Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Charity donation voting

2009 Annual Charity Donation

Please send your vote (ALLICE members only) to Phil Uttley

RNIB Talking Book Service

The Talking Book Service provides an extensive range of over 15,500 audio books, paid for by annual subscription and delivered through the post. The full loan annual subscription, which includes the loan of a player, costs £76. Talking Books are recorded in the RNIB’s modern studios, which are designed to be accessible to people with sight problems. They work with professional actors, narrators and authors to bring audio books to life. Last year they sent out two million books to 41,000 people and added 450 books to their stock.Even though they ask for a small annual subscription to join the Talking Book Service, RNIB has to subsidise this lifeline service by some two million pounds a year (about fifty pounds per person per year) to keep it running. This is found through fundraising and legacy income; they receive no Government help.

Birmingham Settlement

Birmingham Settlement provide care services for children and older people, training and employment opportunities for individuals, development support for voluntary and community organisations and money advice and debt counselling services for individuals They run six charity shops which raise money across the city to support their programmes, particularly their work with children and older people.They work in partnership to support the development of local voluntary and community sector organisations, to deliver services that meet the needs of their users in a flexible and far-reaching way, to ensure that their services are linked, with appropriate referrals made to provide maximum benefit, to provide services for all sections of the community, from young to old, irrespective of ethnic origin or background, to lobby and influence local, regional and national policy makers and to balance public sector funding, earned and other income while enhancing their financial standing and securing long-term viability

Linda Kalinda's Zambian Legal Resource Centre

The Centre’s aim is to offer legal resources and facilities to its members. Subscriptions will go towards the maintenance costs of the centre and salaries.The centre building is currently being set up and they hope to be able to open in late 2008. They have collected more than 250 books and are now starting to look at putting power and sanitation in the building. (report from Jan ’08)

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