CfL: Family Learning Festival e-bulletin

Funding for family storytelling
If you are a museum, library or archive the MLA are offering grants to support family storytelling events across the English regions, commencing during the Family Learning Festival 17-31 October 2009. The MLA are seeking innovative storytelling activities which open up access to the diversity of collections. Projects will need to support disabled children, parents and carers to engage with collections in new ways. Projects may also involve disabled storytellers and creatives supporting audiences to uncover stories, develop new narratives and explore perceptions. The closing date for applications is noon 31 August 2009. for more information visit
 Funding available for cooking clubs
If your school already has a cooking club, you might be eligible to receive funding and resources from Let’s Get Cooking. Existing cooking clubs are invited to join Let’s Get Cooking as an associate club.

Associate Clubs receive £500 to help open their cooking activities out to parents and members of their local community as well as a range of resources including recipes, activity ideas, wall charts and much more. You can also access the Club Zone of our website to link up with other clubs in your area and find out about competitions, training and events.

To apply to become an associate club visit

Let’s Get Cooking is a national network of healthy cooking clubs for children and parents, backed by £20 million from the Big Lottery Fund. For more information, please email 
 Planning materials and much more
Materials are now available to order from the Family Learning Festival website. You can order materials individually or choose our packs, designed to match the size of your event. All materials will be sent out from the 16 September except planning materials which will be sent to you within a week of ordering. Be quick to order as stocks will be limited.
 Free detective workshops for West Midland FLF events
Paul Wilkins is offering Family Learning Festival organisers, within a 25 mile radius of Birmingham, an opportunity to hold a free ‘Ancestor Detectives – Bring your Family Together and Discover Your History!’ workshop.

In the workshop, families will discover more about what happened on the day they were born in history; discover the meaning of their name; design family trees and create a family shield. If you would like to run a session for the Festival contact Paul at or call 07515898245.
New online books to fuel a family summer of learning
learndirect is launching two FREE online storybooks to help families make the most of their time together and have fun while learning. While the books encourage kids to learn about and use basic English language as they play, they might also make parents think about brushing up on their own English and maths.

The online books can be played at where users can also have a go at the online game, ‘The Legula Adventure’ or order a FREE copy of the interactive book ‘Where Did The River Go?’

Why not promote these great online books and resources to your learners? You could even use them as part of a Family Learning Festival event in October.
Make music from margarine
Find out how to make a Ukulele on sent to us by Corby Ukulele Project.

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