�54,000 grant for those missing out on North Devon culture

A �54,000 grant to the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon and various local partners is set to help more people access the region s culture and learning services. An Adult Learning Forum will be created in the region to help people such as those with youn

A �54,000 grant to the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon and various local partners is set to help more people access the region's culture and learning services.

An Adult Learning Forum will be created in the region to help people such as those with young children, those suffering rural isolation and people accessing mental health services.

The Government grant is part of a "learning for pleasure" innovation spearheaded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

"We are going to bring the cultural sector closer to some of the people we think could benefit from the learning opportunities we provide," said Julian Vayne, outreach and education officer at the museum.


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"We believe learning through culture has tremendous power as a therapeutic tool and in terms of building self-esteem and community.

"We're really pleased to have this opportunity to involve people who might otherwise not experience the facilities we offer."

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The Adult Learning Forum will create links between Children's Centres and the region's mental health services to cultural sector organisations, from The Coast and Countryside services, and North Devon Theatres Trust, to the Record Office.

The projects, many spearheaded by partnerships between public, private and third sector organisations, are aimed at improving mental health, physical well-being, active citizenship and community cohesion, as well as providing a stepping stone towards further learning, qualifications and employment.

For more information about activities at the museum call (01271) 346747 or visit www.northdevonmuseum.org.

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