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UK360 Terry Wogan 21/02/12

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Published on Feb 22, 2012

Presented by Terry Wogan

UK360 brings you the best and most inspirational community stories about initiatives and projects that are making a difference at a local level in communities across the country. Catch episode seven for more people powered change.

In North Yorkshire, a group of eighty villagers and ninety of their friends have set up the Hudswell Community Pub co-operative. The George and Dragon, which stood empty for almost two years, is back as a centre of social life for the village. Not only this but the land at the rear of the pub has been developed into community allotments and there is a village library in the pub too!

In Merseyside, a group of secondary school pupils and their inventive teacher have designed a habitat box that accommodates both bats and birds, now successfully selling over 1000 boxes to organisations up and down the country. UK360 found out why the Savy Bat or bird box project has proven so successful and why many people, including members of the royal family, are fans of this intriguing social enterprise.

Two people affected by pancreatic cancer set themselves the extraordinary challenge to swim the Southampton Solent, run around the Isle of Wight and swim back again in just three days. Their aim is to raise over £25,000 for an Early Cancer Detection Scanner for Southampton General Hospital. UK360 joined the Great Wight Attack team in the lead up to the big day.

When the old Darnall post office in Sheffield closed unexpectedly, residents of Darnall were left with over a miles walk to other post offices. A community group started a campaign to reopen the post office and began searching for new premises. UK360 found out more about this inspirational community initiative.

Local parents and youth workers in Derry, Northern Ireland responded to a growing number of young people engaging in 'anti-social' behaviour by setting up the Off the Streets Community Youth Initiative. The project helps combat the mis-use of alcohol and drugs as well as preventing behaviour that creates aclimate of fear within the community. They told UK360 more about what they've achieved.

Do you fancy transforming your local area by volunteering your time to make a positive impact in your community? Visit the Community Channel's website and enter your postcode to get involved!

We're always interested in receiving inspirational community films and talking to motivated volunteers, so drop us a message at infoUK360@communitychannel.org, we'd love to hear from you.

Useful Links:

http://www.richmond.org/community/hud...
http://www.the-splash.co.uk/articles/...
http://www.greatwightattack.co.uk/
http://www.darnall.org.uk/
http://www.participationnetwork.org/d... Community Channel the world's first supporter-owned national TV channel and and Community Benefit Society. Find out more here - www.communitychannel.org

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