Happy Birthday to Us – 5 years of tech for social good!

October 31, 2018 | Digital Inclusion, Facilitation Techniques, Latest News, Libraries, Projects, Social Media, Young People | 0 comments | Author:

In case you didn’t know, we’ve reached the grand old age of 5 years old this month. Let’s take a look back to some of our highlights from each year!

2013 – Where it all began

One of our first projects was producing the Radical City, Radical Women short documentary series. Our Founding Director – Hayley Trowbridge – worked with Professor Karen Ross to gather interviews with women who had shaped contemporary Liverpool, editing these as short videos that were used a training resources and at various events to promote equality and equity for women.

2014 – Getting into the swing of things

This year saw us establish links with Get It Loud In Libraries, one of our long-time collaborators. In this year we established with them their young producers programme. As part of this programme, we began working with young people at their gigs to film and photograph the artists and their performances, supporting young people to develop digital media skills and have industry experience. Take a look at some of the video work we’ve done as part of this here. Since then we’ve work with the Get It Loud In Libraries teams on different strands of their work, including creating a toolkit for their library network and revamping their website.


2015 – We’re in our stride!

This year saw us launch our Tea and Tech programme across the Wigan Borough. Tea & Tech is a digital inclusion project with a little twist. As part of it we deliver tea parties that introduce people to digital technologies and the Internet, in a relaxed, social environment. Think the Mad Hatter’s tea party with some gadgets thrown in, and you’ll get the idea! From photography tea parties to technology and reminiscence activities, the project saw us connect with a wide range of groups across the Wigan Borough. This project spawned a whole range of spin-off activities and partnerships, and its legacy is something we are really proud of.

2016 – Working with excluded or marginalised groups

In 2016, we launched two programmes that sought to engage people with physical and/or learning disabilities in digital projects. First we launched the iWell project that saw us develop an education pack on social media and wellbeing for adults with learning disabilities. We piloted the workshops in this pack across the North West and shared the resource far and wide. Then later in the year we launched ‘Culture Matters’ which sought to bring young people with disabilities into the creative industries by giving them opportunities to engage in making and creative leadership activities. Take a look at the video one of the young people made as part of the project…

2017 – Supporting libraries to develop their digital capacity

After a previous successful collaboration with Curious Minds, we again teamed up with the organisation to work with libraries across the North West to enhance their digital skills. A bespoke CPD programme was produced and as part of it libraries in Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester got involved to learn skills in coding, animation, storytelling, social media, app development and much more. As part of the programme we produced a toolkit for running basic digital creative workshops for children, young people and families.

2018 – The maker movement 

This year has seen us venture more closely into the maker movement, teaming up with libraries across the North West to deliver our Smart Materials workshops and to work closing with Liverpool Libraries and Liverpool MakeFest to bring inclusive maker activities to their settings. Have a gander at a video we made at this year’s MakeFest…



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