February 24, 2010
I’m looking for advice to help solve a community information problem. It’s difficult to get hold of short instrumental music clips we need to link useful audio information for an audience of special UK teenagers. The teens live in homes for disabled and looked after children and young people.
Many of the young people have difficulties with reading for one reason or another. So attractive audio information is crucial to help keep them safe, healthy and happy.
We provide them with the audio information on CD and sometimes online. I edit the music clips in Adobe Audition or Audacity.
We need to find clips that are both free/cheap and legal in copyright terms. Such sites as istockphoto have inexpensive instrumental audio clips for sale but few of the clips are teen-attractive. Teens are a real niche market. Some local bands have kindly offered us free clips but they aren’t really the type of music that the UK teenager community listens to.
What can you suggest? We’ll be very grateful for any usable advice.
February 24, 2010
New publication for madressahs and supplementary schools in the UK
The full-colour guide Safeguarding Children – Guidance for madressahs and supplementary schools is unique in covering the requirements of the many supplementary schools in the UK, as well as the needs of madressahs. It is based on the latest legislation to safeguard children and young people. The editor is Shakeel Hafez, Supplementary Schools Co-ordinator with Kirklees Council’s Children and Young People Service. I recently attended the launch of the 2010 edition at the Al-Hikmah Centre in Batley, West Yorkshire. Shakeel is a colleague of mine who I have known since 2003 when I collected the Community Care magazine’s annual award for the predecessor of the Safeguarding Children guide.
Buy it on-line from:
Safeguarding Children – Guidance for madressahs and supplementary schools
Shakeel also has a new blog of great interest to the Muslim community in Batley, West Yorkshire.
February 6, 2010
Signs of Communities is a web log of the work of the author and other people who work on behalf of the communities in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. Work to celebrate and increase the cohesion of our rich variety of communities.
This blog also makes occasional virtual trips to South-east Asia – for reasons of personal community heritage which are outlined in About Me.