Want to progress your ed­u­ca­tion? Ap­ply here Fur­ther help for vi­tal work of char­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

AP­PLI­CA­TIONS for grant fund­ing from the char­i­ta­ble trust op­er­ated by Ash­ford branch of Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional, are be­ing ac­cepted from women wish­ing to progress their ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing. Op­er­at­ing since 1970, the char­ity has helped many to achieve their aims, in­clud­ing women who have be­come bal­let dancers, teach­ers and set up their own busi­ness. Forms are avail­able from 01233 629255. THE vi­tal work car­ried out by an Ash­ford based char­ity in aid­ing peo­ple with speech and com­mu­ni­ca­tion prob­lems has been recog­nised. Ash­ford-based Find a Voice has been named as a na­tional win­ner in the BT Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tions Award. Last week Find a Voice, whose head­quar­ters is in Beaver Lane, South Ash­ford, re­ceived £5,000 worth of train­ing and ad­vice from the phone com­pany to pro­vide tu­ition for its staff and vol­un­teers to boost their PR skills and ex­per­tise. The char­ity spe­cialises in teach­ing WIDGIT, writ­ing with sym­bols, to the dis­abled. Founder Joy Butcher, said: “They have given us sup­port in all as­pects of PR – ev­ery­thing from styling our press re­leases to how to is­sue in­for­ma­tion and how to find out who to send it to. “For me, it gave me the con­fi­dence to talk di­rectly to the lo­cal me­dia and rep­re­sent our or­gan­i­sa­tion in a way I hadn’t been able to do be­fore. “The ra­dio and TV in­ter­view ses­sions were ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing – spe­cial­ist knowl­edge that you wouldn’t oth­er­wise get the op­por­tu­nity to learn about. “The me­dia train­ing has helped me keep in­ter­view­ers fo­cused on the ar­eas that we want to talk about and not to lead us off in other di­rec­tions.”

From left, Dun­can Rogers, Find a Voice chair­man Eryll Wool­lett and founder Joy Butcher around their first BTCC PC

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