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Issue Date:- 7 April 2008


NORTHWEST Vision and Media have won the tender to become the Regional partner for Mediabox in 2008 / 09, and are calling for Northwest youth groups who have great ideas for media projects, to apply to take advantage of the thousands of pounds worth of funding that is on offer.  Groups will need to act quickly though. Northwest Vision and Media are holding open events next week to explain the fund and the applications process. The 1st event is being held on Tuesday 8 April at Warrington International Business Centre, and another is being held the day after, on Wednesday 9th April at Blackpool City Learning Centre, with the deadline for applications being Tuesday 29 April.

Project Manager for Northwest Vision and Media, Deborah Parker, is delighted to be able to offer support to local projects again this year, “Last year, Mediabox gave out over £600,000 and supported over 600 young people across the Northwest from a variety of different backgrounds.  Mediabox funding gives young people the opportunity to express their ideas and views in a creative way using a variety of media platforms. Last year’s applications were of a really high standard so the competition will be tough. We will be holding the open days to get out and talk to those with ideas and give guidance on how to apply. We’re hoping to get some really innovative applications, particularly using alternative media rather than just film and television.”

One project that previously benefited from Mediabox funding is youth show, G TV, created and presented by teenagers from the Old Trafford area which was broadcast online by Manchester based internet TV channel, Let’s Go Global. G TV offered young people the chance to showcase things they were interested in and develop their television production skills in all areas from animation to camera operation.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has invested £2 million in Mediabox for 2008. Mediabox is run by First Light Movies, Media Trust, Skillset and the UK Film Council. This year, Mediabox will also offer time with specialist media mentors for groups that get through to the second round of the applications process. Northwest Vision and Media will be co-ordinating Northwest based applications with a view to attracting as much of the available money as possible to the region.

· The 1st round of Mediabox funding is open for applications from 1 – 29 April. There will also be an additional round of applications later in the year.

· For more information on the fund and how to apply, visit


UK women are optimistic their marriages will last forever despite an increase in divorce rates and a lack of sex in the bedroom, according to a recent survey by SHE Magazine.

The magazine, which has launched a Campaign for Happier Marriages, surveyed more than 1000 women throughout the country about their relationships and sex life, and discovered some surprising results.

Although a recent study by the Office for National Statistics says that half of all marriages will end in divorce, SHE magazine’s survey revealed that 67% of married UK women actually believe they will stay with their partners forever. Only 3% said they were deeply unhappy and 7% were planning to end the relationship.

This high optimism, however, did not extend to the bedroom. Despite a happy marriage, only 35% surveyed said they were happy with their sex life. Another 43% admitted to only having sex once or twice a month or less, while 6% said they’d never had sex at all.

So disillusioned were some with the lack of sex in their marriage, that 33% had either had an affair or were considering one. Surprisingly, 54% said they would forgive their partner for cheating and 48% estimated their partner would take them back if they had an affair.

The survey also showed that 84% argued in relationships, with domestic issues and money being the main cause of 67% of the rows.

SHE Magazine editor Sian Rees says:- “With divorce rates creeping up and the number of couples getting married going down, it’s refreshing to see that UK women still believe in marriage for life.

But many have to work hard to keep their marriage alive, and we’re aware that all too often, there is not enough support or advice for couples so the easiest option seems to be divorce.

We’ve launched this campaign in the hope readers will be inspired by the optimism of those women who answered the survey, and seek expert advice when facing marital problems rather than simply walk out of the marriage.”

Full results of the survey and details of the campaign can be found in the May issue of SHE magazine, on sale Thursday 3 April 2008.

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