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Chamber Chief Hands Out Award September 16, 2008

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The Plaza Cinema in Crosby was today awarded with a cheque for £2,300 from the Merseyside High Sheriff and Chief Constable’s Charitable Trust.
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce chief executive, Jack Stopforth, who is a trustee for the organisation, presented the cheque to the community ran cinema.
Arts and education manager Christine Physick was on hand to receive the money, she said:
“We’re delighted to receive the money. The cinema is hugely important for the local community. We constantly need donations to help keep the project open and the cinema in good condition. Our team of volunteers has worked hard to keep this cinema in the community and it’s great to see that our work is being recognised.”
The cinema faced closure for redevelopment in 1997, though after a successful petition of 10,000 signatures to the council, and with publicity in the local press, was saved by locals.
The cinema is now run as a community centre and provides a wide range of programmes for young people and pensioners in Crosby. An outreach programme established to involve local kids in positive activities sees regular attendances, particularly to the Saturday morning club, where youngsters enjoy film showings and a disco. Thursday mornings are popular with pensioners, with two games of bingo and a film on show for just £2.50.
The Plaza Cinema was first opened in 1939 and has been at the heart of the community ever since. It originally had just one main screen with around 1,500 seats. Today it has three screens, with the original main screen having 500 seats in impressive surroundings.
The ageing building is maintained, supported and operated entirely by volunteers, donations and the funds from a charity shop. There are around 20 young people amongst the extensive group of volunteers.
The Merseyside High Sheriff and Chief Constable’s Charitable Trust is funded by official bodies, other trusts, private donors and the business sector. Local community groups who aid crime prevention through education or public safety measures may apply for funding.

Visit the Plaza Cinema’s website by clicking here…

Digital Inclusion Minister To Visit Leading Projects In North West June 18, 2008

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On Thursday 19 June, Digital Inclusion Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies MP will visit two leading digital inclusion projects in Liverpool and St Helens. The so-called “digital divide” is increasingly seen as a major barrier to personal, community and regional economic well-being in the UK, which is the least skilled workforce in the EU. Mr Irranca-Davies’ visit will include:

  • The AIMES Community Grid project. Acknowledged as a leader in its field, AIMES is leading the Digital Inclusion & Enterprise Programme (DIEP), established as a result of the Government’s 2007 “Digital Challenge”. Mr Irranca-Davies will visit St Cuthbert’s Catholic Community College for Business & Enterprise in St Helens where pupils and parents have been using the managed computing service provided by the Community Grid project since May 2007. As part of the wider DIEP, strategically supported by the GMDDA, AIMES will provide access for around 5,000 homes in the Greater Merseyside region via the Community Grid system over a 2 year period from May 2008.
  • The EverybodyOnline Liverpool 8 project is another highly successful digital inclusion initiative focusing on internet and digital technology support for parents. It includes use of the internet, and day-to-day skills such as shopping and banking online, and email. Mr Irranca-Davies will visit a PACT (Parents & Children Together) session at South Liverpool Personnel in Liverpool to speak to users direct.

Mr Irranca-Davies’ visit underlines the importance placed on the Digital Inclusion agenda at Parliamentary level, as Professor Dennis Kehoe, Director of AIMES, explains: “Digital inclusion is a crucial enabler of economic regeneration and growth. Internet access can transform cities and communities, providing improved access to employment, education and health information. The internet can also help to combat isolation and increase a sense of community. We’re delighted to be able to demonstrate our digital inclusion work to Mr Irranca-Davies in person.”

The AIMES digital inclusion project provides a fully managed internet access service to users, a key element in its success and sustainability. AIMES and its technology partner, e-communications specialist OciusB2, provide broadband internet access, a range of software packages, all equipment required, plus training and support to users of the Community Grid. The first 125 homes are now live and for the first 12 months, the service is provided free of charge.

More information here.

Wirral TV Launched April 21, 2008

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Wirral TV, the new online community-focused website is now up and running.

Launched from a unique partnership of Community Trusts the new social enterprise has big ambitions to serve the information needs in the form of short films of the entire population of the Wirral. The new website Wirraltv.net has a broad ‘church’ of content from social and community issues such as dog fouling to ASBO’s to lighter content such as film festivals, music festivals, sport and horoscopes. There will be a short film for everyone no matter what age you are, gender or ethnicity.

Check out Wirral TV here.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for local companies.