Private Limited Company

CSV was founded in 1962 by Mora and Alec Dickson, who also founded the Voluntary Service Overseas and seeks to reconnect people to their community through volunteering and training, "We believe that as a result of this we can enrich people's lives and make a difference to communities and groups across the UK". CSV does work all over the UK and even operates some branches in Ireland. CSV Media is the main branch of CSV which seeks to use radio, TV, video, web and print to inform, empower and inspire people and to give different communities a voice.

It was established over twenty five years ago and is a broadcaster, trainer and advisor across the media and voluntary sectors. CSV Media is a member of the Public Voice coalition, as well as the Community Media Association (CMA). CSV provides social action broadcasting and media training. They offer volunteering and training opportunities on media projects across the UK. They work with the media to help charities and community groups recruit volunteers, new learners or raise awareness of health and social issues.

CSV Media, Ipswich, offer young people the chance to work with media including facilities such as a 24 Track Recording Studio, Video Editing suite and an internet cafi??. Although CSV Media is registered as a company, it is also a charity and is funded by grants from the relevant councils to keep the centre open and the equipment updated and working efficiently. I chose CSV Media as I have done project management with the company in order to work with other young people so have a lot of links inside the company with the senior management. CSV Media Clubhouse is a digital multimedia centre combined with music and community art facilities.

It is situated close to the town centre next to Ipswich Town football stadium. CSV Media is part of the national charity "Community Service Volunteers" and provides training in different areas of media to improve employability and increase diversity in media. CSV Media operates social action helpdesks with over 80 broadcast partners throughout the country. The following facilities, projects and training opportunities are just a few of the services that the Clubhouse has to offer: Ipswich Community Radio is the UK's oldest non-profit community radio group. UK Online is a free Internet cafi??

, which includes first time online training and CV writing classes. Volunteering Opportunities include a range of areas in the building, including administration, music, media, ICT. Training Opportunities include a range of courses in areas such as music, media, ICT with OCN (Open College Network), Skills for Life courses with OCR and City and Guilds qualifications. Cultural Involvement throughout the community provides engaging projects, and activities such as Refugee week and IP-Art, which included a Pan African Evening, and the vibrant Good Evening Kurdistan!

Next Step is a service, which provides information, advice and guidance about issues such as education, training, employment and work experience placements. We offer many other facilities at CSV Media Clubhouse including a 24 track-recording studio, Band Rehearsal room, DJ room, Midi music room, Conference/meeting rooms and for the future plans to include a Resource/Library room, a Healthy eating and  che facilities.

Financial and Ownership. In the '04 – '05 financial years, CSV had six operating companies with a total spending figure of 43 Million; employing 944 full-time equivalent staff. They organize volunteering for different groups inside of their local community. CSV runs a "CSV Make a Difference Day" on the last Saturday of every October, every year to promote voluntary and community activity throughout the UK, and happens to be the biggest day of direct volunteering in the community anywhere in the United Kingdom! CSV Media is registered with Companies House as CSV (01435877), a Private Limited Company (LTD) which has no share capital; this means shares are not available to be brought on the stock market.

The nature of the business falls under 8532; this is Social work without accommodation. The company was previously named the Community Service Trust, the name was changed on the 22 of December 1995 CSV Directors The Lord Levy (President of CSV) Michael Abraham Levy was elevated to the Peerage in September 1997 – Baron Levy of Mill Hill – Lord Levy is involved in a wide variety of public and communal affairs, deeply rooted in charitable work with abiding interests in the voluntary sector, welfare and education. Bill Garland (Deputy Executive Director of CSV)

Bill joined CSV in 1977 as manager of Springboard Sunderland, and was Director of CSV's Training and Enterprise Division and Assistant Director of CSV prior to his current appointment. Elisabeth Hoodless (Executive Director of CSV) Elisabeth qualified as a medical social worker, she was appointed Assistant Director of CSV in 1963, Deputy Director in 1972 and Executive Director in 1975. John Pulford (Chair of CSV) John Pulford joined CSV as a Trustee in 1980 and is presently Chair of the Board of Trustees. John has considerable management experience as an owner-manager.