Internet-ready PC in Southport
THE Hear Here Nugent Care
Society of Southport and surrounding area has, this week, been
awarded an NEC internet-ready PC and an anytime 12 month connection
to BT Yahoo! as part of the BT Community Connection award Scheme. In
addition Microsoft office software is included as part of the
enhanced winning package.
The BT scheme, now in its third year, has awarded more than 3,400
awards to a diverse range of groups throughout the country opening
the massive wealth of information on the internet to local groups
like this. It helps them communicate, opening fundraising,
promotional, recruitment and training opportunities.
The group was among hundreds that entered in the North West region
and impressed judges with ideas on how an Internet ready PC would
benefit their local community.
The group plans to use the Internet to widen the services already
provided. The Hear Here project has been running in Southport for
over 3 years, it helps raise awareness for the needs of hard of
hearing people in the Southport area. Giving advice and information
on hard of hearing issues, as well as information on lip speakers,
and support groups.
It has two lip reading classes; the classes are on Tuesday morning
and afternoon. The classes last 2 hours and cover issues such as
communication, environmental aids, finger spelling, hearing aids and
The project has a support scheme where our trained volunteers visit
isolated hard of hearing people in the community. Giving them a
friendly face to talk to every week/ fortnight. Also helping them
with hearing aids and offering support when required.
We also provide/ distribute a guide booklet to support services for
hard of hearing people in the Southport area.
We are now offering this Internet access for hard of hearing people
within the Southport area, which we hope will improve information
services and communication with family and friends.
Alison Wareing of the Hear Here group said:- "The
Internet will benefit the local groups by introducing them to the
Internet and removing the fear of new technology thereby offering
equal access. We are hoping the hard of hearing/deaf community will
take up the opportunity of an added communication skill.
The groups will be able to access information on services, benefits
and support groups. Learn how to set up email addresses, look up
websites, as well as find their way around the web pages.
Guidance will be offered by myself and Jacqueline Aughton who will
continue to assist when needed. Using staff trained in good
communication, people need not be afraid to ask questions.
Volunteers will be able help the people they visit by setting up e
mail address for them to contact family members. The volunteers will
also benefit by increasing their knowledge, skills and
Catrin Hughes, regional communications & PR campaigns manager
for BT added:- "This award scheme aims to give as many
people as possible access to the internet and allows groups to
develop their projects using easier and more effective methods.
Following the overwhelming success of BT Community Connections in
Previous years, BT is delighted to continue making a difference to
the World Wide Web."
To apply for a BT Community Connection award, community groups need
to demonstrate how they would use the Internet in an innovative way
and how the wider community would benefit from the award. The
closing date for round two is December 2004.
record breaking weekend expected at Liverpool John Lennon Airport
THE August Bank Holiday
weekend is expected to be Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s busiest
ever as record numbers of passengers continue to use the Airport.
Up to 50,000 passengers are forecast to be moving through the
airport over the Bank Holiday period, smashing all previous records.
July was already the busiest month ever recorded with over 328,000
passengers travelling through the Airport, beating the previous
busiest month of August last year by almost a thousand passengers.
The wettest August since records began, combined with additional
easyJet routes and new services with scheduled airlines VLM, Emerald
Airways and Aer Arann is believed to have contributed to this
expected record throughput. The popular program of summer
Mediterranean holiday flights with tour operators such as Thomson,
MyTravel, First Choice and Thomas Cook will also add to the busy
Robin Tudor, Corporate Affairs Manager for Liverpool John Lennon
Airport commented:- “The Bank Holiday period is always the
Airport’s busiest time and this year, one of the worst UK
summer’s on record, has undoubtedly contributed to the overseas
getaway. The Mediterranean continues to be a favourite, however
breaks to London and Ireland are becoming increasingly popular due
to the new services on offer. As well as new airline services,
passengers travelling from Liverpool can now benefit from a variety
of new retail, catering and lounge facilities available in the
terminal, following the completion of the £21.5m expansion work.”
YOUR LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUP FOR A
you know a group of volunteers who work tirelessly to support
their local community?
Do you think they should be recognised and rewarded for
Do not miss out on nominating them for the Queen’s
Award for Voluntary Service, as the 30 September deadline is
The time is almost up for members of the public to nominate
their local voluntary group or community organisation to
receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The search for the unsung heroes of the community was launched
on 8th July and you have until 30th September to nominate your
local voluntary group or organisation.
There are thousands of voluntary groups across the UK who help
transform their neighbourhoods through their own creativity
and hard work. These organisations work tirelessly to provide
support and important services to the local community without
receiving any form of recognition. The Queen’s Award for
Voluntary Service offers the perfect opportunity to honour
their dedication and commitment.
This highly prestigious, annual Award is designed to give
well-deserved recognition to those who volunteer their time
and energy to help others. The Award is special because it is
for the group as a whole rather than individuals.
Now in its third year, the Award was created to mark the
occasion of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Over 300 groups have
received the Award, including many ethnic minority
organisations such as, The Greenwich Chinese Community School,
The Centre for Filipinos in London, the Central Gurudwara
Singh Sabha in Glasgow, the Salford Link Project in Manchester
and the Arab Group in Hounslow.
Community and voluntary groups can be nominated for an Award
by members of the public, who have either benefited from their
work, or have seen the positive effects on the community.
Judy Griffiths, centre manager for Nubian Life, which delivers
culturally sensitive services, primarily to the over 50’s
African and Caribbean community, says of winning the Award in
2003:- "The Queen’s Award has made a really
positive impact on our work. It has helped us secure funding
and also the added publicity has lead to offers of free help
from professionals who want to support the community too. It
was very nice to be nominated and of course to win – the
volunteers work very hard and it was a great ‘thank you’
from the community and the establishment."
The launch of the 2005 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
also sees unprecedented support from a host of major BME media
champions, who are actively encouraging their viewers, readers
and listeners to nominate organisations that they believe are
worthy of this prestigious Award.
This year’s media champions include:-
• Sunrise Radio
• Ethnic Media Group
• Zee TV
• London Greek Radio
• Spectrum Radio
• London Turkish Radio
Sunrise Radio Managing Director, Tony Lit, believes the Award
is an important recognition of the hard work and dedication of
these community and voluntary groups. He said:
"Sunrise Radio are proud to support the Queen’s Award
for Voluntary Service. There are so many organisations within
ethnic communities in general and the Asian community in
particular which go unrecognised and don't receive the
well-deserved commendation for their efforts. It’s so
important to appreciate the work of these community groups as
it’s their tireless effort and dedication to improving
services which benefits the local community in the long term.
Groups such as these form the backbone of the community and
provide a place where people from all walks of life can
integrate with members of their own and other communities.
Sunrise Radio aims to encourage the Asian community to support
their local voluntary and community groups by nominating them
for the Queens Award."
Home Office Minister, Fiona Mactaggart, said:- "These
annual awards give well-deserved recognition to some of the
unsung heroes who work together as volunteers. The activity of
our citizens is a vital resource in the UK - it develops the
individual, boosts local communities and enriches the nation.
Volunteer groups, which do so much good, often don't receive
public ‘thank-you’-s. I am pleased that, through these
awards, there is a special opportunity to recognise and
celebrate their work.
Groups from ethnic minority communities have a proud history
of voluntary activity. They should use this opportunity to put
themselves forward. I hope that they will be encouraged by
this chance to promote their work and create a greater
understanding and appreciation of the contribution of
Britain's diverse communities to our society.
Community groups work hard to improve the quality of life for
people in all walks of life. These are people who take action
themselves, rather than leaving it to others, and I hope
everyone who has benefited from their work will come forward
to nominate them for a 2005 award."
If you know a volunteering group that is really making a real
difference to people’s lives, then nomination forms for the
2005 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service are available from www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk
or by calling 0845 000 2002. The nomination period runs until
30 September 2004.