Cater's Choice

Nick Cater casts his eye over this week's charity-related gems from the media and beyond.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater

Television

Location, Location, Location Normally, this show provides only eye candy for both sexes, in the shape of Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer, and yet more property porn. 

But tonight's Best & Worst Live special offers a portrait of a Britain left divided by crime, environment, lifestyle, health, education and employment. The preview details suggest there will be feedback opportunities - perhaps charity callers should offer perspectives on wealth and poverty, privilege and deprivation. The programme could also be a great peg for cause-related news releases.

Awards

With payroll giving showing little if any growth and the Institute of Fundraising returning millions of pounds' worth of grants that were meant to promote the scheme, it's interesting to see the institute taking government cash to organise tonight's first National Payroll Giving Awards evening at the Treasury. See www.payrollgivingcentre.org.uk for further information.

Radio

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom is in the process of granting community licences for small-scale radio stations. The local consortia involved often have a charitable dimension. For much of the country - north Wales and north-west England, the midlands and Lincolnshire, east and south-east England - licences are still up for grabs. For details and impending deadlines, search for "community radio" at www.ofcom.org.uk.

Events

Given the never-ending search for a term that fully encompasses the third, voluntary, community, not- for-profit, Uncle Tom Cobley and all sector, it's good to see that the More than Profit Conference and Trade Fair takes place in Aberdeen on Friday. See www.aberdeenccn.info/web/site/home/MTP.asp.

Early Welsh warning: the Wales Trustee and Governance Conference takes place in Cardiff on 1 November. See www.wcva.org.uk.

The NCVO has two London events coming up. On Friday it ponders Natural Allies - Can the VCS and Local Government Work Together?, and on 13 November it hosts The Public Service Delivery Network Annual Conference.

- Nick Cater's Choice ideas: caterschoice@yahoo.co.uk.

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