Newport based volunteer group wins £500 award from Media Trust
A Newport-based group who volunteer their time to address accessibility issues for those with disabilities in the local community have been awarded £500 as part of Community Voices, a one-year UK-wide project delivered by Media Trust and funded by Nominet Trust.
Newport Access Group (NAG) is made up of a group of people with disabilities, who meet regularly to report, discuss and campaign about local accessibility issues. The group intend to use its award to access support and training to create a website that conforms to current disability legislation standards, to increase local awareness and encourage new members to join.
Chris Kemp-Philp, Secretary Newport Access Group said: “This award will make a huge difference to our group, by attracting new members with different skills, we will be better placed to help those in need. We have experience in a range of disabilities and we know how our disabilities have an impact on our ability to access services and we want to try to use that knowledge to make the wider community aware of things which affect us, that they take for granted. We are all happy to share our time and experience as volunteers, but what we do need, in this digital age, is a presence on the world wide web.”
The Community Voices scheme focuses on communities who feel voiceless due to long-term illness, older age, or disability. It will support communities from the grass roots upwards, to run media projects addressing their own specific circumstances, enabling them to better access public and peer support services, and empowering them to have a voice and get it heard using digital media.