Changing More Than LIghtbulbs is dead! Long live Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker!

As a start to the process of upgrading and developing this website, with support from  Coops UK and the Carnegie Trust UK via their Make Your Local News Work initiative, we’ve changed the name from Changing More Than Lightbulbs to Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker.

We hope you like it. It says what we do, and where we do it.
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Make Your Local News Work support UCV Plain Speaker!

Make Your Local News Work, a project run by Coops UK and Carnegie UK Trust, have just emailed to say that Changing More Than Lightbulbs’ (the former name for UCV Plain Speaker) application for support has been successful, and that this is a “tremendous achievement”!

Very happy about this 🙂 🙂 🙂

This is some of what the letter said,

” Thank you for applying to the Make Your Local News Work project which aims to support communities to take control of their local media and news and create more sustainable and accountable business models that draw on co-operative values and principles.


I am delighted to advise that you have been successful in your application to receive free specialist follow-up support. We had an outstanding range of quality applications so this is a tremendous achievement.”
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Make Your Local News Work

Changing More Than Lightbulbs’ main writer & editor is attending the UK Coops/Carnegie Trust workshop in Manchester, to find out about their Make Local News Work scheme. Hoping to learn more about how CMTL can develop into a hyperlocal news coop – along the lines of the pretty great Brixton Blog.

A CMTL steering group is forming, to work out how this can happen.
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