Cater's Choice

Nick Cater surveys this week's array of sector-related media offerings.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater

Television

Meet the Natives

Starting on 27 September on Channel 4, this is a great idea: let the usual subjects of anthropological scrutiny return the favour.

A group of guys from Vanuatu, recently judged the happiest place in the world by the New Economics Foundation and Friends of the Earth, pop over to check out the tribes, traditions and troubles of 108th-placed UK.

Event

National Yummy Mummy Week

Why was last week's fundraiser for child cancer charity Clic Sargent so un-yummy? The unattainable lifestyles of 'sexy and sassy' maternal role models Nigella Lawson and Myleene Klass? Thoughtless cruelty in the Slummy Mummy poll, won by troubled singer Britney Spears? Or sponsorship by bookmaker Ladbrokes to promote online bingo to women? All so tawdry and tabloid, and not in a good way.

Book

Britain's Everyday Heroes

After Bill Clinton's Giving, a book he might even have had some hand in writing, we should mention the latest from Prime Minister Gordon Brown, written with Community Links, the east London charity that gets the profits and presumably wrote the tome. But what could have been an inspiring read manages to make the story of the heroism of 33 campaigners, community volunteers and more just a bit dull. Published by Mainstream at £10.99.

Training

Improving Reach

Funded by Capacitybuilders' ChangeUp programme, this Media Trust project offers support for groups with turnovers of less than £2m working with minorities, migrants, refugees, faith groups and rural isolation. A dozen-plus communications seminars start soon across England. Details: www.mediatrust.org/improving-reach or improving reach@mediatrust.org.

Consultations

Office of the Third Sector

Views are needed by 30 September for consultations on how to raise the take-up of Gift Aid and on prioritising social needs in public contract procurement. Details: cabinetoffice.gov.uk/third_sector/consultations.

Radio

Safety Catch

Simon is a charity's dream - blood donor, recycler, animal adopter - and nightmare, as he is an arms dealer. Promising BBC Radio 4 sitcom starts today at 11.30am.

- Contact Nick Cater at catercharity@yahoo.co.uk.

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