In May 2001, the Government launched the £70 million Local Network Fund for Children, a three-year programme aimed at combating child poverty through support for community groups administered by the Community Foundation Network. In July, the Chancellor extended the fund for another two years with an £80 million boost.
Creating Magic highlights the work of 66 of the 1,500 groups that have so far been supported by the fund. Among the projects celebrated is Breckon Hill Outdoor Pursuits Club in Middlesbrough. The project helps children at a local school take part in trips to museums and theatres that their parents could not arrange - either because it was too expensive or they had no transport.
Two projects that deal with the problem of bullying are featured in the book. Sob Story is a peer-led project which uses role play, creative writing and visual arts to address the subject, touring secondary schools in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.
The Anti-Bullying project aims to stamp out bullying in Wolverhampton schools by encouraging children to work as a team. Interactive CD-Roms on coping with bullying have been made available to every primary and secondary school in the city.
Single copies of the book are available free from publisher Community Links.