Thank you and farewell to Amelia Lee, who will be leaving the ICA:UK staff team at the end of June after over 5 years as Youth Participation Programme Manager.  During that time, Amelia's leadership has enabled and supported thousands of young people to play leadership roles themselves, and so to make a positive difference in their communities and in the organisations that serve them. You will be able to read her own reflections on the programme and her time with ICA:UK in the upcoming issue of ICA:UK Network News.

On behalf of the staff team, and ICA:UK as a whole, we wish Amelia all the very best for her ongoing roles with Feminist Webs (hosted by ICA:UK in recent years) and LGBT Youth North West, and as a freelancer in the field youth work and diversity - including as a freelance associate of ICA:UK.  From July, Amelia can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Regrettably the ICA:UK youth programme has not escaped the impact of the recession and public spending cuts that have had such a devastating impact on the youth sector, so the post and the programme will not continue in their current form. We will, however, continue to offer facilitation, training and consuting services to existing and new clients and partners in the sector, drawing on the extensive capacity and experience within our network of associates as well as within the staff team.

The latest issue of the ICA:UK network newsletter is online today, with 12 pages of news, reports & features from ICA:UK and our members, partners & Associates in the UK and worldwide.

Click on the image (right) to download the pdf, or visit our ICA:UK Network News page.

ICA:UK has teamed up with ICA Spain to offer a 5-day course in English in Madrid in September, "Facilitative Leadership and Group Facilitation Methods for Social Inclusion and Gender Equality".

The course has been approved by the EU funded GRUNDTVIG (Adult Education) programme for 'mobility' grants to cover the full costs of attendance, including travel within Europe, board & lodging (up to €650) and course fee (€750). It is also open to all on a self-financing basis.

For details see the Grundtvig training database ref #ES-2012-342-001 and wesbite of ICA Spain, and download the course details and practicalities (pdf) and pre-registration form (Word).

The deadlines for pre-registration are April 10 for mobility grant applicants, and June 1 for other applicants.

International Development Minister Stephen O’Brien was in Manchester on Monday to congratulate ICA:UK on a grant to support education projects in Togo.

The Department for International Development is contributing £60,000 over two years towards a project which supports community owned primary schools with teacher training and resources.

The Enhancing Education in Rural Communities project and was established in partnership with Togo’s Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA Togo). It covers eight communities in the Maritime Region of Togo which have established schools that are currently attended by about 1,000 pupils.

The project has already:

  • trained 24 volunteer teachers;
  • distributed 1,400 books and other learning materials; and
  • trained 33 members of the Parent Teacher Association in resource mobilisation.

Stephen O’Brien said:

"Small, innovative projects like the one run by ICA:UK can have a great impact at local level. Working through UK charities, grants of this kind will help nearly 6 million people in over twenty countries across Africa and Asia."

ICA_TogoFor further information, read the article on this project in the July 2011 issue of the Village Volunteers newsletter, and visit again for further updates. See also the DFID press release.

Please consider supporting the work of our African partners as a Village Volunteers sponsor, or by making a donation now via GlobalGiving.

ICA International is delighted to present the second edition of the new ICAI global magazine: 'Winds and Waves.'  We received a very favourable response from readers for our first issue, last October. You will find that this month's magazine is equally as informative and stimulating; again being filled with reports and stories from the many ICAs around the world. In addition this issue has several articles highlighting the preparation for the ICA 8th. Global Conference on Human Development, to be held in Nepal in October this year.

Winds and Waves is available through the ICA International website in several formats to download or to read on line, also a high resolution PDF to download for printing - Winds and Waves, February 2012

Thank you again to all those who attended the ICA:UK AGM & Annual Conference "People making change: sharing approaches that work" in Manchester on January 21.

Download here the summary report and the #pmc12 twitter timeline.

We are pleased to publish ICA:UK’s very first Annual Review. This is designed to present an attractive overview of ICA:UK and how we pursue our mission and embody our values, in terms of our strategy, our achievements and our finances for the year July 2010 to June 2011.

We also hope it may whet your appetite to find out more, to support our work, or to get involved yourself – you will find hyperlinks throughout the document to web pages for further information, and a number of ways to support or get involved in our work. To support our work please join us or make a donation now.

We are also pleased to publish our full statutory Annual Report & Accounts for the year 2010-11 as usual.

The latest issue of the ICA:UK network newsletter is online today, with 12 pages of news, reports & features from ICA:UK and our members, partners & Associates in the UK and worldwide - click on the image (right) to download the pdf, or visit our ICA:UK Network News page.

Please join us for the ICA:UK annual conference and AGM, Saturday 21 January 2012 in Manchester. 


AGM 2012 invite


BOOK NOW,  or for details please download the invite (pdf), the programme flyer (pdf) and the AGM notice (pdf). 

Join us to share approaches that work, as we celebrate 50 years of ICA supporting people to make change worldwide.

"Brilliant! The Group Facilitation Methods course was an excellent two days, expertly delivered and consistently engaging. I am already thinking of loads of ways I can use it!" - Eleanor Pryde, Programme Performance and Support Officer, Locality

Are you under pressure to collaborate more, to engage with your stakeholders and work in partnership, more and more effectively?

Are you also under pressure to be more enterprising, to sweat your assets and to generate new sources of revenue?

Well, if you might be able to provide space for our training, then we might be able to help on both counts.  We would like to establish partnerships with local organisations who can host our training courses in exchange for free and discounted delegate places.

We would offer you free or discounted facilitation training at your place, wherever you are - including any of the courses already on our public schedule, or even custom training drawing on our extensive experience of facilitating participation and partnership working in the youth & community sector, in international development, and in the wider voluntary and public sectors. 

In exchange for say 2 or 3 free course places, we would expect you to provide the venue & catering (and maybe even trainers' board & lodging) to accommodate a public course for say 10-18 participants in total, so that we can charge our regular fees to the others to cover our trainers' fees and any other expenses.

If you think you could fill more than 2 or 3 places, from among your own people or by publicising the course through your own channels and networks, then we can provide you with your very own promotional code so that those you recruit will get a special discount and so that you will get a cut of what they pay as well.


Follow the links above for details of our training & expertise, and please contact Martin Gilbraith right away, to talk about how we might work together. We would also be happy to talk about offering discounted course places in exchange for discounted facilities, if that works better for you.

We are looking for additional volunteer Trustees to join the Board of ICA:UK from January 2012 - for details please see our vacancies page.

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