Cater's Choice

Nick display his knack for picking out the best of this week's charity-related offerings.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater

<h2>TV</h2>

On World Aids Day on 1 December, A Closer Walk on the Community Channel depicts the realities of the global epidemic in the personal stories of men, women and children living with HIV. 

On 2 December, Ewan McGregor stars in The Missing Face, which explores the impact of Aids on children in Africa.

A UN day honouring volunteering, to be held this week, has also prompted the Community Channel to show a selection of pro-bono produced shorts as part of its volunteering celebration between 3 and 9 December.

<h2>Internet</h2>

Volunteergenie is a new website designed to help charities promote volunteering and assist them, it says, in using "the power of the media". It also gives tips on what motivates individuals to donate time, devising a media strategy, which media campaigns catch people's attention and how to work with journalists. For details, go to www.volunteergenie.org.uk.

<h2>Festival</h2>

More subversive and provocative than most broadcasters are the veteran video makers of Undercurrents, who make and release videos about activism in the UK. Their annual Beyond TV festival in Swansea starts today and goes on until Sunday. It promises "short movies, documentaries, music videos and animations from inspiring media producers" on a theme of social or environmental activism. For details, go to www.undercurrents.org/beyondtv.

<h2>Training</h2>

Continuing its series of workshops and seminars, CharityComms is offering a one-day course in Online PR in London on 29 November. For details, go to www.charitycomms.org.uk.

<h2>Campaign</h2>

Recent figures reveal that 680,000 homes in the UK are lying empty despite the fact that more than 100,000 families are registered as living in temporary accommodation and many more single people, refugees and the poorly paid are homeless or living in bad housing. The Empty Homes Agency's National Week of Action starts on 3 December. The agency is a charity that urges councils to make greater use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders to take over empty properties for up to seven years. Go to www.emptyhomes.com for details.

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

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