We've just published the latest in our series of corporate responsibility updates, focusing this time on the work we've done to make sure the BBC is managed in a responsible manner - you can read the full newsletter supplement on our website. Here in the newsletter, you can also read more about recent awards for dance schemes from the BBC Performing Arts Fund and a project in Salford which saw hundreds of our new neighbours visiting the buildings there.

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Dance Fellows celebrating their success.

BBC Performing Arts Fund fuels dance talent

The BBC Performing Arts Fund has recently awarded a total of £130,000 to 13 dance organisations across the UK. Each organisation will host a Dance Fellowship placement in order to support talented individuals through the early stages of their dance careers and help them establish themselves in the professional world.

The charity is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes such as I'd do Anything and Over the Rainbow .

Each year the Fund's work focuses on a different art form – music, dance or theatre – and grants are distributed via two schemes, one for individuals and one for community groups.

Having been busy in 2011 creating opportunities for dance organisations and individuals across the UK, the BBC Performing Arts Fund will turn its attention to music in 2012.

Visit the BBC Performing Arts Fund website.

Coming up...

MediaCityUK in Salford will be coming alive this month when the free Celebrate Sport events hit the plaza. People will be able to take part in a football radio play, practice sports commentary and take a penalty in the mascot challenge.

BBC staff members will be out and about celebrating the season in Shepherd's Bush. The staff choir will be performing three free carol services in the area for community members and colleagues.

As part of the Discover Music season, the BBC Scottish Sypmphony Orchestra will be performing The Prokofiev Piano Concerto for an audience in Glasgow. The performance will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

More forthcoming events

A Take two student interviewing an elderly woman about sport

Remembering sports

BBC Outreach is a key partner of the Take Two project, which is helping a number of young people in west London and Salford develop confidence and communication skills. BBC Sport recently joined in to help some of the students create a short film about the sporting memories of local residents in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Over two days, the students received training on interview techniques, camera skills and editing. They used their new skills to organise a lunchtime event for members of the Queen’s Park Rangers Extra Time Group. The over-60’s came to share their stories of famous sporting events and their own sporting achievements.

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The sign of the Tyneside Cinema, the venue of the BBC's event.

Raising awareness of child poverty

Children North East and the Beatrice Webb Memorial Trust recently held a national conference to consider solutions to child poverty.

BBC Newcastle hosted a special screening of the BBC Two documentary Poor Kids. This moving programme revealed some shocking realities about the scale of child poverty in the UK and raised awareness about the struggles so many families face everyday.

Local children and representatives from charities in the area were invited to the event, and after the screening the children performed a drama piece which powerfully demonstrated their feelings about child poverty.

Read about the programme online.

Front cover of the new corporate responsibility update.

Responsible updates

We've just published our latest corporate responsibility update, which you can find on the BBC Outreach website. The quarterly updates take a detailed look at a specific area of our corporate responsibility work, and this time the focus is on our business.

We look at our approach to diversity in our workforce and some of the steps we have taken to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply to roles with us.

You can also read about some of the work our Procurement team has been doing with our suppliers.

Find the full report online.

Logo being shown before a Community archive screening.

Archive open to the community

BBC Northern Ireland's Community Archive reflects all aspects of the BBC's work.In an attempt to make its contents more accessible to local audiences they asked people from across the arts and broadcasting to take part in a short series of Illustrated Talks, making use of recordings from the BBC's archives.

A series of screenings also explored television's recent past and celebrated memorable local programmes.

Introduced by well-known figures, the screenings included iconic 1970's documentary Dusty Bluebells and a black and white presentation of 1950's Ulster, Family Farm.

Visit the BBC Northern Ireland website.

An attendee at an Have You Got News For us event.

Have you got news for us?

Organisations and voluntary groups often have interesting news to share but may be unsure of who to contact at the BBC with their stories.

The Communities and Partnerships Team at BBC Cymru Wales were out and about this autumn talking to organisations large and small to help them get their stories on air.

The Have You Got News For Us? workshops, run in partnership with Community Voluntary Councils, gave advice on the best ways to get in contact with programmes and services with news about their work.

Visit the BBC Cymru Wales site.

Two young boys enjoying a BBC weather iactivity at the open day in Salford

MediaCityUK opens its doors

Last month over 500 local residents descended on the new BBC offices in Salford. The MediaCityUK site opened its doors to the public for the first time, with ticketed tours taking place throughout the day.

Two exclusive performances of Meet Mr Bloom pleased our younger neighbours while residents from Salford and Trafford enjoyed seeing the state-of-the-art TV studios and learning about the background work that goes into our productions.

Tours for the general public will open next February, so watch this space for more information.

Find out more about BBC tours.

The BBC Learning team behind the Stargazing live events.

Starry eyed

The dazzling series Stargazing is returning to our screens in January. The programme is funded by BBC Learning, which is supporting the campaign with events and activities. Anyone interested in taking part can sign up on the BBC Things to Do website.

Stargazing has partnered with the BBC Big Screens to bring live telescope images to the public during the day as part of Lunchtime Stargazing Events and an interactive 20 Stargazing Questions game.

A range of school resources is being released and a Schools Day will give BBC News School Reporters the chance to interview Brian Cox, who will be presenting a live webcast lesson.

Visit the Things to Do site.

Mayor of London's Green procurement Awards logo.

Green procurement award

The combined purchasing power of London based companies has huge potential to tackle the capital's waste problem, reduce carbon emissions and contribute to the Mayor of London's target of cutting the capital's carbon emissions by 2025.

BBC Procurement entered the Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code scheme to evaluate and benchmark the BBC's procurement procedures and commitment across the supply chain.

Each year London organisations that have addressed environmental issues in their supply chains are recognised at an awards ceremony. We received the bronze award earlier this year.

Read the full report on line.

And finally...

BBC Bristol's media training scheme, Face2Face, is now in its sixth year. It provides 8 weeks of media training for 15 young people. Last year three quarters of the trainees gained further media opportunities after the scheme.

Visit the BBC Bristol website.

The BBC is leading the way with Give an Hour, a major national campaign. Alongside its many partners, the BBC will be encouraging people who use the internet regularly to help others who are still offline to get started by 'giving an hour'.

Visit the Give an Hour website.

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