So last month we told you all about the iWell programme that we were launching… you know, the one all about promoting digital wellbeing? Well, this month we’ve been working our socks off in Wigan and Manchester delivering the first four pilots, so we thought we’d let you know how we got on…
Our first two projects started off in Wigan, with our mates at Wigan STEAM leading the delivery and once again we partnered with More Than Words – a theatre advocacy specifically for adults with additional needs – who provided the space and the people for the workshops. The works were run on the same days each week, with the same two groups of people attending them. This meant that we were able to see how the workshops ran all together as a complete programme. Lizzie who was facilitating the workshops has noted how engaged the group were in the activities. The time provided for reflecting on feelings and discussing some quite emotionally challenging issues was also a strength. Interspersing the tech activities into these discussion and thinking times helped to lighten the mood in the session and keep people motivated.
The second set of pilots were on the outskirts of Manchester, with Rachel from Little Vintage Photography and our own Director, Hayley, in the facilitation roles and new partners, Heather Day Care, hosting and providing the group. The programme ran for 3-days per week over 2 weeks, with different people attending each day, therefore rather than run the workshops as a full programme, they needed to be run with much more flexibility and to be self-contained learning opportunities in their own right. This meant a little bit of restructuring between Hayley and Rachel, and the insertion of a few more activities such as a Tablet Tech Skills activity that asked participants to complete a number of tasks to demonstrate the key skills needed to use tablets. This activity was used both as a new learning opportunity, initial skills diagnostic and as a recap. The facilitators also embedded much more media skills into the programme, with Rachel consolidating the exploring of social media profiles by a recording video profiles with the group, and adding a little bit more fun to the photography activities by incorporating a treasure hunt into them. The group even made this short video to show what they had learned about:
Our final set of pilot workshops will be run in Liverpool, with one programme running before Christmas and the final one in the New Year. When we’ve gauged some feedback from this and reflected on what we’ve learned from the pilots, we will finalise the training materials and resource pack, and then get them out to folk!