Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT) tenants hit the ground running when they started an LHT funded Community Reporter course. The reporters interviewed and filmed fellow tenants on the subject of welfare reform. See here for the full article.
This programme is being run by Toxteth TV one of our social licencee holders (check out their fantastic content site here). This is great news and really shows how the reporter programme can create income for organisations. Reporters will also become members of the Institute of Community Reporters a fast growing network of reporters across the UK.
Voluntary Sector North West have a great idea. They have created a web site Listen Value and Invest to share stories, and ask decision-makers to commit to real action to listen to, value and invest in the Third Sector. They say “As Big Society becomes the big news for the third sector, against a backdrop of financial cuts, we are asking the government and statutory agencies to listen to, value and invest in individuals, communities and the third sector”
The site really highlights some of the great work being carried out and there are loads of great stories. I have highlighted just 3 films that were produced for work being carried out in the Heath and Well Being sector
The nights are drawing in so it seemed like the perfect time to share with you some lovely pictures of the latest round of Community Reporters recieving their membership badges to the Institute of Community Reporters.
First off, the wonderful folks at Jennyruth in Ripon, North Yorkshire. The group were trained by our Social Licence holder in York MRS Consultancy, as part of the ISABEL project. They were supported in making some wonderful films and thoroughly enjoyed the process…as can be seen refected in one their finished pieces here. A beautiful job, well done to all and I’m happy to welcome the learners into the Institute of Community Reporters.
Next up, Breakthrough UK. We delivered a full, 12 week Community Reporter programme, as part funded by the Right to Control trailblazer pilot. The were incredibly committed, creative, sharp and great fun to work with and they produced tons and tons of content! Below is a picture from the presentation ceremony – again, we offer the members a warm welcome ot the Institute and congratulations on a job well done.
Finally – for now – Bonfire night had an extra bang for some Great Places residents in Oldham. The group recently completed some film-making sessions which earns them Silver membership to the Institute of Community Reporters. On top of creating some great work – a film-making first for all of the group – they were thrilled to receive their badges and certificates to the ICR. Also worthy of note – it’s great to see a Housing Association using its own residents to develop peer to peer promotion. Really forward thinking. Good luck to their new Commuinty Reporters.
The Big issue in the North one of our partners in the Health and Well being programme in Salford has come up with a great idea. A Digital Street Magazine.
From 29th October, The Big Issue in the North will be available from street vendors in Manchester both in its traditional print format and as a printed card featuring a unique redemption code which, when typed into a web browser or scanned with a mobile phone, will download the digital edition of the magazine.
The digital edition – which is backed by the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), a charity which supports street papers throughout the world – is designed to give people a choice in the way that they read the magazine. The Big Issue in the North hopes that it will help them to engage with a new audience, many of who prefer to read content on mobile phones and tablet.
To take a look at a sample issue of the magazine visit www.binorthdigital.com and type in the following access code: : RC8XPFAG/2352
It’s great to see organisations embracing new and innovative approaches that are not only using the new form of communications but supporting people to have a voice. Hope the project is a success and would be really interested in hearing how it goes.
If you want any more information on the project then contact Victoria Blakeley at Citypress on Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org 0161 2385 0330 / 07590 658 301
Community Reporting is all about local people telling stories about their local area and community. East Manchester has featured in the news recently following the killing of two female police officers in the area.
The Observer this Sunday wrote that “parts of Greater Manchester are effectively in lockdown” however for People’s Voice Media, who have worked in the area for well over a decade, there is a rather different picture.
Local residents have been producing a variety of stories highlighting their local community and it’s not about weapons and terror on the streets.
Instead it is those everyday real life stories about Edge Lane Allotments (on the borders of Clayton and Droylsden) holding a Neighbours Day:
An allotment as an oasis.
East Manchester residents celebrating growing their own food:
The Observer describes “North Road that cuts through the east Manchester district of Clayton, a police car can be seen scouting a red-brick boxing gym every 15 minutes… part of the huge police operation designed to stymie further bloodshed”. Less than a third of a mile away is Clayton Sure Start at the Wells Centre.
People’s Voice Media has been running sessions here for many years, giving people the skills to tell their stories and publish them online.
Stories such as what goes on at The Wells Centre
… or the importance of volunteering and getting involved in your local charity shop.
So whilst The Observer reports hopes that “Greater Manchester’s east side does not descend into the intercine gun war that engulfed the south of the city two decades ago” Community Reporters tell a different story.
For more stories from Community Reporters in Manchester see: