The Community Outreach Switchover Programme is being run in every county and is a partnership between The Wheel, an umbrella body for the community and voluntary sector, and the leading voice for rural Ireland, Irish Rural Link, with funding from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
Lorraine Mulvey is the Digital Outreach Champion for the counties Leitrim and Roscommon, and is working with the Leitrim Development Company. The Leitrim Development Company is responsible for the delivery of the Local and Community Development Programme and the Rural Development Programme in Leitrim.
Speaking to the Leitrim Observer Lorraine said: “Leitrim Development Company is delighted to be involved in the programme. Television is an important part of people’s lives, particularly those who are living alone or more isolated. I’d love to hear from people and organisations who would like to get involved in this exciting effort. We know there are lots of people out there who care. This programme is based on providing simple and clear information to the target group, giving them practical help without having to get technical”.
While most people will make the switch with some prompting, the Community Outreach Digital Switchover Programme focuses on ensuring that those who are least likely to make the switchover to a digital television service will be enabled to do so before the switching off of the analogue signal on the 24th October 2012. With the switchover date fast approaching, a national Switchover Week has been organinsed to encourage people to act now.
Lorraine has been working with community and voluntary groups over the past number of months to help create greater awareness and understanding of the Digital Switchover in local communities and she will continue to work with these groups right up to the 24th of October. Lorraine is urging voluntary and community orgainisations that are not yet involved to come aboard or to join in with groups who are hosting information events around the county.
You don’t need to have any technical knowledge of the area, the switchover is generally quite simple for most people. Your organisation could help, for instance, by organizing a something simple as a coffee morning to give out information and encourage people to make the switch now. Groups can avail of small grants to help assist with the events.
f you’re interested in getting involved Lorraine can provide leaflets and other information or if you would like further information on events. Contact Lorraine Mulvey at 071 96 31715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.