dates-n-mates website development
'dates-n-mates' is a dating and friendship agency run by and for people with a learning disability, which operates as a project of C-Change for inclusion. We want to develop an accessible website that helps people with a disability to make and sustain friendships and close personal relationships.
February 2011 - September 2011
C-Change for Inclusion
Many people with a learning disability find it difficult to make and sustain friendships and close personal relationships. Traditional dating and friendship agencies have not served people with additional support needs very well. Access to the internet and use of the web is also more difficult for people who themselves do not have well developed literacy skills.
We will provide support to people with a learning disability wanting to make friends and develop relationships through matching and linking up dates-n-mates members and organising a range of social events and activities
We will develop an accessible website that people can use to find out about what is on offer and to find out who they might like to meet.
We will develop the confidence of people in using the web by helping them to access and use our new site
To develop and maintain an accessible website for 'dates-n-mates'
Activities» We will work with Glasgow charity, Common Knowledge (www.ckuk.org.uk) to identify the information our new website it will contain
» We will commission Common Knowledge to set up the new site for us in an accessible format, including audio and graphic cues for people using it
» We will launch the first phase of our new site at our Valentine's event with a presentation from Common Knowledge and opportunities to use it
» We will refine the site further after our launch to include additional functions, like a would like to meet section and online shop,
Success will be having a website that is reported as being accessed by more than 75% of our members (currently 170+ people) during the course of the first 6 months it is available
To develop confidence in dates-n-mates members in using the web
Activities» Provide coaching and learning opportunities to members in practicising using the web
» Run a series of 6 short workshops for people with a learning disability to try out, using the dates-n-mates site as a learning tool
Success will be members who have accessed training reporting increased confidence in using the web through a survey at the end of the coaching input
The project will increase the confidence of people with a learning disability involved with dates-n-mates in using the web and enhance the opportunities to make contact with others to make friendships and relationships
We will demonstate the success of the project by tracking the use of the site by members on three occasoions over 12 months and by the increase in the number of recorded friendships and relationships between members during this period.
There could be potential risks to people with a learning disability who use the site being targetted for abuse. We have put a number of safety processes in place for all members to ensure this is not the case e.g. initial contact between members will only be organised through our office and not directly through the site.
Donors to this will receive a monthly electronic report on progress of activities to achieving our aims
Budget - Project Cost: £13,500Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £12,000 Site development Setting up a new accessible site by Common Knowledge £1,500 Training and coaching Holding an event to launch the site and six training and coacaching sessiions
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Big Lottery Fund £5,000 Guaranteed
dates-n-mates operates as a project of C-Change for Inclusion in the Govan area of Glasgow - an area with a rich industrial heritage but high levels of social exclusion.
Anyone with a learning disability in Glasgow and the surrounding area through greater access to information and opportunities to meet others.
Other organisations and individuals who can use the new site as an exemplar for making information accessible.
dates-n-mates was developed in C-Change for Inclusion on behalf of the Altrum federation of organisations (www.altrum.org) using the knowledge and experience from pioneering Londan agency, stars in the Sky. We are the first dating and friendship agency run by and for people with a learning disability in Scotland.
Common Knowledge, who are developing the site for us, are a charity that has championed inclusion and accessible information in Scotland, including digital inclusion.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Part -time Development Manager for dates-n-mates. Has worked as a manager and practitioner in the voluntary sector in Scotland for more than 25 years.
Developing the site for dates-n-mates and will support the ongoing training and coaching. Marilyn was a Digital Heroes award winner in 2010
Hannah works as Project Worker with dates-n-mates and will co-ordinate the development of the site and training and coaching for members