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Highly Commended Best Development Project for the Nominet Best Practice Challenge 2008
We live in a digital world. Mobile phones, the internet and digital TV are considered an essential part of everyday life. However, over one third of people are missing out because they cannot access the technology or see how it fits in with their life. Yet, it is these people who stand to benefit most…
Why digital inclusion matters
Being digitally included is not just about knowing how to use a computer… using Information and Communication Technologies can open the doors to many life enhancing opportunities such as getting a job, staying in touch with friends and family, saving money and provide hours of entertainment. However, people on the wrong side of the digital divide are missing out and likely to become more and more excluded if they do not engage with these technologies. “We don’t intend to make anyone do anything they don’t want, all we believe is that everyone should have the chance to use digital technology”
EverybodyOnline is a digital inclusion initiative from Citizens Online, the UK’s leading and only charity solely committed to researching, promoting and addressing the issues of digital inclusion. Citizens Online is recognised as a trusted voice of the digital inclusion agenda. Because of our work alongside key ICT experts in government; business; and the voluntary sector and seeing the issues first hand; we have an extensive knowledge of the digital inclusion agenda and how to address the issues. The first EverybodyOnline project launched in 2002. Since then a total of 21 projects have worked across the UK linking in with business, statutory and voluntary sector organisations to pool resources and provide internet and computer learning activities to some of the most socially and digitally excluded communities across the UK.
We believe that Digital Inclusion isn’t just about providing access to ICT - it’s about having the skills, the confidence and the motivation to use it. It’s not enough to show people how to use the internet if they do not understand the opportunities or the benefits it offers, or access it in a location that is convenient for them. We deliver tailored learning activities to introduce people to the internet, making it relevant to their lives so they may be empowered with the confidence and skills to benefit from the many opportunities the internet provides. “Technology can be the key to empowering and improving people’s lives” Projects are set up in various locations that have been found to be digitally and or socially disadvantaged in some way. To ensure we target those most excluded we work with local partners, such as supported housing and employment schemes, the police, schools, day
care centres and voluntary groups to deliver learning activities in community venues where participants feel at ease with the new technology being introduced.
What we do:
• • Provide themed internet learning sessions: digital story telling, job seeking, online safety for parents, genealogy and basic internet taster sessions Organise events as part of national campaigns such as Silver Surfers Day, Adult Learners’ Week, BT Internet Rangers, Volunteers Week and Learning Disability Week Develop and deliver bespoke non and accredited training courses, for example: Internet & Email basics, ICT level 1, Certificate for information Technology users’ (CLAIT), city & Guilds in teamwork, communication and personal development Work with local partners to develop new services and resources such as bringing to life redundant IT suites, introducing the internet into sheltered housing and village halls and creating web pages to put local groups on the digital map
Work wth local stakeholders to secure funding for essential resources such as assistive technology (big key keyboards, roller mice and speech software) and refurbishing community venues to provide ICT learning facilities
Our Key Successes
Each year EverybodyOnline demonstrates that it can successfully bridge the digital divide. We believe the EverybodyOnline programme is a beacon of excellence in the field of digital inclusion as our key successes demonstrate: To date over 17,000 people have attended an EverybodyOnline session Introduced the internet to over 750 people in sheltered housing schemes Have helped 135 people into employment Where stats have been researched for EverybodyOnline projects, all recorded a higher than average gain in internet use for that area Received a Highly Commended award for the Best Development Project in the Nominet Best Practice Challenge 2008 Participated in and supported bids to bring in over £2,324,000 into local communities EverybodyOnline Northern Ireland recognised for its work by Equal Opportunities European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (EYEOA)
Making a Difference Using Digital Media With the help of the EverybodyOnline Liverpool 8 project, local resident Tracy Dunn was able to produce an online campaign, a series of short films, and get acquainted with the local radio station highlighting local regeneration issues in the city of Liverpool. Her campaign blog www.violetmazeadventures.blogspot.com has been acknowledged by Central Government who has now agreed to carry out a full, public enquiry. “Being given the opportunity to make my own films has been a life changing experience. I am usually a shy person, and the camera has acted as an icebreaker…“Thank you so much” “I am so very proud of all the young people and their mentors who took part in the Telling Tales Project. The project provided the young people with the opportunity to express their creativity, promote social inclusion and achieve an educational qualification; and most importantly to participate. The CD which has been produced captures this perfectly. This experience has been such a positive one for all.” Senior Practitioner Denise MacDermott (NIACRO) Derry Northern Ireland “I think there’s a lot of guys my age or older who are scared to use a computer – but once you’re over the initial fear there’s lots you can learn and the internet is a really useful thing.”
Charlie; formerly homeless and who moved into employment with help from EverybodyOnline Glasgow
“I’ve really enjoyed learning how to use computers and the Internet, and John makes it fun to learn, I’m hoping to have my poems published someday and will use the internet when I’m ready to find publishers online”. New internet learner George Bridger, EverybodyOnline Leigh Park, Hampshire “As a pensioner with no IT facilities at home and no transport to get to the Public Library, etc, the provision of broadband at the Village Hall is a great boom. It has opened up so many possibilities and information is literally at my finger tips!” Mrs Smith, Ibberton and Belchalwell Village Hall, Connecting Dorset “John has worked very hard over the past number of weeks and this is evident in his achievements … I remember meeting John for the first time and how, as an avid book fan he wasn’t convinced that the internet would be much use to him. However, now we’d be surprised if we went to the computer suite and didn’t see him there”. Karen Wilson, Project Officer Derry/Londonderry Northern Ireland
To find out more about EverybodyOnline visit www.EverybodyOnline.org.uk or see us in action at www.youtube.com/everybodyonline
Citizens Online is a registered charity no. 1087794 A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 3963007 and in Scotland no. SC039737. Registered Office1 Town Square, West Swindon Centre, Tewkesbury Way, Swindon SN5 7DL.
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