Project information

Online Safety for People with Learning Disability

Most people with LD have now access to a computer, tablet and/or smartphone that they use daily to interact with others. They are more likely to become victims of scams, cyberbullying, grooming, discrimination, exploitation, mate crime and trolling. So we work on online safety for people with LD

12 months

Charity information: CHANGE (an Organisation For People With Both A Learning Disability And A Sensory Impairment)

CHANGE (an Organisation For People With Both A Learning Disability And A Sensory Impairment) logo
  • Need

    Need

    We have run a series of focus groups together with Care management Group earlier this year about online safety for people with LD. we have gathered a wealth of information and feedback on the challenges people with LD come against online and on how these can be overcome, including safety concerns.

    Solution

    We are now looking for funding in order to continue our work on online safety for people with LD. We would be looking at:
    - creating a more comprehensive resource covering different types of safety risks online and what to do to avoid/ protect yourself from them.
    - creating an animation which incorporates the above
    - Running a series of workshops in Yorkshire for people with LD to discuss online safety and equip them with the tools and knowledge of fighting online abuse of all kinds.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Work on online safety for people with learning disabilities.

    Activities

    » - creating a more comprehensive resource covering different types of safety risks online and what to do to avoid/ protect yourself from them;
    » - creating an animation which incorporates the above.
    » - Running a series of workshops in Yorkshire for people with LD to discuss online safety and equip them with the tools and knowledge.

    The accessible guide we have produced as part of the project, from the information and feedback we gathered and encouraged people with LD to share their experiences.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Raising an awareness about online safety for the people with LD would help to reduce the amounts of online victims in long term due to their disability. And encouraging people with learning disabilities to come forward and share their experiences, would creating such environments where people feel safe to talk, raise their concerns, discuss their experiences, and find others with similar experiences facilitates understanding and learning.

    Risk

    The project implies a rather low degree of risk. The biggest issue is raising the funds necessary, as we are confident we can deliver the rest of the work without encountering major issues. We have a large team, which enables us to pass on tasks to other members of staff should someone become absent for a longer period of time.

    Reporting

    We will put together an activity report half way through the project, and a second one at the end of the project. Also at the end of the project we will produce a financial report. All these will be available on our website and on request via email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,560

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,520 creating the guide design, illustration and quality checking work in order to produce an easy read online safety guide
      £8,400 creating a 12 minute video animation and design work - create a 12 minute video on online safety for people with learning disab
      £8,640 organising 4 workshops running 4 workshops on online safety for people with learning disabilities
  • Background

    Location

    We plan on initially running the workshops in Leeds, Hull, Sheffield and Bradford. The video and the easy read documents will be available nationwide.

    Beneficiaries

    People with learning disabilities, those who struggle with literacy and those who don't speak English as their first language are the main targeted audience for this project. Although the workshops specifically target these groups of people, the resources produced (guide and video) will be available online to anyone, and will be useful to teachers, parents, social care professionals and to almost anyone who would like more information of staying safe online.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have already worked on a project with Care Management Group focusing on online safety for people with learning disabilities. The outcome of this was creating an initial, briefer and more general resource from the information collected in several focus groups. We collected a wealth of information and feedback from this project and have discovered that there is a need for a more comprehensive guide than the one we have produced, and also for more workshops for people with learning disabilities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Ilinca - Operations Manager At CHANGE

    She will manage the project, marketing, outreach, admin and finances for the project

    Emma - Illustrator At CHANGE

    She will work on creating the easy read guide. She has valuable experience producing easy read for both private and public sector.

    Jez - Multimedia Designer At CHANGE

    Jez will create the accessible animation on online safety for people with learning disabilities

    Shaun - Project Worker At CHANGE

    Shaun has a learning disability. Together with Jez and Ilinca, he will run the workshops that are part of the project.