This was only the second time I had met John (at Maristow House residential home in Salisbury) but immediately felt that he would benefit from a Virtual Wishes session. We looked at a number of apps including 'Draw Free', 'Fluidity' and 'Bloom'. John is unable to communicate verbally but seems to be constantly trying to make himself understood and can get quite frustrated.
John was given a lobotomy in Thailand over 20 years ago and has been very much isolated socially since then. He is unable to speak but clearly wants to communicate.
How does a love of football extend into a digital making activity (sensor football boots anyone?); what digital making activities are borne from a passion for fashion and where does a fascination with Harry Potter, Wallace and Gromit or Moshi Monsters enter into digital making?
What we want to achieve: We believe all young people have what it takes to be great. We want everyone to share this belief and we want to help young people achieve their ambitions.
The need/problem: Young people from lower socio economic backgrounds achieve disproportionately less in life. We want to even the playing field, improve their wellbeing, their self-belief and their access to opportunities to achieve their ambitions.
Thanks to Nominet Trust, we are now in a position to build on our excellent yet humble beginnings as a small-scale North London pilot and extend the Trading Times service and expand across all of London and beyond. Our ambition is for Trading Times to be recognised as a highly valued UK-wide social enterprise, delivering meaningful social impact at scale. Yet how do we do this? Trading Times is an online platform that connects plus50s, carers & single parents with flexible work opportunities with local employers.
We’ve come to the end of our pilot phase now, and actually, the things that we thought could be concerns weren’t, and the things we hadn’t even thought about got brought to our attention. The main question that kept coming up was… what exactly can we call a job nowadays?!
We Are The Million started out as an idea: If we helped small businesses raise funds to grow, over time that growth would lead to new jobs being created.
It's an exciting time for e-connect, because we are now promoting our project! As all the students have returned,we are now marketing the project far and wide to local schools, colleges and education providers. We have sent out packs (full of brochures and business cards) for students so they can find out about e-connect, to explore and discover the many videos we have.
Go ON Gold, our major national campaign to raise awareness of the barriers faced by people with disabilities in accessing computers, the internet and the digital age, is coming to its formal end.
Funded generously by Nominet Trust for 18 months, our funding period came to an end on 30 August and we are now winding down our activities - which have included making videos, collating resources online for all relevant audiences and building a big partnership network to promote the campaign.
For 2 weeks during August our normally quiet offices have had an unusual sound rumbling from the ground floor. A group of about 17 young people aged 9 to 21 descended into the building each day, taking charge of lap tops, cameras, iPads and various other bits of equipment, sharing ideas and creating resources.