise the profile of dance in Cumbria. 8 Participation by Young People We know that young people in Cumbria who are already engaged in dance activities value the opportunities they have to participate. We believe that many more young Cumbrians could benefit. To support our priority of increasing participation in high quality dance opportunities for young people over the next 3 years we will:- Create a higher level progression route (Cumbria Youth Dance Company) as a stepping stone from the district-based Youth Dance Companies (see Appendix II). Create more opportunities for young people to perform locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Maximise the emerging opportunities and resources from Youth Dance England. Continue the provision of youth dance groups across Copeland, Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden until September 2009 (when current staffing contracts end). Increase dance provision in Carlisle in response to identified need. Apply Cumbria Sport’s Young Volunteers in Sport Programme to dance throughout the county. Increase the offer of Dance Leadership Awards and/or Youth Arts Awards to young people aged 14+ attending youth dance groups around the county. Negotiate with partners the continuation of youth dance provision across Copeland, Allerdale, Carlisle and Eden beyond September 2009 (when current staffing contracts end). Develop dance as an integral part of Cumbria’s Intensive Supervision & Surveillance Programme (Youth Offending Service). Organise a dance careers event for young people and their parents to raise aspirations and give an understanding of wider employment opportunities within dance. 9 Participation by Adults We know that we could be doing more to engage adults in dance activities that will have an improving affect on their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. To support our priority of increasing participation in high quality dance opportunities for adults over the next 3 years we will:- Continue the provision of adult dance groups across Copeland and Allerdale until September 2009 (when current staffing contracts end). Negotiate with partners the continuation of adult dance provision across Copeland and Allerdale beyond September 2009 (when current staffing contracts end). Form a working partnership with Cumbria County Council’s Adult Services Department. Jointly commission a dance project with Adult Services/3rd sector/Primary Care Trust. Actively pursue the direct commissioning of the Parkinsons Disease Dance Project by Cumbria Primary Care Trust elsewhere around the county. Start a weekly adult class in Eden and Carlisle districts. 10 Capacity of the Local Dance Sector We now know the size, location and needs of the dance sector in Cumbria and that it clearly has an economic and social impact locally. Over the past three years we have attempted to put in place a structure of dance provision and management that is equitable across the county and which joins-up the work of the six districts and their dance practitioners (see Appendix III). A major professional development programme (FACE) boosted the skills set of local dance artists during 2006-07. One of the legacies of this programme was the formation of Cumbria Dance Artist’s Network which meets regularly to extend member’s knowledge and experience, and for creative collaboration. To support our priority of improving the capacity of the professional dance sector locally over the next 3 years we will:- Assist Cumbria Dance Artist’s Network in becoming a locally recognised artist-led network, taking the lead for continuing professional development and creative connections. Continue to convene the Cumbria Dance Partners Group to ensure cross-district working, and to share good practice and new opportunities. Improve information dissemination and communication to the dance sector by introducing e-mailings rather than postal mailings. Continue to convene/contribute to district-wide Steering Groups to plan local delivery. (NB, there is no Steering Group in South Lakeland) Explore the feasibility of a major producing dance company re- locating to Cumbria. 11 Raising the Profile Cumbria’s dance offer has improved significantly since 2005. As a result we have been able to secure a good range of local TV, radio and press coverage. However, we could be doing more to celebrate our achievements and advocating for new participants, partners and opportunities. To support our priority of raising the profile of dance in Cumbria over the next three years we will:- Present the Parkinsons Disease Dance Project NHS Research to all the Local Strategic Partnerships and the Commissioning Panel of Cumbria Primary Care Trust. Showcase the impact of dance projects in Cumbria by commissioning a short DVD as an advocacy tool. Utilise the new Arts Participation Officer post within the Cultural Policy Unit to promote the value of dance across local strategic organisations. Issue four dance-specific media releases each year. Continue to submit regular dance updates to:- www.cumbria-artefacts.co.uk www.nwyd.org www.activecumbria.com www.wotson4u.com www.youngpeoplesvoice.com Explore the development of a flagship dance academy building in Cumbria. 12