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Bite Size Digital Skills 01 Jun 2016

ADS will use their existing Create eLearning package to design bitesize digital skills modules for their volunteers. Face-to-face or online learning will be offered depending on the needs of the volunteers, with one becoming a digital champion tasked with sharing the messages wider and ensure basic digital skills are embedded in the overall approach to training volunteers. The project will be delivered in Glasgow and overseen by an experienced team.

IT for U 01 Dec 2015

IT for U will operate from our High St shopfront, it will be run by existing Astro Work staff and is aimed at customers who want to use IT to improve their employment prospects and local people who want to gain practical skills and knowledge of the IT skills that which are necessary to be IT competent in the digital age. The project will use desktop machines, laptops, tablets and phones to demonstrate how the effective use of digital media can improve quality of life and increase employability prospects. For customers or residents who are already in employment, but whose role doesn’t involve IT skills we will concentrate on upskilling on basic internet use, safety and privacy and utilizing access to the internet to add quality to their lives, eg how to search for and access wi-fi areas when out and about, facebook pages to keep up with friends and family, taking, storing and sharing pictures and videos, online shopping, skype accounts, genealogy accounts etc. The content of the course will be participant led. For customers and residents seeking employment, or to change their employment circumstances, participation in the project will equip them with the skills to set up an email account, send and receive email messages on a range of handheld devices, how to open a universal jobmatch account, build and amend their CV to make it appropriate to vacancies. Our High St venue is an under-utilised ex-retail premises, we will set up an IT suite therein. Our staff are based there 5 days a week and we operate a drop in system. Beith Trust endeavours to cater to the needs, interests and capacity of our customers. The IT for U services will be bespoke to each customer – a program that suits their interests will be designed – they will be able to design it from a range of options which will include – small groupwork activity, online social activity – facebook – Instagram, 1-2-1 with a dedicated worker and ongoing support to allow participants to ‘practice’ their developing skills so that skills gained can be developed and built on. Beith Trust is a community led enterprise which was formed to tackle the social, economic, environmental and physical regeneration of the community of Beith and the wider Garnock Valley.

Go Digital 01 Aug 2018

Delivered over a 12 month period, ‘Go Digital’ will focus on upskilling key staff and volunteers within the organisation to develop and deliver digital skills training and support to isolated older people who we work with through our football memories and kinship care programmes. With funding to cover dedicated staff costs, associated volunteer costs and required digital kit, our 12 month project will be embedded into existing activity and will add significant capacity to our small organisation. We will undertake an essential skills audit across our football memories participants and Kinship Carer support group in order to understand the level of knowledge and skill. This will help us to develop a tailored training / support programme as well as giving us a baseline to monitor the project’s impact. We will use information from the Essential Digital Skills Framework to assess level of understanding / competence across communicating, handling information and content, transacting, problem solving, being safe/legal online. We anticipate a range of ability from foundation to basic level. Based on findings, our Project Officer (PO) and Volunteer Development Officer (VDO) will use online resources and support from the One Digital Team to develop a tailored programme, targeting key areas of need and detailing a timetable of engaging and relevant inputs (at least 2 x 1hr sessions per month over the 12mth project period). The PO and VDO will train existing volunteers who are interested in supporting the project to help deliver the sessions. We will purchase a set of 5 ipads and 5 google chrome laptops to ensure we have the necessary kit to allow participants to explore and learn. We will also put our Digital Skills Team (PO, VDO, Volunteers) forward to attend SCVO’s Digital Champions training to help support and add value to our project.

Bonkle Computer Club 01 Feb 2015

Introduction to the various types of computers available with the accent on tablets and notebooks to allow the participants to make an informed choice matched to their requirements. Instruction in the use of these computers and the software available. Initially present members, who are mainly elderly, and either do not have a computer or have an outdated one will be given the chance to try out the various types to guide them in their choice of computer type. This will be followed by instruction in the use of the chosen type. At the end of this period, assessment will be carried out and, on the basis of this, any required changes will be made before recruitment of new members. We already have notebook computers running Windows10 Preview. The grant has allowed the purchase of sufficient iPads and Android tablet computers allowing us to start demonstration/tuition on these. This will be carried out during June 2015 with existing members. A survey will then be taken before further recruitment. The holiday period will, however, delay this.

Cadder Online 01 Jun 2017

The Cadder Online project will enable us to support local people get online and improve their basic digital skills. We will host 3 pop-up events via our community cafe and community centre at busy times to target the harder to reach people who maybe have so far not had the confidence or motivation to participate. We will employ a digital inclusion worker for 8 hours per week to enable us to deliver 2 facilitated classes / groups and facilitate a drop in session weekly. One session will be during school hours to accommodate people with childcare issues with school age children and one will be in the evening to accommodate people after work. The drop in session will be a mid week morning session, while the Parent and Toddler group is running in the Community Centre's community room. The Cadder Online Project will provide flexible accessible support to local people who need help with a variety of basic digital skills to enable them to be more connected, reducing isolation, use the internet safely and securly, to help organise their finances and access online services increasing their confidence and engagement. We will continue to work in partnership with the local College Glasgow Kelvin College and others to ensure we can provide other learning or development opportunities wherever possible. We will also use existing resources to signpost people to any specialist or relevant services they may require such as welfare rights or ESOL support. The Cadder Online Project will also be made available to the Community Centre volunteers through the VIP (Volunteer Involvement Project), where volunteers will be able to develop their basic digital skills to help them in the placements and further development as part of their Personal Development Plans.

Take a Tablet 01 Feb 2015

Castle Douglas Community IT Centre will deliver training on using tablet devices to older people who currently have no access to the internet at home and don’t already own an internet enabled device. Delivery of this project will have two strands - a weekly 2 hour session for 4 weeks supplemented with supported practice or refresher sessions as required. Course content will include basic tablet control skills, accessing the internet, accessing online services (public and private sector), sending/receiving emails, video calling and social networking sessions targeted at improving communication with others. Participants will be provided with a tablet device to use at home for the duration of their course and signposted to local wireless ‘hotspots’ where they will be able to access the internet for free or at a low cost. Participants will learn how technology can bring them closer to friends and relatives, engage with hobbies and interests and access information online.

Connecting & Communicating 01 Dec 2014

The project will improve the technical infrastructure within the staff members and management committee of SCoD to develop audio and visual communication channels, integrate information and communications services, save money and create new mechanisms to engage and involve our member groups, particularly community groups further removed from empowered, democratic processes.

Digital Inclusion for the Visually Impaired 01 Dec 2015

The project will aim to increase digital inclusion within the visually impaired people of East Lothian ensuring they are able to play a part in the life of their communities. This will be achieved through very small classes consisting of the visually impaired person and their partner/carer and the tutor. The tutor in this case will be Jane McWhirter, Assitant Customer Service Officer in Wallyford Library. Jane is a qualified teacher with a natural passion and flair for ICT. The classes will be held in Wallyford Library when it is closed so Jane can give her full attention to her students. Wallyford has very good transport links to the rest of the county with a train station and frequent bus service. The 6 mini IPads bought from a previous bid will be used or if the student prefers they will use their own device. Jane has led a few classes previously and from experience knows that 2 people per class is sufficient and necessary for the most to be gained by participants. It is envisaged that classes will take place weekly and a session will last for 3 hours. Each student will receive 6 sessions in total or less dependent on need.

FRAE Fife Ethnic Minority Digital Inclusion Project 01 Jun 2016

This project seeks to put digital skills training at the heart of their services. Volunteer Community Champions will work with the target community groups supported by a sessional worker, and the FRAE Fife Coordinator. The target is to provide 5 digital skills training 10 week programmes for 30 individuals per programme, comprising six participants from each of the 5 target community groups. Each participant will be assessed at the start on their level of knowledge or competence, if any, in using IT, and progress will be monitored. Each participant will receive one to one tuition based on their level of need. Each participant will be registered with Digital Fife, and have supported access to a wide range of tuition module.

Amount: £9,860
Funder: Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations
Recipient: FRAE Fife Ltd
Region: Scotland
District: Fife

Employ your Mind 01 Jun 2016

They wish to improve their digital skills training and support with a view to embedding this approach within their existing "Employ your Mind" programme. The wider programme is partnership employability service between FEAT and NHS Fife mental health occupational therapy and psychology services. The service involves a combination of psychiatric treatment, core skills training, employability training and cognitive remediation therapy (CRT). The students also get the opportunity to complete a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level three Steps to Work. They wish to deliver additional sessions and drop-ins to particularly focus on improving digital skills for those participants that are lacking the basics, and proving to be another barrier in addition to their mental health illnesses to overcoming challenges in their daily lives. They also wish to develop a digital training resource guide that can be used by other staff across all of FEAT's projects. The project will be delivered in Glenrothes.

Digital Inclusion through Entrepreneurship 01 Feb 2015

Using Ebay fundraising activity as a vehicle for learning digital skills, we will increase the IT skills of participants whilst at the same time broadening participation in our online fundraising activity and generating funds for the Charity. We will also create in-house IT skills courses to boost confidence and learning of digital technologies and creating opportunities with Glasgow Kelvin College to expand that learning outside of our premises.

Forres Online 01 Feb 2015

With input from partners, FACT will develop an accessible and welcoming, fully equipped training room with free WiFi access, various laptops and tablets, including Apple and Android, a smart TV, comfortable informal seating and access to catering as required. We will run small group training sessions with trained tutors and volunteers, one to one sessions as needed, a drop in 'digital help' clinic and a series of evening sessions on a variety of contemporary topics, like secure online banking, identified by our initial questionnaire.

Hebridean History in the Digital Age 01 Feb 2015

The project will utilise the network and contacts built up by the Hebridean Connections project to identify people who may benefit from training in basic digital skills. Training events will then be held throughout Lewis and Harris, with a particular emphasis on reaching out to remote rural communities. An important feature of the training will be the the ability to conduct sessions in Gaelic as well as English, which will target those who may be better able to engage with digital technology by receiving training through the Gaelic medium.

Thrive in the digital world & reduce isolation 01 Dec 2014

Embedding awareness raising and skills development into regular working practices so that everyone that Homestart Majik works with across the rural communities of Argyll and Bute. The project will focus on increasing people’s confidence and motivation to use the internet and develop basic digital skills.


The funding will be used to purchase 10 transformer books (these offer the functionality of a laptop and the practicality and mobility of a tablet, promotional material, pay for volunteer expenses and post of Digital Expert who will help deliver the project. The activities will provide the opportunity for the elderly who are mainly households with low literacy, social excluded, no personal internet access, on pre-payment meters and are social housing tenants to getting their first click on computer, getting grips with using the internet, tablets and smartphones. Setting up of emails, online social media sites, banking and online shopping, staying safe. One to One meetings with the elderly will be arranged first at the community centre within their various residences to complete Basic Digital Skills Assessment Questionnaires to discuss and agree Personal Action Plans (PAP). This is because the elderly will choose from a list of options that would most improve their quality of life such as using search engines for hobbying, engaging with Facebook and other ‘chat’ options to renew social networks, and reconnect with their community, using Skype and other connecting options to maintain contact with friends and family. One-to-one sessions will cover: * Introduce and enhance IT skills -to be able to use the internet * Establish and map relevant skills motivation - knowing the reasons why using the internet is a good thing * Build awareness and confidence trust - a fear of online fraud, or not knowing where to start to go online. The weekly Activities are as follows: Friday- 12 noon -2pm (1 hour each for a group of 10 elderly participants) Saturday- 2pm - 4pm (1 hour each for a group of 10 elderly particpants)

Merkinch Goes Online. 01 Feb 2015

We want to deliver a project in Merkinch which supports local people living in poverty to access online services and resources which will help them to build skills, improve their economic circumstances and give them opportunities to build new links in their own community. The project will deliver a rolling programme of information sessions and practical skills activities for 7 hours per week on the following topics – using the internet, basic literacy, online banking, access to affordable credit, comparing fuel tariffs online and the benefits system. The project will have several outcomes * Local people will have increased access to digital services and resources, * They will have increased skills and confidence * The project will reduce poverty and increase financial inclusion * Fuel poverty will be reduced * More people will have access to affordable credit and incomes will be increased.

Move On IT Literacy Project 01 Feb 2015

Move On will provide IT Literacy skills to service users in Glasgow who have experienced homelessness or the care system. This will be delivered by literacy tutors through one-to-one and group sessions on common IT tasks including internet/e-mail, intro to word processing and spreadsheets. Service users will be identified through personal plans drawn up at the beginning of their engagement with our existing literacy programme. The project will also include setting up and moderating a secure online group for current and past service users to practise their skills and to facilitate monitoring their ongoing use of IT and the overall impact their increased skills and knowledge has on their lives.

Moving Online 01 Jun 2017

A recent Moving On Inverclyde service users' consultation identified a gap in provision around IT skills training. Moving On plans to address this gap by working in partnership with Access Technology Scotland to deliver a digital inclusion learning programme within Moving On’s training facilities. Access Technology Scotland will deliver two hour weekly learning sessions; one 1 hour group session followed by 1 hour one-to-one support, with access to free equipment to aid the learning process.

Tap to the App 01 Jun 2016

Music in Hospitals Scotland believe that living in a care home should be a positive experience for people. But for many life in a care home is one of repetition and isolation. Tap to the App will enable older people in care home settings to develop the digital skills to build and share personalised concert programmes and evaluate the live concerts delivered. Skills gained will be navigating an app, email, digital photos and form filling. A part-time project co-ordinator will be employed to engage with residents in the homes and train volunteers. Using tablets the co-ordinator will support individuals to identify music and compile their concert lists and email these for inclusion in the concert. After the concert they will be assisted to complete an online feedback form, such as QuickTapSurvey, which also includes a facility for them to capture photos to include in this. Tap to the App will provide not only the digital skills and confidence, disguised in a fun and practical activity, but a means to reconnect with those around them.

Aphasia iPad Partners 01 Jun 2016

This is a collaborative project between the Dundee AAC Research Group (DARG), Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) and NHS Tayside speech and language therapy (SLT). DARG runs the “Tap and Talk” aphasia iPad group (TaT). Through working with TaT, they have identified the need to train aphasia communication partners (ACP) in the use of iPads especially when they support people with severe aphasia (PWSA). Over two one-day workshops they will up-skill aphasia communication partners in iPad use. Two technology educators will teach key iPad skills which will be interspersed with training in practical application for communication support delivered by two speech and language therapists. Communication partners (such as spouses, family members, friends, staff from care facilities or volunteers) will learn how to use the iPad as a shared communication space in which partners and PWSA can co-construct rewarding conversations. A quality film will be produced through the training with the final product being uploaded to youtube. The project therefore has two key aims. Firstly, to achieve better conversations and interactions between people with aphasia and their partners through the multi-modal communication that an iPad offers. Secondly, over a longer period of time, for individuals with aphasia to increase their iPad skills through example, instruction and supported practice from their peer partner.