Project information

Let Us Connect Project UK Phase 2

Many of our beneficiaries live alone and are further isolated by poverty, mobility problems, poor health conditions, grief, abandonment by family, digital divide or by their remote rural locations which have led to loneliness and social exclusion. Others were excluded or dropped out of education.

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 rural young, old and elderly people in UK 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

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

    Success will be trained and confident project beneficiaries that are able to help themselves and to reach out to old and new friends.


    Aim 2

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

    Activities

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

    Success will be a broadened and deepened range of satisfying and engaging relationships for previously isolated and lonely beneficiaries


    Aim 3

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

    Activities

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

    Success will be a widened and deepened ways and approaches to communication by beneficiaries with families, friends and relatives.


    Aim 4

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

    Activities

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

    Success will be engaged and active beneficiaries in Mend the Gap and local volunteering opportunities where beneficiaries feel useful, give back to and engage with the community


  • Impact

    Impact

    1. Improved quality of life through variety of training, other activities and self-help.
    2. Enhanced range and depth of relationships of our clients with other people with shared interests and similar social circumstances.
    3. Enhanced and new ways to communication for clients with their families, relatives and friends and sustained new hobbies and interests.
    4. Increased volunteering and local community engagement opportunities for beneficiaries.
    5. Improved client ICT knowledge and skills

    Risk

    Insufficient funding is a a major risk. Should this occur, we shall only reach out to an appropriate number of beneficiaries in limited locations.

    Reporting

    Reporting will be done monthly for those providing more than £100K, quarterly for any donors providing more than £50K, Half Yearly for those proving more than £25K and yearly for all other donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £216,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £128,000 Salaries & Benefits Salaries, Pension, PAYE
      £20,800 Computers & ICT Computer Hardware, Software, Accessories, IT
      £42,000 Rent and Room Hire Office Rent and Training Room Hire
      £26,000 Utilities, Admin and Travel Utilities, Staff, Volunteer, and Student Travel; Admin

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Nominet Trust £6,000 Guaranteed
    Reuben Foundation £500 Guaranteed
    BT £360 Guaranteed
    Individual Donations £12,560 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Avon and Somerset is where we are currently operational. We shall operate in local branches across England and Wales if funding as well as trained and competent volunteer tutors and staff are available.

    Beneficiaries

    At least 9,500 vulnerable and isolated elderly people, excluded people with mild to moderate learning and physical disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, and young people each year

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

    James Nzala

    Project Officer, has BSc IT degree and is qualified in advanced web design software and hardware trouble shooting and repair, IT-user training

    Louise Dumbell

    Project Coordinator, has a BSc degree in Physics and is a qualified IT Tutor and Trainer for people with special learning needs