Project information

Let Us Connect Project Hackney Phase 1

Through non-formalised, practical, individualised and personal goal-centred activities, Mend the Gap continue to train people with mild to moderate learning and physical disabilities, asylum seekers and refugees and vulnerable and isolated rural young, old and elderly people in England.

October 2011 - December 2014

Charity information: Mend the Gap

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  • Need

    Need

    We help clients to improve the quality of their lives through the use of computers and the internet and link them to contemporaries. 8.7 million People in July 2011 were digitally excluded in the UK and were not connected to the internet. Our beneficiaries have no basic IT skills. Many live alone and are further isolated by poverty, mobility problems, poor health conditions, grief, and abandonment by family or by their remote rural locations which have led to loneliness and social exclusion.

    Solution

    Through non-formalised, practical, individualised and personal goal-centred activities, we will train beneficiaries with mild to moderate learning and physical disabilities, asylum seekers and refugees and vulnerable and isolated young, old and elderly people in Hackney in the use of the Internet and IT to empower themselves, overcome isolation, create new relationships with friends and family, improve job prospects and find help through being signposted to other relevant service providers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help improve their quality of life through a variety of training and other activities and self-help

    Activities

    » a. Undertake learner-centred and determined training goals, needs and abilities in the use of computers and IT.
    » b. Train the clients on how to reach out to and engage with old and new friends
    » c. Train clients on how to search and seek for help online
    » d. Signpost clients to other relevant training and service providers

    Success will be...Improved quality of life through a variety of training, other activities and self-help and Increased range of choices of service providers and entitlement access.


    Aim 2

    Enhance the range of relationships of our clients and to possibly build new relationships.

    Activities

    » a. Help clients to network with old and new friends and acquaintances.
    » b. Help clients meet with actual and potential friends
    » c. Signpost clients to similar and relevant networks

    Success will be...Enhanced range and depth of relationships of our clients with other people with shared interests in strengthened, vibrant and cohesive communities.


    Aim 3

    Provide clients with new ways to communicate with their families, relatives and friends

    Activities

    » a. Train clients in the use of email, mobile phones, Skype, Facebook and Linked-in
    » b. Train client on how to search for, connect and link with old and new friends and acquaintances.

    Success will be...Enhanced and new ways to communication for clients with their families, relatives and friends and sustained new hobbies and interests.


    Aim 4

    Provide opportunities for clients to be involved with Mend the Gap's volunteering projects

    Activities

    » a. Identify and design volunteering opportunities within Mend the Gap
    » b. Place or trial-out client volunteer placements within appropriate opportunities at Mend the Gap
    » c. Help train and support volunteer placements in their new roles.

    Success will be...Increased volunteering and local community engagement opportunities for beneficiaries with improved knowledge and skills to use computers, IT and the Internet.


  • Impact

    Impact

    A society in which vulnerable young, older and elderly people as well as those with mild to moderate physical and learning disabilities have improved quality of life, and are valued and supported to play a full, dignified and active role in society. Success will be demonstrated by stronger and more cohesive communities and improved quality of life of the beneficiaries evidenced through interviews, surveys, organisational and government reports and statistics.

    Risk

    The major risk is availability of insufficient funding. To overcome this, the design of the programme is flexible to allow training of beneficiaries at hired local venues based on availability of funds and for this to continue using local trained volunteers as additional funding is sought or for as long as possible.

    Reporting

    We shall have Monthly reporting for donors of more than £200K, Quarterly reporting for donors of more than £100K, Half Yearly for donors of £25K, Yearly for donors of funding less than £25K.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £280,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £168,000 Salaries & Benefits Salaries, Pension, PAYE
      £20,800 Computers & ICT Computer Hardware, Software, Accessories, IT
      £58,000 Rent & Room Hire Rent and Training Roomm Hire
      £34,000 Utilities, Admin and Travel Utilities, Admin, and Travel

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Nominet Trust £6,000 Guaranteed
    BT £360 Guaranteed
    Reuben Foundation £500 Guaranteed
    Individual Donations £12,500 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The project will be implemented in Hackney, with an operational local office in Mare Street shared with Dean's London

    Beneficiaries

    1,800 vulnerable young, older and elderly people including refugees and asylum seekers and people with mild to moderate physical and learning disabilities resident in Hackney across the three years of the project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MtG is a new and innovative charity that serves vulnerable and excluded people living at the margins of society. Over the past two years, we have consulted, worked with, trained and sign-posted vulnerable and isolated elderly people, people with mild to moderate learning and physical disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, young people and with local service providers using hired local facilities to build stronger communities by overcoming isolation, loneliness, and fragmentation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Naftali Onchere

    Naftali is Project Manager. He has a BSc Honours degree. He has extensive experience with training, youth, intergenerational and inter-cultural work

    James Nzala

    James is Project Officer. He has a BSc IT degree and is qualified in advanced web design software and hardware, ad IT-user training.

    Martin Sholagbade

    Martin is Training Coordinator and a qualified tutor. He has a PGCE and HND. He has extensive training and teaching experience in Hackney and Londo

    Diana Humphrey

    Diana is Project Coordinator and has extensive training and project management experience in Hackney. She has a BSc degree.