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How Vulnerable Young People Experience Digital Exclusion

The year-long #NotWithoutMe pilot programme challenge the assumption that younger generations are ‘digital natives’ and have basic digital skills or access to learning opportunities.

Carnegie UK Trust provided £40k to fund the pilot programme and partnered with local projects in Glasgow, Cumbria, Belfast and London to run over 80 practical sessions which saw 100 vulnerable young people get involved to improve their skills.

Report participants came from a variety of backgrounds and faced different barriers to digital inclusion.

The combined outcomes highlight the challenges society faces in tackling the perception that all children and young people have equal opportunities in developing the required digital ‘life’ skills.

The combined outcomes highlight the challenges society faces in tackling the perception that all children and young people have equal opportunities in developing the required digital ‘life’ skills.

The pilot programme has prompted the Carnegie UK Trust to outline key recommendations:

  • Digital participation strategies should take specific consideration of vulnerable young people.
  • Existing long-term skills development programmes in formal and informal education settings should embed digital skills learning.
  • Young people should be involved in shaping digital skills projects.
  • Appropriate ongoing training should be provided for the family and professional support networks for young people.

Gina Wilson, Carnegie UK Trust, said: “As a society we are guilty of assuming that young people are digitally proficient and have access to the benefits that digital skills can bring. Digital exclusion, particularly amongst vulnerable young people, is an important and often overlooked issue.

“These four pilot projects highlight the need to invest in young people facing extra challenges in life, whether that be their background or the fact they have a learning disability. In supporting vulnerable young people to develop relevant digital skills and understanding, we can also empower them to access more opportunities, and in turn improve both their social and mental well-being. This week is ‘Get Online Week’ and, as we encourage more people to explore the digital world, we should be mindful of those who are at risk of exclusion and how we can facilitate much needed support.”

To read the full Charity Digital News click here.

Out of School Activity Lead Worker

Murray Hall Community Trust is looking to appoint an out of school activity worker to plan and implement park based physical play activities across the Rowley area. Sessions will be based in local community centre’s and parks in a bid to encourage children to play together locally, be more physically active and enjoy the outdoors.

Location: Rowley ‘Go Play’ service
Hours: 16 term time (18 hours during school holidays)

The sessions are aimed at children aged between six and twelve years old (up to the age of 16 if children have special educational needs or disabilities). They will take place after school Mon-Thurs in term-time and during the day 3 days per week throughout school holidays.

Applicants should have a full and relevant qualification – minimum Level 3 NVQ (or equivalent), in Childcare / Playwork / Youth Work. You will have experience of working with children in a similar environment and will hold a full clean driving licence with use of a car.

For further information please contact Lynsey Matthews at

Closing date for applications Friday, 3 November 2017. Interviews will take place week commencing 6 November.

Digital Promotions for Business Employability Course

A one-of-a-kind programme is being launched to help teenagers and the unemployed boost their digital skills and find sustainable work.

Digital Me is offering young people, aged 16-18, the opportunity to sign up for a digital employability course, where they can learn everything from setting up an email address and storing data on a device in the cloud to creating digital marketing campaigns for business, developing a mobile app and producing exciting top quality videos for channels including YouTube.

You will also learn business administration and customer service skills to provide you with core skills employers are looking for, as well as assist you to write an impressive CV, apply for jobs and give top tips on how to perform in an interview.

Digital Me is a Bsmart Training initiative and the flexible course has been developed to help attract the hard-to-reach NEETs with subjects that may generate more interest than normally may be the case. More importantly, however, it will give you the skills that employers are desperately short of.

Successful learners will receive a Level 2 nationally accredited qualification in Digital Promotions for Business, as well as more knowledge and new skills to help in their job-hunt.

Digital Me is now looking to work with partners nationwide who have secured funding to help NEETs back into work, and also learners to sign up to this unique and exciting course.

To find out more about signing up, please contact 0121 501 2243 and ask for Lori, or visit Digital Black Country’s website.




O2 /, which is an online digital hub from O2 (O2 Think Big), is inviting applications from individuals to apply for funding of £500 to support social action projects that inspire others to unlock their potential and benefit the local community.

Projects should make use of digital technology and can be based around anything from skills workshops, podcasts, journalism pieces to live events, community initiatives or apps.  To be eligible to apply, applicants should be aged 15-24 live in the UK and have a creative and unique project idea.

Projects need to be completed within 6 months.

The closing date for applications is the 28th October 2017.

More information


Wessex Youth Trust

The next deadline for applications to the Wessex Youth Trust is the 1st November 2017.

The Trust awards grants to registered charities (including schools and PTAs) that help, support and advance the wellbeing of disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 21 years.  Applications from self-help organisations and charities requiring seed corn funding or pump priming for the development of more extensive fund-raising initiatives are preferred, as are specific project funding requests rather than contributions to broader appeals.

To apply, download an application form and post to the Trust before 1st November 2017.

To see examples of the types of projects funded by the Wessex Trust please click here.


Connexions Sandwell Careers Roadshow

Connexions Sandwell are having a Careers Roadshow on Tuesday, 17 October and Wednesday, 18 October 2017. IMPACT Providers and the Sandwell Youth Bus will be in two locations promoting IMPACT activities for young people aged 16 – 19 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Go along to the locations and find out about free training in CSCS Card, First Aid, Engineering, Games Design, Sports and Leisure activities and much more.

The Youth Bus will be at Oldbury Council House, 1 pm – 3 pm on 17 October and High Street, West Bromwich, 1 pm – 3 pm on 18 October.

Do not miss it!!

For more information, contact Connexions Sandwell on 0121 569 2955.

Lyng Community Association Youth Club Launch

You are cordially invited to the relaunch of Lyng Community Association’s Youth Club on Saturday, 7 October 2017.  Just drop in between 2 pm & 6 pm at The Good Shepherd Church, Bromford Lane, West Bromwich B70 7HP.

An event for the whole family.  There will be free activities, a raffle, music, food and drinks, together with a few surprises!

Please contact or for more information.



Ernest Cook Trust

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).

The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000) and a large grants programme (grants in excess of £4,000). There is a rolling programme for small grants. Applications can be made at any time.

Previous projects supported include Fleet Infant School in Hampshire which received a grant of £1,495 to buy Numicon teaching resources to raise numeracy levels for the school’s 300 pupils; Rook Lane Arts Trust in Frome, Somerset which received a grant of £8, 500 to develop a project with 17 local schools and family centres to inspire literacy skills in children aged 8 to 11 – particularly boys; and Swiss Cottage School which received a grant of £7,272 towards an art tutor and resources for an out-of-hours learning project, ensuring learning throughout the year for its 237 special needs pupils.

The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st January 2018.

More information

Big Lottery Fund renews support for School for Social Entrepreneurs

A further 1,300 social entrepreneurs can look forward to receiving funding after the Big Lottery Fund committed £2.55m to renew its support for the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).

The renewal extends Big Lottery Fund’s commitment to the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme and SSE, which launched in 2012. The award-winning programme, jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund, will support 2,600 social entrepreneurs in total by 2022.

The first five years of the programme has supported 1,300 social entrepreneurs, who are forecasted to reach as many as 1.1 million beneficiaries over five years, according to a social impact review of the programme conducted by CAN Invest and Investing for Good.

Big Lottery Fund’s £2.55m grant to School for Social Entrepreneurs will support a further 1,300 social entrepreneurs over the next five years with grants of up to £10,000. Students also attend a year-long SSE learning programme to help them start up, grow or scale their organisation, and receive mentoring from a Lloyds Banking Group employee.

This funding announcement follows SSE’s 20th anniversary in July, when it celebrated supporting more than 1,000 leaders of social change each year through its learning programmes and courses across its global network of 11 schools.

Alastair Wilson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “The renewal of our partnership with Big Lottery Fund means School for Social Entrepreneurs can deliver on our mission to support the learning and growth of social entrepreneurs – people who solve problems first-hand within their communities. This grant-funding will directly benefit 1,300 people who are creating tangible social and environmental impact across the UK. We are thrilled to announce this news as we celebrate 20 years of supporting the leaders of social change with learning and connections.”

James Harcourt, Grant Making Director for England, Big Lottery Fund said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we have been able to continue our support for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund. Collaborations like this allow us to maximise the impact of our funding, and the entrepreneurial aspect of the programme aligns with our commitment to putting people in the lead and having a positive impact in communities across England.”

The sixth cohort of the programme will begin in October 2017. People interested in applying for the 2018 cohort can register their interest at

Source: Charity Digital News

Tipton Town FC – All Inclusive Disability Football

Tipton Town Football Club invites you to join their all inclusive disability football which will be commencing on:

Thursday 28 September 2017,  5.30pm till 6.30pm at the RSA Academy, Tipton, DY4 0BZ.

This new opportunity is aimed at ages 7 to 16 years of age. Providing them with the opportunity to make new friends, increase confidence, learn new skills and much more.

The sessions are being delivered by experienced coaches. Please note that these sessions are not turn up and play sessions you will need to register your interest with either Matt on 07896661257 or Jon on 07874976416.

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