People right now are self-isolating but when this pandemic is over and they are free to go about their day to day lives, we want to give the people of Sefton a space and the tools to learn, reconnect and to get back in touch with their community. Digital connectedness is key to reducing isolation and loneliness for all ages - especially the elderly and those who might struggle with self-confidence and their mental health. Getting people comfortable using IT is a great tool to build on this. We want to give the people of Sefton the opportunity to build confidence, build a network of new friends and learn new skills at L30 Community Centre, all at no cost to them. Once we're all allowed back out, many of our community will not have the resources or funds to invest in upskilling themselves. If we could facilitate this, it will empower them - it could be life-changing. Not just for the participants but for us too. We want to make a difference. You can help us!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This programme will combat social isolation by giving people a safe space to come together and learn something new - increasing confidence and building digital skills that they can then use in their day to day lives. Getting people comfortable using IT is key to ensuring they feel less alone when they physically can't get out and about. We will upskill local volunteers to take over the sessions moving forward. In 2019 we ran 2 digital session programmes called DIGITAL HEROES. This was a collaborative pilot project set up in partnership with Veterans in Sefton to help local veterans learn new skills which helped them re-engage with their community, whilst supporting mental health and wellbeing. We worked with two main Veteran support projects in Sefton. Digital Heroes helped veterans, especially those who were socially isolated or vulnerable, to use technology and feel more connected with their communities and more in control of their daily lives.
Steps to get it done:
At the end of 2019 we finished working with the Sefton Veterans. Working with 2 veteran support groups, Bootle & Southport. We found by delivering previous sessions called the ‘Digital Heroes’ programs there is more of a need for our digital training sessions than we first anticipated. An example would be, one of our learners had almost no skills and found it difficult to use the cursor pad. Identifying this at an early stage of the program helped us teach the learner new skills and how to use the cursor pad. But not only that, they learned by being patient and not getting frustrated got them through it. This attitude or change of, gave them enough confidence to grow throughout the sessions and create their own artwork. Others have suggested new business ventures, which we offered assistance with if needed, when they are ready to take their business idea to the next step. So the benefits could be a total change of attitude to work, life and the people around them. All in a good way.
About the space
L30 Community centre
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
Helping our communities and volunteers to improve our beautiful borough