Well, what can we say? 2017 has been a fab year for us. We’ve been involved in so many awesome projects and worked with so many talent, dedicated and amazing folk, so we thought we should put together some of our highlights…
Earlier in the year we finishing delivering our i-Well project. i-Well is a digital well-being project for adults with learning disabilities. As part of the project, a set of 6 workshops and resources have been developed that explore topics such as using social media, self-representation online, healthy relationships, and information, media, & ICT literacies. Within the activities in these workshops, transferable capacities such as critical thinking skills and emotional resilience are embedded. The project was supported by a grant from The Big Lottery fund. The workshops are designed to support people to engage positively with social media platforms and digital communication tools, and the resources and activities have been developed to be accessible for people with learning disabilities. You can download the resource pack here.
Throughout the year we’ve been working with Liverpool Libraries, to run a development project for young creatives in Liverpool, with funding from BBC Children in Need. As part of the project, a group of young people with disabilities were recruited as Digital & Cultural producers and they received mentoring from a range of cultural professionals in different creative skills areas, such as digital media production, organising events, recruiting and working with artists, facilitating creative activities and much more. With this mentoring the Digital & Cultural Producers lit up the libraries with creative activities, events and exhibits, including programming artists for MakeFest 2017, producing a photography exhibit and organising a music-making event for other children and young people. Check out this video produced by the young folk at MakeFest 2017…
Over the Summer, the wehearttech C.I.C. team also worked with libraries to up-skill their staff and support them to develop their digital offers for children and young people. As part of this CPD programme, workshops on topics such as designing digital offers, using social media, getting to grips with WordPress, core animation skills and much more have been delivered. The programme was commissioned by Curious Minds and the learning from the programme was put into a starter toolkit for libraries wanting to run their own digital activities. The toolkit outlined a series of sessions that libraries could run independently to support children and young people to engage creatively with digital technologies.
And we’ve also continued to work with the fabulous Get It Loud In Libraries… for whom National Portfolio status beckons in 2018. Working with GILIL team we have produced a toolkit that will support their network of libraries to put on live music events in their spaces. The toolkit acts as a ‘how-to’ guide for libraries working with GILIL and walks them through:
The toolkit contains a mixture of resources including tutorial videos, handouts, templates and much more. Watch this space as it is launched early in 2018! For now, check out a video from the toolkit that was beautifully crafted by our mates at Tomfoolery Pictures.
We’ve been up to so much more than what we can fit into this post, and we’ve absolutely loved working with all of you and look forward to more of the same in 2018. So all that’s left to say is, here’s to 2017 and a Happy New Year to you all. See you in 2018!