Project information

Getting on line

To have more people using technology by getting on line. With Universal credit and welfare reform in mind people will need access to data on line more and more. We will train people basic skills, create an email account, search and complete forms online allow free access to PCs and support.

June 2013 - May 2015

Charity information: 7 Waves Community Radio

7 Waves Community Radio logo
  • Need


    People who do not own or have access to computers are excluded from online information, job search, benefit applications, housing forms and more. Welfare reform and Universal credit are recent changes that are imposed by the government and people cannot access information at there fingertips without going online or to a centre that holds the information. Some people are scared about data sharing and this course will help them understand about data protection and computers.


    By giving people access to a computer, training in basic skills, creating email addresses, showing them how to search, retrieve and fill in forms on line. How to save and create documents such as cvs. How to access information about Universal credit, welfare reform, job search, property search and more.
    This project will remain open for people to use computers and gain confidence as they go along in a non classroom environment. There will be continuous support on hand from staff and volunteers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To have as many people as possible using technology and accessing information on line


    » Bacic computer skills, what is a mouse, keyboard, USB and what a computer can do for you by accessing one and using the internet
    » Creating an email account for themselves, creating and saving documents. How to use the internet, search and retrieve forms on line.
    » Completing forms online, applying for benifits, properties and jobs on line. Understanding Welfare reform and universal credit
    » Having open sessions allowing people to access computers to use for their personal use and practice, having support on hand if they need it.

    What success will look like

    Success will be having at least 30 people a week using the IT suite and enjoying what they are doing. Making use of the Internet and gaining skills..

    Aim 2

    Encourage networking, people with different skill levels helping others. Creating new friendships.


    » Encouraging families to share skills and help each other understand the world of social media especially through young people having parents involved
    » Creating awareness of social media such as facebook, twitter, linked in and how to make the most of these sites
    » How to make the most of other forms of communication such as I pads, mobile phones, tablets etc Learning the abbreviations and language

    What success will look like

    Success will be interacting with each other, emailing and giving hints and tips to each other, sharing information, creating cohesion between people

  • Impact


    People will IT skills and hopefully purchase their own computers giving a boost to the local economy. People will be working together within families giving young and old a chance to communicate with each other via social media. We have found the the older generation do not understand facebook and why the youth are so "in to it" People will be using social media to contact families/friends in other parts of the world. People will be accessing the Internet.


    There is a risk that the computers could be damaged, Internet could not be accessible, or we have no participants.
    We have a ful time techy at the media centre who monitors the activities on all computers and also limits the sites so no harm or upset can come to the users by seeing any explicit material.
    If the Internet was to go down we have a back up server.
    If we run out of participants coming to the centre we have a plan were we will deliver training to groups outside the media centre.


    Donors will be able to access up to date information on the storyboard that will be on our website.
    We will send them quarterly reports showing numbers attended etc. We will collate information and feedback sheets from participants asking how they have benefited from the training.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 pen drives x 500 instead of paper
      £5,200 maintenance & support 104 weeks @ £50 pr week
      £2,080 admin 104 weeks@ £20 pr week
      £5,200 power towards electric
      £5,020 Room heating, cleaning
  • Background


    7 Waves is based in the heart of a residential estate. The Only FM station on Wirral and we have many visitors. The location is easy to reach with good bus, train, ferry and motorway links.
    The centre is fully accessible to all and toilets are DDA compliant.
    We are well established in the local community and people come here from all over the country and say how great the building and people are. We are very proud to have our own media centre to share.


    7 Waves works with schools and many other groups this project will be encouraging children to come in with their families and learn together. We have very close links with 2 of the biggest social landlords on Wirral and will be working with their residents.
    Some organisations have been identified as having people with no IT skills and we aim to target all local businesses, their employees to participate in the training. This will be open to all who want to learn.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We believe we make a difference to people. The building is great but it is only bricks and mortar, what makes it great is that the people here want, and do make a difference. They share their experiences and skills, make people welcome.
    We have all the facilities to carry out this project with a fully equipped IT suite and all the support that is required.
    7 Waves is the only place that has a radio to promote what they are doing and give people a voice.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Station Manger - Pauline oversees the running of the building including the day to day items as well as corporate business and finances.


    Nick has the role of many, dealing with all on air issues, looking after all the Internet, maintaining all the broadcasting equipment and sound.


    Runs the very busy reception desk, meeting and greeting, answering phones, collecting and passes messages on and occasionally makes a brew!

    The Volunteers

    Volunteers have specific roles, most of them are presenters on air, some do back room programming, some help with the website but they all enjoy it