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News from Carnegie UK Trust
September 2019
New Project: Talk of the Town
The Trust is offering to support individuals from towns in England and Wales to tell the story of their town, in their own words. We want to amplify the uniqueness, strengths and diversity of towns; and Talk of the Town will articulate and present the towns’ stories. Find out and apply at Talk of the Town – the deadline for applications is Friday 4 October 2019.
Engaging Libraries applications closing soon!
There are just two weeks left for public libraries to apply for Engaging Libraries Phase 2! We are offering funding of up to £50,000 to deliver creative, exciting public engagement activities on research around health, society and culture. To learn more and apply, visit our website.
Fife home to first Living Wage Town
On the 28th August, Glenrothes officially became the first Living Wage Town in the UK, as part of a new accreditation scheme launched earlier this year by the Living Wage Foundation and Living Wage Scotland, supported by the Carnegie UK Trust. The scheme is designed to harness the power of place, involving local employers, communities and people, to help extend the Living Wage to more workers and lift more people out of low pay.

Earlier this year saw Dundee announced as the first Living Wage City, and International House in Brixton become the first Living Wage building.

Digital, Safeguarding and Kindness
Staff wellbeing, flexible working, neutral devices and the role of funders are just a few of the topics explored in the first two #NotWithoutMe Labs run in Glasgow and London. The Labs examine a range of challenges and tensions organisations experience when developing effective digital and social media polices and practice, and contribute towards safer and more effective use of digital to achieve the best outcomes for young people. A further workshop is scheduled in Cardiff in October.
New partnership on Fulfilling Work in Ireland
Carnegie UK Trust and TASC are bringing together perspectives on job quality and the future of work in Ireland in a new essay collection. ‘Ensuring Good Future Jobs’ will launch in November. The collection will feature contributions from key social partners in Ireland, including business representatives, academics, the trade union movement and wider civil society.
Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland: announcing co-production and shared leadership direct support
On National Co-production week, and as part of its Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project, the Trust announced that we have commissioned Community Places to provide support to the project participants on co-production, and the Centre for Effective Services to provide support on shared leadership.
The support is designed to help build effective partnership working and enhance the skill sets of the Community Planning Partnership organisations and local citizens in Northern Ireland. Both programmes will commence this month. Find out more in our new project leaflet and blog posts for What Works Wellbeing and the Alliance for Useful Evidence.

Carnegie 100

Sunday 11 August 2019 marked 100 years since the death of our founder, the great Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. In recognition of this historical landmark we published a special blog series explaining how the Trust is continuing Carnegie’s legacy, 100 years since his passing.
Good Work and the Productivity Puzzle
This summer the Trust has moved forward with our new RSA partnership project, considering how ‘good work’ contributes to solving the UK productivity puzzle. We have convened an Expert Group, including key academics, the TUC, CBI, Be the Business and McKinsey, commissioned three pieces of new research and analysis from the Warwick Institute of Employment Research, and explored the challenges and opportunities of ‘good work’ based productivity strategies with employers at an lab hosted by the RSA. The final stage of the project will be the launch of new research and thought leadership in the autumn.
Understanding Our Towns
We have created a series of films that will give you a snapshot of the work we are doing in the Towns team. ‘Understanding our Towns’ looks at how communities can gather evidence about their places; ‘Creating Opportunities for Towns’ details our recommendations for towns and government; and ‘New Powers, New Deals’ breaks down our research into the impact of Brexit on towns. Watch this space!
New Report: The Enabling State: Where are we now? Review of policy developments 2013-2018
Analysing the evidence from across the four UK jurisdictions and over 180 sources, The Enabling State: Where are we now? provides a review of participative, outcomes-based, joined up policy making since 2013.
Detailing progress made towards the seven shifts from a Welfare State to an Enabling State, the report highlights that none of the jurisdictions are currently delivering on all of the shifts, but that overall Scotland and Wales have seen more development over the past five years than England and Northern Ireland. Our blogs for
Rethinking Poverty and LGIU Scotland give a short overview. 
Celebrating Kindness
On 8th October, we are celebrating the Kindness Innovation Network at the Scottish Parliament. For more information on this, please contact
As the Labour Party considers a new wellbeing law, our new infographic sets out what we think should be included.
We are on Medium!
We have recently joined the online publishing platform, Medium. We will be sharing our stories and ideas through regular staff team blogs on the themes of Enabling Wellbeing, Flourishing Towns, Digital Futures and Fulfilling Work. Catch up on our blogs so far here.
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