This week sees the start of my Digital Assistant Academy which will train 18 low income women from diverse backgrounds in new media skills. After a small pilot last winter funded by www.unltd.org.uk , I was lucky enough to get further funding from Nominet Trust to run the Academy again, and this time, to try a blended learning approach, combining on and offline learning.
I remember my first day at the School for Social Entrepreneurs like it was yesterday. 20 of us, all dressed up to the nines, assessing each other, trying to impress, and trying not to give away how nervous we were. Over the next 11 months, these strangers would become friends and colleagues; social businesses would be planned and built, and there would be laughter and tears.