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Southport Reporter®

Edition No. 163

Date:-- 14 August 2004

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Student Jobs Bolstered by RNID

TO ALL DEAF STUDENTS... are you worried about how to earn money when you return to University? Are you looking for a job that you can fit around your studies? Did you know that if you have a typing speed of at least 65wpm you can become an electronic note taker and support over two million people in the North of England who are deaf or hard of hearing? With a salary of £15 per hour and a totally flexible workload it's easy to fit with a busy schedule. 

RNID, the largest charity representing the nine million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK can train you to be an electronic note taker, and provide you all the skills and equipment you need to get started.

Electronic note taking is a form of communication support for deaf and hard of hearing people, and is one solution to the barriers deaf people face when communicating with hearing people. It can be useful in group situations such as in lectures or meetings where the group is too large for lipreading to be a feasible option. It also works well in one to one situations where a deaf person uses English rather than British Sign Language, and does not find lipreading easy. The electronic note taker summarises the spoken conversation which they type onto a laptop, and which appears on the laptop screen of the deaf client through special software.

Louisa McDaid, an electronic note taker, studying for a PhD says:- "I enjoy electronic note taking and can easily fit it around studying, as well as a busy social life. It's great being in control of what hours I work. Electronic note taking does require lots of concentration though, as well as the ability to precis information accurately, and type very fast. I think it's a brilliant way to earn money as well as provide a worthwhile service for local deaf and hard of hearing people. It's so much better than the jobs I had when I was an undergraduate!" 

Belinda Barrick, RNID Senior co-ordinator for the North of England, says:- "By providing good electronic note takers in the local communities throughout the UK, we are improving the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing people. They can help with access to services and facilities that many hearing people take for granted. For a training course near you, please contact RNID."

To find out more about training as an electronic note taker, contact Lynne Bateman:- Development Training Officer, Comm Training, 19-23 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8SL, Tel:- 020 7296 8268, Text:- 020 7296 8050. For electronic note takers in the North of England, contact Belinda Barrick, Senior Co-ordinator - North, RNID Communication Services, Aeroworks, 5 Adair Street, Manchester, M1 2NQ, Tel:- 0161 276 2307, Text:- 0151 276 2308

Do you have a band?

ANYONE reading our news service should know by now that we now have our very own radio station.   We are after unsigned talent from Merseyside.  So if you have any original recordings of your self, or your band and you think it might be good enough to play on our station, ring us on 01704 513 569 and we will give you more information as to how you can get played on our rapidly growing station.

WINDOWS WITH OPPORTUNITIES

CAREERS in the glass and glazing industry are promoted by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)'s careers leaflet which gives guidance on career opportunities within the glass and glazing industry for young people. The industry has very wide and diverse opportunities, which can be accessed via industry experience or with qualifications. The Glass and Glazing Federation works with training providers and government organizations with necessary links to provide training for the glass industry. The leaflet shows case studies where training has improved job satisfaction and achievement for staff of GGF member companies.

Industry's future is the employees' future, and employees need skills to do their jobs properly. From September a focus will be on young people with real ability being given options to spend 2 days a week with employers.

For further information on the Careers Leaflet please contact peter Dunn at the Glass and Glazing Federation email pdunn@ggf.org.uk. 

Tennis for all cash boost

ANYONE for tennis? Families in the Bootle, Seaforth, Litherland and Waterloo areas of Liverpool are being provided with their first ever experience of the sport in a joint initiative between the Community Foundation for Merseyside and Waterloo Lawn Tennis Club.

The Community Foundation has provided nearly £5,000 from the South Sefton Key Fund to subsidise a range of pioneering initiatives over the next twelve months designed to take tennis to the people and identify new sporting talent.

As part of the development project, a successful Festival Tennis Day has already been staged at the club, aimed at families, lone parents, long term unemployed and people from ethnic minorities. More than 100 people of all ages attended and a further event is being planned for April 2005.

Many of the younger children who attend the events are being offered after-school Mini-tennis sessions over a twelve-month period. Older children have attended a Tennis Skills Camp to develop their talents.

Two adult volunteers from the project will be attending Lawn tennis Association coaching courses.

Waterloo Lawn Tennis Club is the eighth oldest club of its kind in the UK. According Club Captain Paul Johnson, the coaching has already made an impact on the young people who are taking part. 

"Many have never before even picked up a tennis racket, he said. It¹s great exercise; it teaches them discipline and gives them a purpose. You can already see the difference in them as people."


Community Foundation Grants Officer Val Bayliff added:- "This is the first opportunity of its kind in the area for people to get a taste of tennis and work with professional coaches to improve their skills. Who knows, the project might even discover a Wimbledon winner of the future!"

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