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LHT tenants focus in on welfare reform

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Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT) tenants hit the ground running when they started an LHT funded community reporter course. The reporters interviewed and filmed fellow tenants on the subject of welfare reform.

The twelve week training course, in partnership with Toxteth TV and based on a national programme developed by People’s Voice Media, will see six tenants both making and breaking the news as they gain a range of skills and experience including identifying stories and audiences, using video equipment, filming and editing and promoting work through social networks.

LHT tenants were consulted on welfare reform when they joined a focus group to discuss issues including how they would be affected by Government welfare reform, whether they had enough information about benefit changes and what else LHT (part of Symphony Housing Group) might do to support tenants through this process. The reporters facilitated and filmed the group and individual members, as well as interviewing LHT’s Welfare Reform Officers about LHT’s strategy to raise awareness of the issues surrounding welfare reform.

The community reporter programme was developed as part of LHT’s ‘Your Neighbourhood Matters’ initiative which aims to introduce a range of positive activities to unite residents and improve the quality of life for residents in LHT neighbourhoods. The community reporters will introduce news from their communities and report on issues which are of interest to their community members.

Trainee tenant reporter Estellar Mudasiry from Princes Park, Liverpool said: “Getting involved in this project has been a great opportunity. Everybody made a good contribution to the discussion. I enjoyed it and found it very informative.”

LHT regeneration officer, Maria Ratcliffe commented: “LHT is keen to work with Toxteth TV in developing this project as it is mutually beneficial, offering new skills training to our tenants and providing us with a tenant perspective on their local news. Community reporter projects have also been highly successful in developing community cohesion. We look forward to sharing the results of their film projects.”

Trainer, Hayley Trowbridge of Toxteth TV said: “We are really pleased to have the opportunity to work with LHT tenants to develop their team of community reporters. Community reporting provides communities with the means to represent what is happening in their areas, using digital technologies and creative media for social purposes.”

The community reporters will be involved in a number of tenant consultation projects for LHT over the coming months and will also film LHT events following their training.

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