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Read all about it – new co-operative newspaper hits the streets!

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A new newspaper for Port Talbot, The Magnet, has hit the streets being distributed free to 20,000 households in Port Talbot over the coming days.

Packed with news, sport and even a crossword, the newspaper, produced by a journalists’ cooperative (Local News South Wales Ltd), is the fulfilment of years of hard work and planning by the dedicated social enterprise team.

Their aim has to be to ensure that a news vacuum, left in Port Talbot when its former weekly newspaper closed down in 2009, can be filled, and that local people can have a news service they can engage with, contribute to and be proud of.

Port Talbot Magnet director Ken Smith said: “This is a great achievement from a small group of people, and one which we aim to build on. We have had a website for a three years, but getting the newspaper out was really important to ensure more people in Port Talbot got the news they were otherwise missing, and to begin the process of building a sustainable business.

“One of our directors Rachel Howells has written a guide to who we are, what we’ve done and where hope to be going. You can read it at http://www.lnpt.org/2013/09/03/magnets-in-print-but-what-now/ . For us to build on this success we now hope to take it to the next stage, and for that we are really needing the help of people who understand social enterprises and can help us realise the advertising potential for the newspaper.

“We set up our business and got our first issue out with excellent support from the Wales Co-operative Centre and the Carnegie Trust and others, but for us to progress now with our vision of maintaining a regular, mass circulation newspaper for Port Talbot and surrounding areas, then we’re looking for of experienced advertising sales reps or agencies that work with and understand social enterprises.”

Port Talbot Magnet can be contacted at porttalbotmagnet@gmail.com or at http://www.lnpt.org/contact-us/  or by phoning 07840 168071.

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Written by David Madge

September 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

New Minister marks launch of Get Neath Port Talbot Online

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Congratulations to Get Neath Port Talbot Online, the latest strategic initiative from the Welsh Government’s Communities 2.0 programme, which is led by the Wales Co-operative Centre.  Get NPT Online was launched by Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Jeff Cuthbert at Briton Ferry library this week.

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Jeff Cuthbert, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, at the launch with members of the Briton Ferry Photographic Club.

Designed to tackle poverty by overcoming barriers to work, the initiative has challenging targets for helping people become confident in using computers, and in finding work online.

Through the Communities 2.0 programme, Wales Co-operative Centre staff have brokered a partnership between NPT Homes, Coastal Housing and the local Communities First organisation, to target support at those in greatest need.  Front line staff of all the partner organisations will be trained to help their clients take the first steps towards getting online.  This will be backed up by focussed training and support from a team of volunteers.  People who were previously excluded from job opportunities through lack of skills will set up their own e-mail addresses, develop online CVs and learn how to search job sites.  As a result, they will become included as part of the modern world.

Katy, Rachel and Kevin - the Get NPT Online Outreach Team.

Katy, Rachel and Kevin – the Get NPT Online Outreach Team.

The beauty of Get NPT Online is that it is a genuinely local response to the problems of poverty, worklessness and social exclusion.  It works with the community, not on it.  Get NPT Online is sustainable, because digital inclusion will be embedded in the working practices of the partner organisations.

Across Wales, the Wales Co-operative Centre is delivering programmes in communities that have a tangible economic benefit.  Thanks to funding from the Welsh Government and European Regional Development Fund, people in Neath Port Talbot have a head start.

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