2nd December 1994 at 00:00

Cathy Midwinter, Manchester Development Education Project, is investigating how to set up a rapid provision of classroom materials service on topical and high-profile "Third World" and environment issues, such as Rwanda. She needs advice on how to inform teachers effectively about the availability of such materials and on efficient methods of distribution. Address: DEP, co Manchester Metropolitan University, 801 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2QR, 061 445 2495.

CHILD SIGHT APPEAL Half a million children a year lose their sight in the developing world, approximately one every minute. A diet richer in vitamin A, immunisation against measles and simple eye care would reduce this number by 75 per cent. Sight Savers is working towards this reduction by running a Pounds 1 million appeal for its projects in Africa and Asia. Schools can book a slide show outlining the campaign from: Sue Castle, 0444 415866.

THE LONDON WHITE CARD The LWC is a three or seven-day pass (Pounds 29 or Pounds 50), for teachers or families living outside London planning visits to the capital's museums and galleries, which saves money on entrance fees at 13 venues. Outlets include the Victoria Tourist Information Centre, British Airways, Museum of London, Royal Academy of Arts, Science Museum, and Museum of the Moving Image. Details: 071 923 0807.

SPECIAL NEEDS The British Epilepsy Association has a new freephone helpline, 0800 309030, and The Spastics Society has a new name - Scope - "spastic" having become a barrier between the charity and the people it works with. Scope has launched a report, Disabled in Britain: a World Apart, price Pounds 4.95, containing the experiences of more than 1,500 disabled people covering everything from education to social life and relationships. Details: Scope, 12 Park Crescent, London W1N 4EQ.

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