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Tap and Talk 01 Feb 2015

The project will provide a specialised support environment where people with aphasia can come together to learn and consolidate skills for using their tablet devices to support their communication. The benefits in using this technology, especially for communication, are immense. However, for individuals with aphasia, they require focussed direction and expert knowledge in order to overcome physical and cognitive access challenges. Unlike other computer support groups, sessions must be planned and structured taking into account the diverse needs and abilities of participants. One-to-one support from helpers and peers which is coordinated by trained assistive technologists who understand the access and learning needs of disabled users is required. The group will provide ongoing support for individuals who no longer receive acute speech and language therapy. Although therapists acknowledge the need for ongoing support, there is currently no mechanism in place to provide this support.

Grace Digital Well Being Cafe (Independence Through Digital Literacy Attainment) 01 Dec 2015

Our aim at G.R.A.C.E is to establish a Digital Well Being Cafe within Hillhead Community Centre from where we currently deliver our services. In recognition of our clients’ needs and the ongoing societal demands for digital literacy we have an urgent need to establish an IT suite through which we can offer supported digital literacy learning workshops to adults who have become socially incapacitated or isolated through traumatic life events, mental health issues, poverty, unemployment & poor socioeconomic placing, and or, addiction related issues. The IT suite will be available throughout the working week for members to use. The key aims we need to meet through implementing our Digital Well Being Cafe are: * To furnish participants with a digital literacy skills foundation that will: * Encourage self-directed endeavour utilising digital technologies * Promote confidence in engaging with digital based social mediums and communities * Build and promote confidence in using digital technologies as a way of engaging with others and thereby reduce social isolation and exclusion and promote social capacity * Reduce anxiety and promote confident engagement with today’s high tech society with particular focus on understanding and accessing benefits through online government services such as Universal Credit & Job Search * Enable self-supported problem solving in the use of and engagement with digital technology and the digital world * Empower individuals with a sound grasp of terminology and jargon relating to digital technologies and mediums * Enable greater understanding and communication within the family setting when dealing with digital technology and related mediums, particularly between parent and child * Find people better placed to move onto positive destinations in relation to education, training and or employment In addition to training on laptops we will explore other technologies such as phones, tablets, midi controllers, cameras etc. Visiting facilitator Rikki Traynor will conduct digital literacy workshops offering personal tuition and group lead digital based learning activities. Rikki has over two years’ experience in working with G.R.A.C.E and has the unique attributes that afford him the ability to nurture and support a person on a recovery journey, whilst possessing industry recognised IT skills and an ability to teach such in a way that is appropriate and accessible to all those who engage with G.R.A.C.E For G.R.A.C.E it is all about providing services and training which develop people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point and relapsing. This innovative project is not just about individuals developing digital literacy skills. The digital cafe will be implemented to work in tandem with our other projects and services. This project is about empowerment and it is about supporting people as they seek to achieve full independence in life. It is about enabling individuals to play their part in shaping the world that is shaping them.

Digital Dragons 01 Dec 2015

The project will be delivered from our offices on Leith Walk and will work with 60 older BME people. 40 beneficiaries will be people of Chinese origin and 20 will be of South Asian origin who will initially receive five, two-hourly training sessions covering introductory IT skills/computer awareness training. Of those, half (20 and 10 respectively) will progress to a three week advanced course to build on the skills and knowledge they have received through the course. Courses will take the following format: Four introductory courses will be provided for Chinese people offering ten training places per course. Each course will consist of five x two hour training sessions covering the basics of IT knowledge. The tutor:beneficiary ratio for these courses will be 2:10 and tutors will be bi-lingual. Following on there will be two advanced courses, each offering ten places which will run for two hours for three weeks. Provision for the South Asian community will follow the same format but with smaller class sizes (five places) with one tutor per class (ratio of 1:5). Due to the cultural needs of this group, single-gender classes will be on offer and will be delivered on a gender basis by bi-lingual tutors. The project will be delivered by bilingual trainers based on the needs of two culturally and linguistically diverse communities. As a result of each groups’ specific needs, development and delivery will be based on the concept of cultural competence. As such, the project’s success will depend on the knowledge held within the organisation and by training staff, with whom we have worked before. As previously stated, this is an innovative project and will be the only one of its kind which delivers training to older and elderly minority ethnic people in their native tongues while at the same time considering their cultural needs. Within Edinburgh and the Lothians there are a number of organisations which work with Chinese and South Asian people but MECOPP is the only organisation in Scotland that works with older and elderly minority ethnic carers. Similarly, there are various organisations that deliver IT training to different sections of the minority ethnic community but these are aimed at other specific target groups, for example, younger South Asian people, Sikh women only, women only, etc. This project would be unique in that it would work with two culturally diverse groups of older and elderly people to provide bespoke IT skills training, delivered in the clients’ first language. Project costs include the purchase of ten transformer books (these offer the functionality of a laptop and the practicality and mobility of a tablet) and also the purchase of ten Chinese writing tablets. These allow people to write Chinese symbols which are then uploaded to a pc/laptop/tablet.

Get DigITal Clubs 01 Feb 2015

Get DigITal Clubs will target older people, people with disabilities and job seekers with little or no ICT experience. Participants will undertake a 4 week (2 hours per week) basic ICT course run by one of our Learning Centre Advisers and then be supported to practice their new skills by volunteers recruited from learners who have: completed one of our accredited courses; or who have declared an interest as a result of our advertising campaign.

Our Stories & Your Memories 01 Feb 2015

Workshops for digitizing creative writers’ work to CD, booklet & digital magazine to be circulated to older residents in the community & at Kinlochbervie Day Care Centre. Photo scanning workshops plus tuition in basic computer skills for older people to stimulate interest in generating stories to contribute to Stories & Memories publication.

Stories from the Digital Divide 01 Dec 2015

Quarriers (through its Go4It project, an award winning project which helps people we support develop digital skills), partnering with the Glasgow Centre for Independent Living (a disabled led organisation), wish to use the opportunity given by the Digital Challenge Fund to undertake a piece of Action Research on digital exclusion. We aim to find out underlying stories about why people have been digitally excluded or chosen not to use computers, and the impact of then being digitally included. Our “Stories from the Digital Divide” project will work intensively with twelve people with learning disabilities living in Glasgow and the surrounding area. This is a group known to face above average rates of digital exclusion. Within that group we would expect to have people who are older and who are seeking social security allowances. By spending time getting to know them, and working closely with them to develop their basic digital skills (by delivering Quarriers DigiKnow basic IT skills course) over a three month period, the project will be able to produce a piece of grounded action research, rich in qualitative data that seeks to find out more about why people have been digitally excluded and what sort of actions lead to them moving beyond exclusion into participation. The project will work with twelve individuals to fully document their story around digital exclusion - mapping their story, describing their learning journey on the project and explaining the outcome of their experience. Data on the participants will be collected throughout their time on the project by project staff through semi structured interviews, informal conversations, questionnaires and observations. Data will be collected on an individual participant basis but discussions involving the whole group will also take place to increase the likelihood of peer reflection and support taking place. Once the twelve participants have been selected they will be split into three groups. Each group will then be tutored once a fortnight for two hours over three months. This number is kept small because this project aim is to focus on each individual and produce an accurate study of their situation and their progress. At the outset a baseline on each participant’s digital skills and experience will be recorded. Any future progress will be measured against this baseline. Trained Quarriers and GCIL facilitators will provide individually tailored support and tutoring to each participant, covering switching the computer on and off, keyboard and mouse use, opening and closing windows, internet use and safety, skype, email and online shopping. Participant’s progress and uptake of technology will be tracked via outcomes from the Go On UK basic digital skills framework making use of, for example, online quizzes. Over the year, the impact of having technology in their lives will be tracked to see if tackling the divide head on can bridge the gap.

Amount: £8,536
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: Quarriers

Digital skills for speakers of other languages. 01 Dec 2015

Rosemount Lifelong Learning delivers a range of learning opportunities, pre employability support for families, and childcare from our two centres based in Royston. The project will complement other community based learning opportunities we offer by delivering digital skills for people don’t speak English as their first language in North East Glasgow. North East Glasgow has a high level of people living within the community who are speakers of other languages. We will recruit a new small team of volunteers who speak a range of different languages in addition to English to deliver digital skills training. These volunteers will be trained to deliver digital skills on a 1:1 or small group basis to people who speak the same language. This will enable people with no or low digital skills to initially concentrate on learning one set of skills at a time – digital skills. Over time and as the participants digital skills increase the volunteers will be able to teach the people they are matched with the necessary technical language in English so that they will be able to use computers, keyboards and internet that are available in Scotland for use without specialist adaption and settings. The 1:1 or small group nature of the support will allow people to have a high level of individualised support and to learn at their own pace and focus on developing the digital skills they identify that they need. Currently we are unable to offer IT learning to speakers of other languages unless they have a good level of spoken written and read English which is excluding many people from digital learning. We currently use volunteer literacy tutors to deliver 1:1 literacy work and small group with local people and aim to expand this model to the new area of deliver digital skills to people whose first language is not English. We will recruit a part time Volunteer Coordinator who will recruit and train volunteers who speak a wide range of languages. It would be impossible to recruit volunteers that speak every language in the area but will focus on the most widely spoken languages. The Volunteer Coordinator will also match people looking for support with digital skills with volunteers and offer volunteers ongoing support and training and develop the project. We will also look at how these volunteers can support our existing ESOL classes by doing digital skills inputs into classes and working alongside class tutors. Participants will be able to choose which device(s) they use to learn with including desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. They will also be taught about the range of devices that are available. The project is innovative as it doesn’t require participants to increase their level of English language before they are able to learn digital skills and also separates out the two skills of English and Digital skills as well later combining the learning of the two.

Upload Mobility from Upward Mobility 01 Dec 2015

We have a rich history of using technology to enrich our workshops, and the results are undeniable. Joyful, high quality creative work has been the backbone of the hundreds of lives we have changed for the better. Using technology is also a great risk, we have seen cyberbullying, dangerous behaviour online and inappropriate use of technology. Our staff are trained to respond to these events and we all know the vulnerabilities of the people we work with. Building in a robust layer of IT skill and good sense across all our workshops will take a lot of work and a ‘learning by stealth’ approach. For example our photography workshop have created an amazing collection of themed albums, but we do not currently have the capacity to connect or share their work on the internet. This is something that can bring critical attention, the thrill, joy and risk of choosing, displaying, publishing and sharing your work with others is something that we desperately want our students to experience. This grant will help us do that in a safe, structured way. The project will be a collaboration between our Education and Curriculum Manager and our workshop facilitators. They will work together to implement the digital skills appropriate to our students in ways that enhance the following workshops throughout the grant period: Photography workshop every Monday (8 Students) Social Media awareness every Monday (3 Students) Café project every weekday (4 Students) Preston pans Multi Media Workshops every Monday ( 9 Students) We will use a mixed environment of technology; tablets, PC’s and laptops, office and free software, just as in the real world. We have a donated suite of 10 desktop PC’s all windows, thanks to the TT-Exchange program we have licensed versions of Windows 7. We use free or online version of software including Google Picassa, to manage the photography workshops. This grant will allow us to buy enough tablets so we can have two and sometimes three workshops using them at once. Another example where we will implement a digital skills layer of learning using this grant is our new café project. Funded by Community Food & Health Scotland and the Clothworkers Foundation as well as other smaller funders. It is a small social enterprise that will start out providing healthy lunches cooked by and consumed by our students. We will run the café as an enterprise and involve the students in the business, promotion, and research for the café. This will be done in a structured way using skills and materials provided by this grant. We also have a similar ‘framework’ approach to equipping our students with skills that will help them approach sustainable employment and digital life skills together. This grant will feed into that work, and our application to the RBS Skills and Opportunities fund to add more digital skills and training to our employability themed workshops, including a special strand in the Café Project.

Digital Inclusion Coordinator 01 Feb 2015

This project will employ a part-time Digital Inclusion Communications Coordinator at our Inclusive Learning Centre. The ILC is an excellent resource and we wish to tackle barriers that prevent people from being online though utilising this resource to its maximum capacity. Examples of proposed sessions and workshops at the ILC include: digital work clubs, IT classes, using tablets and apps, employability courses, job search, benefit claims (especially universal credit), financial support, paying bills online, online banking, homework clubs and literacy clubs.

Assistive Technology Training 21 Jun 2015

Assistive Technology Training

Amount: £4,600
Funder: The Big Lottery Fund
Recipient: The Aidis Trust
Region: Wales
District: Wrecsam - Wrexham

A4A - Middleton Community Bowling Club 17 Jun 2015

The organisation will use the funding to carry out improvements to its pavilion facility by installing a water heater and cooler, a memorial garden and fund the costs of a venue during the winter months. This will enable the group to enhance the comfort of its pavilion and install a garden to remember members who have passed away, as well as provide bowls and social activities throughout the year to prevent isolation and lonlineness during the winter months when the green cannot be used.

EngagingOlderLondoners 15 Jul 2015

The group will use the funding to deliver a series of forums that will enable excluded older people to have a more active role in the community. This will see the beneficiaries challenging issues that they face and will address issues surrounding social isolation.

Village Hall Upgrade 16 Dec 2015

The group will use the funding to refurbish the kitchen in the village hall. This will increase healthy and safety and improve the environment of the hall.

Amount: £8,600
Funder: The Big Lottery Fund
Recipient: Keyham Village Hall
Region: East Midlands
District: Harborough District

Teenagers Too @ the Cheese and Grain 24 Jun 2015

The group will use the funding to deliver a series of activity workshops for teenagers, some of whom are living with disabilities. This will engage beneficiaries in positive activities and strengthen community relationships.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Big Lottery Fund
Recipient: Cheese and Grain
Region: South West
District: Mendip District

Accessible (and paperless) service 19 Aug 2015

The group will use the funding to improve their IT facilities, data storage and security. This will enable them to work more efficiently and better meet the demand for their outreach support services for women suffering from domestic abuse.

Amount: £8,932
Funder: The Big Lottery Fund
Recipient: My Sister's Place
Region: North East
District: Middlesbrough

Ballygalget Community Group 03 Dec 2015

The school, which is based in the Ballygalget area outside Portaferry received £9,604. The project is using the grant to buy iPads to be used for weekly lessons in the Ballygalget Community Computer Club and equipment for giving presentations.

Heathfield Community Hub 13 May 2015

The organisation have identified that there are limited access to services for people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable living in the local villages which are rurally isolated. This will be addressed by building the skills and capacity to develop a community and social hub offering public service information and advice, a referral service, local community action and volunteering and access to public and voluntary sector support services locally.

Castleford - Castle FIT! A Trim Trail 22 Jul 2015

The group will use the funding to provide a free outdoor gym and fitness trail for the community to use. This will enable beneficiaries to engage in a healthier lifestyle.

Amount: £10,000
Funder: The Big Lottery Fund
Recipient: Castlefort JMI School
Region: West Midlands
District: Walsall District

Information and practical open day for children who stammer and their 20 May 2015

The organisation will use the funding to deliver a one day pilot information and education day with specialist practical support workshops for parents and activity sessions for young children with severe stammering issues. This will improve the ability of parents to appropriately support their children through increased knowledge and skills, and develop a peer support network for parents and children to reduce their isolation and improve the children's confidence and self-esteem.

W.I.S.E (Wellbeing, Interaction, Stimulation and Education) 21 Jun 2015

W.I.S.E (Wellbeing, Interaction, Stimulation and Education)