The project Creative Digital Inclusion supports marginalised people from our community. It incorporates developing IT skills in a creative way. The project gives people the confidence to rebuild their lives and fulfill their potential by offering support at the earliest possible stage of poor mental health. Our three main aims are: 1. To improve mental health: by engaging in creative workshops built to incorporate learning IT skills 2. To facilitate participants working together to increase engagement with art, social interaction, and contribution to the group/ society. Participants will collaborate to explore and develop a range of art techniques, focusing on the process not the product. This will help support individuals in developing self-esteem and confidence as well as skills deemed valuable in employment such a teamwork, communication skills, and organisation. 3. To join a peer support network for artistic support and emotional support beyond the life of the project.
The informal structure of the project helps participants build valuable skills in a non-conventional way.
The project has been designed following focus groups with beneficiaries, we have found a gap in technology skill with this group of isolated people and confidence as being among the key barriers for individuals who have mental illness to integrate with society.
The funding will provide the necessary equipment including laptops and art materials needed to deliver the project. We will target between 30-40 individuals building skills over a period of six months, and train volunteers to support the delivery of future projects.