Community Voices is an England-wide programme funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (formerly DIUS) and delivered by Media Trust.
It aims to engage, inspire and empower communities who feel disadvantaged or isolated with the confidence, skills, and access to resources and funding that will enable them to find their voice and make it heard, using digital media. The primary objective of Community Voices will be to engage and equip those citizens who feel unheard or voiceless with the tools to express and exchange views on issues of relevance to them and so increase individual and community empowerment in line with the aims of the Communities in Control whitepaper. Community Voices is as much, if not more, about community engagement as it is about the technology.
Community Voices will also enhance opportunities to make better use of existing public services, for informal and formal learning and assist people into employment, particularly in the creative industries. This initiative will also contribute to the Government's cross-departmental goal of ensuring the benefits of technology reach all members of society.
Our vision for the Community Voices online platform is to act as a gateway into a wealth of resources; bringing together media projects, opinions, news, guidance and exciting opportunities for collaboration between our partners.
Through Community Voices, Media Trust, the Government and our partners will be able to gain and share a better understanding of whether it's feasible and appropriate to develop a national network of digital mentors. Find out more about Media Trust.