I’m delighted that Mike Rawlins of PitsnPots and Nicky Getgood of Digbeth is Good have agreed to join the TAL team full time joining me and Clare White who has been working on the project part time. Mike, Nicky and Clare are some of the best hyperlocal talent around and TAL gives them the opportunity to transfer their skills to communities across the country. I shall ensure they have time to continue with their existing sites.
Some wonderful people applied to work with the project and I am sorry we couldn’t take on more. I am also touched that people are volunteering to help left right and centre – maybe we should create some sort of hyperlocal corps to match offers with need. We shall also be funding further freelance work like Jon Bounds’ marvellous Brum and Stoke-On-Trent aggregators.
We start work as a core team in early August, which allows us to get the show on the road with pilot TAL sessions in the West Midlands, before delivering a robust national product later this year with our partner UK online centres. We now we have capacity to get the hyperlocal alliance project underway. And as ever we continue to develop partnerships with all sorts of organisations, more on that soon. As ever, thanks to our sponsors 4IP, Screen West Midlands and Advantage West Midlands – their funding has created two new social media jobs in the West Midlands.