CAREERS: Worth a or Sky digital 684 - Funded by: the Home Office's Active Community Unit and the Community Fund


Turning viewing into doing is the aim of the Community Channel, which now airs for 12 hours a day on the internet as well as digital TV.

It's a free channel that engages viewers and surfers on voluntary-sector issues before guiding them towards the relevant not-for-profit organisations that can nurture their interest.

The web site has been relaunched to include real-time streaming, which means the live programmes shown on Sky are broadcast simultaneously online - providing you are able to download Real Player or Media Player.

In a demonstration of the UK broadcasting industry working together to support the voluntary sector, Channel 4, Carlton, GMTV and Granada each supply content. While charities provide videos and documentaries about their work.

Programmes are linked to a weekly theme, which when Third Sector logged on was refugees. A concise, statistical 150-word synopsis of the refugee situation in the UK stimulates interest and a link directs you to contact details of a dozen refugee organisations.

A section headed "Be Inspired

details work carried out by community groups and there is also a daily poll inviting visitors to vote on topical issues.

The channel receives free broadcast time from 8am to 8pm from BSkyB.

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