Digital Inclusion

Can Do Online

Funded by Microsoft, I established and managed a 3 year project with a small delivery team of trainers that travelled all over GB, training up members of small community organisations with the skills they needed to be able to mange and support their ICT infrastructures in local community venues. A very hands on and practical approach included PC Building, PC Networking and Coaching skills.

Digital Story Telling

Funded by the Lottery I set up and managed a small project that enabled people, who'd experienced different life traumas, with little ICT skills to create their own digital stories – short 1 to 2 minutes DVDs. The stories were their own personal choice, self edited and usually very powerful as a result. The stories were collected in a library and used in anti discrimination training programmes.

Can Do IT and Communities @ one

I helped set up the Welsh Government's first real response to digital exclusion - the Communites@ one Programme. It was an all Wales programme that took a community development approach rather than a purely technical based on buildings and equipment. It helped over 200 community groups – large and small – deliver ICT related community project. I ran a small team of 4 who helped train and mentor community members and to give hardware and software advice and troubleshooting in SE Wales, supporting nearly 100 groups.

Communities 2.0

Originally as Wales Director of the Scarman Trust and a project partner, I managed a small team providing ICT support to community organisations (Circuit Riders) in the WG's successor programme to Communities @ one. I was then involved, on a freelance consultancy basis, providing advice and focusing on certain target communities that have not engaged with the digital world.

Super Connected Cities Boards

This was a very large DCMS programme seeking to improve significantly access to super fast broadband in certain cities around the UK. I was a Board member in both Cardiff and Newport. 

These also helped set up free wifi in City Centres, provided free public access to broadband in many community buildings, provided grants to small businesses to improve access to broadband and created an Internet Exchange in Cardiff.