Recent Projects

Recent Projects

A Cultural Framework for Merton

Building on the LGA framework for Culture and Sport, Sue has been working with Merton Cultural Services to develop a strategic model.

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This has involved mapping service activities to Merton’s priority outcomes and developing a new tool to support strategic decision making and advocacy. Sue has also provided staff training, supporting resources and led forward planning and case study development .

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“Survive and Thrive” for London’s Museums

STAR CIC has been working with the Museum of London to deliver the “Survive and Thrive” Programme.

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Museum London Garden

The programme aims to support London’s local authority and independent Museums, utilising a self-assessment and peer challenge approach. The project has involved training and mentoring museum staff and leading a peer challenge of Gunnersbury Park Museum in advance of their Heritage Lottery Fund stage 2 bid, as well as supporting the London Museums Peer Network to address particular issues such as fundraising, where they were able to draw on Andrew Holden’s considerable expertise in this area.

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Love Libraries Love Volunteering

Following developing a successful funding bid to the Greater London Authority’s Team London, Sue Thiedeman is leading a pan London libraries volunteering project involving 14 London boroughs.

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Love Libraries Boris

Boris Johnson personally thanks Sue Thiedeman
for her work with London’s library services
at a Team London Reception.

The project has a policy of non-job replacement and volunteers are used to support their local services as well as to strengthen the library’s position in the community. The project has signed up almost 4,000 new volunteers and delivered over 76,000 volunteering hours, a monetary equivalent of almost £650,000 of investment. Volunteers have come from all ethnic groups and range in age from under 16 to over 80. The project has helped to strengthen the engagement of local people with libraries and local communities, 95% of volunteers think that volunteering in the library makes the community better for local people and 73% are more likely to recommend the library to others and 75% more likely to recommend volunteering. 84% felt that volunteering in the library had helped them to meet new people, with 68% reporting meeting people of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds and being more likely to socialise with them. Volunteering is an effective way to help improve health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation and enhance skills; over 60% felt  that volunteering in the library had given them a sense of purpose and made them feel happier.

London Councils is hosting the project website and resources from the project, including latest reports, evaluation, case studies and the best practice volunteering toolkit can be found here »

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HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

In March 2012 Sue was delighted to be asked to provide project management for HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit to North London.

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Queen Diamond Jubilee

Her Majesty the Queen visits a Valentines Park and Mansion for her Diamond Jubilee Tour.

A spectacular four day festival of art and design was organised at Valentine’s Park and Mansion in the London Borough of Redbridge which began with a visit from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, thousands of people gathered in the park to see them . The festival celebrated six decades of art and design and included an exhibition of prestigious works of art, by Damien Hurst, David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and Chris among others. The project was incredibly complex bringing together a multitude of elements and working with a number of high profile partners amid top level security.

A photo gallery from the visit can be found here and BBC news information here.

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Outcomes Framework for Culture and Sport

Sue was commissioned to update the Local Government Association Outcomes Framework for Culture and Sport, to bring it in to line with new frameworks for health and young people.

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The framework and toolkit can be found on the LGA website.

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Peer Supported Improvement

Sue has long been a champion of peer supported improvement and building on the work done by the London Cultural Improvement Programme.

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STAR CIC

Sue has developed a network of trained peers who are available to provide peer challenge and help drive improvement in London Local Authorities.

Sue has been working with the Museum of London to support their “Survive and Thrive Programme” using peer supported improvement methodology. The programme aims to support non - national museums in London to improve their sustainability and capacity to respond to change.

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London Chief Culture and Leisure Officers Association

Sue is currently honorary secretary to the London Chief Culture and Leisure Officers Association.

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Presentations and resources from the conference on 6th December 2012 can be found on the CLOA website.

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London Cultural Improvement Programme

Sue developed and directed the London Cultural Improvement Programme, building capacity and driving regional improvement in local authority culture and sport services across the capital and resulting in London moving from the worst performing English region to the best in under three years.

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London Cultural Improvement Group

The programme comprised a range of specific projects designed to deliver targeted improvement, including the London Library Change Programme and Heritage Change Programme. The programme created strong brand awareness, aligned strategic partners and raised over £2million which was invested into the sector, resources from the programme are available on the London Councils website.

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