National Portfolio Organisation (NPO)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our NPO-funded activities moved online, many of these are still available for you to join in with from home, take a look at the listings further down the page.

As restrictions start to ease we hope to be able to deliver more activities face-to-face as well as continuing some online events. Sign up to our Children and Families newsletter to stay up to date with what's coming up! 

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We’re delighted that Inspire has been chosen to join Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.  As a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) Inspire will receive regular funding from the Arts Council, totalling £249,999 each year. This funding started on 1 April 2018 and runs until 2022.

This is the first time that library services have been eligible to apply to become part of the National Portfolio and we’re excited to be able to build on our successful programme of arts and cultural events held throughout our libraries.

We’ll deliver an ambitious plan of work to:

  • create an exciting programme of arts and cultural activities and events for children, young people and their families
  • develop innovative cultural programmes for under 5s
  • deliver a range of arts activity accessible to young people with disabilities
  • develop and innovate digital arts.

The events, workshops and performances made possible by this funding will be listed below or you can sign up to our news & events for children and families mailing list and we'll email details of relevant events over the coming months. 

Take a look at the video below to see some of the amazing activities and sessions we delivered throughout the pandemic and, although things may look slightly different going forwards with events in our libraries, we still aim to deliver exciting projects like these for you and your family to get involved with.

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Take a look at how you can join in...