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Edition No. 172

Date:- 23 October 2004

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Time Proves More Value

AN expected 100,000 people are to take part in the UK's biggest ever day of hands-on volunteering at the end of the month. The CSV Make a Difference Day is predicted to draw record crowds following mass events across the country.

Participants aged between 2 and 102 will spend the day giving time not money to meet new people, have fun and make a positive contribution to their local communities. Top names supporting the 2004 campaign include Davina McCall, Pete Waterman, Anthony Worrall-Thompson and the MPs Oliver Letwin, Lembit Opik and Alan Milburn. 

CSV Make a Difference Day is the UK's biggest volunteering charity. Now in its ninth year, CSV Make a Difference Day invites everyone to try volunteering and places a spotlight on the benefits of community care centres dedicated to benefit their surrounding areas through the efforts of volunteers. 

Volunteering has also been found to have a major impact on people's lifestyle choices. One in four people find volunteering helps them to lose weight, one in five say it makes them drink less and one in six 18-24 years olds say it actually improves their sex life! 

You can register your own activity or find an activity in your local area to go along to.

Visit  or call FREEPHONE 0800 284 533 to find out more. 

Bringing Ballet To You.
National Tour Sponsor Sky & Artsworld

THE English National Ballet, the UK's only classical ballet company solely dedicated to touring, returns to the Liverpool Empire Theatre on 16 November with Rudolf Nureyev's production of Romeo & Juliet.

Liverpool Empire to host performances by 2 new ENB dancers:- Cuban Principal Dancer Arionel Vargas performs the title role of Romeo at first performance on 16 November. Chilean First Artist Cesar Morales performs role of Tybalt on 17 November.


STUCK on what to get grandma for Christmas? Well forget about a pair of slippers, Southport's generation of grandparents are more likely to want the latest iPod or a digital TV service as a present from their loved ones.

According to a survey of the over 65s by cable company Telewest Broadband, older folk in Southport are proving to be just as savvy as the younger generation, spending more time with the latest technology than they do looking after their own grandkids.

An astounding 71 per cent of respondents said they spend around 25 hours a week either surfing the internet and chatting with friends on the phone or watching digital TV. But when it comes to spending quality time with their grandchildren 65 per cent only manage to spare up to an hour a week.

Watching television is still the most popular pastime, with nearly half spending up to 20 hours a week in front of the box. Southport's old folk are certainly up-to-date with the current TV trends, with nearly a quarter stating they couldn't live without their latest, digital TV which allows them to access services like interactive voting, email and games.

When not catching up with the national obsession with soap operas, 90 per cent of grandparents in Southport also spend up to two hours a week on the internet. Indeed, nearly three quarters of Southport people questioned feel that the internet has really enhanced their lifestyle.

Eric Tveter, president and chief operating officer at Telewest Broadband, said:- "The over 65s are undoubtedly turning into a generation of silver surfers and it is fantastic to see that they are just as techno savvy as their grandchildren.

Technology no longer exclusively appeals to young people with disposable incomes. Now that services such as digital TV and broadband internet are becoming more affordable and easy to use, the older generation is using it to keep in touch with family and friends. 

These new services can enhance people's lifestyles and our aim at Telewest Broadband is to provide a quality and value for money service that will hopefully encourage even more elderly people to join the connected world."

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