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Under the Community Voices project communities across the UK are making a positive difference to their lives using creative digital media. With start up funding, volunteer mentors, training, and outreach support, we are supporting communities to find their voice and make it heard. This year Community Voices is being funded by Nominet Trust and is supporting communities who feel voiceless due to disability, older age, or long term illness. We are intensively supporting 7 communities and you can read all about their digital media projects in Projects 2011.
As well as supporting those 7 beacon communities we also aim to match as many communities with professional media mentors as possible, so if you would like a media mentor to come and help your project please register with our Media Matching service.
In previous years the project has supported a variety of communities across the country all with different issues they wanted to address. The stories of how digital media has changed seven of these groups are told in a 50-minute documentary, Community Voices, which you can watch online on Community Channel
These seven communities include an internet radio station for the over 50s in Merseyside, a group of homeless people in Bradford, an Interfaith community in East London, people with learning disabilities in Croydon, carers in the New Forest, a self-help group of refugees in Oxford, and a group of teenagers trying to combat the stigma associated with their estate in Ipswich.
Browse our interactive map of the communities across England who have been supported by the Community Voices project and whose lives have been changed through the use of digital media.
Our Inspiring Voices awards scheme also aims to celebrate and encourage the varied and inspiring ways in which communities are already empowering themselves through the use of digital media. Have a look at the recent winners and be inspired!