- Findon Village Community IT Project
Through free IT workshops, hosted by the charity St John the Baptist CofE Primary School PTA, village school children led by a project manager will work to encourage the lonely, isolated and vulnerable elderly residents to learn valuable IT skills allowing them to discover the wealth of resources available online and ensure they have the best knowledge on internet security, data protection and staying safe online. This is vitally important following numerous fraudulent online scams that many elderly people within the community have been subjected to over recent years – subsequently helping to empower and increase confidence.
With the purchase of an IT Suite, a project manager will ensure basic computer knowledge is offered, along with step-by-step guides to learn and take home, how to stay safe online, what the internet can offer them and even a chance to 'try out a computer' to see if it would be right for them at home. All workshops will be on a drop-in basis or by scheduled sessions and will be tailored to the needs of the participants.
With the current national curriculum ensuring E Safety is a top priority, Key Stage 2 children will be assisting those elderly workshop participants by sharing knowledge and helping them learn.
- The difference this will make to the community
This project is vitally important within the local community following numerous fraudulent online scams that many elderly people within the community have been subjected to over recent years.
As mentioned above, with the current national curriculum ensuring E Safety is a top priority, Key Stage 2 children will be assisting those elderly workshop participants by sharing knowledge and helping them learn. This will also allow and encourage children to benefit from the interaction with the elderly who in turn will enjoy the socialization with the local community and village school they may otherwise not engage with - building strong relationships across the age ranges.
As a rural area, the charity actively encourages a hugely positive community environment and aims to do this through a close relationship with all age groups. Through the Community IT Project this will also extend to the potential for communicating across the world with access to not only worldwide resources but also a wealth of communication platforms - inclusive of Skype - for family and friends abroad.
The community also hugely supports the local history and its traditions and with this new IT Suite being based within the local village school's 160 year old building, this improved space will allow many of the potential participants to take great pleasure in reminiscing over their school days whilst learning once again.
- How people and the local community will be involved
Not only will key stage 2 children from the village school be heavily involved along with a locally sourced project manager (also heavily involved in local volunteer work and charity organisations) but also elderly residents who will be benefiting from the project. We will work in conjunction with local organisations, groups and charities (e.g. The WI, The Gardeners Association, The Village Hall) to work together to invite and encourage attendees who will benefit from the project
- Our Organisation
As a children’s educational and community based charity, St John the Baptist CofE Primary School PTA serves to encourage closer links between the local community and the local rural village school providing an opportunity for residents, parents, staff and pupils to get together along with the wider community.
This extremely hard working charity is run solely by volunteers who’s main aims are always to improve the lives of those around us that would otherwise not get the funding for many extra enriching vital projects.
- The length of the Community IT project and how much funding request
The proposed budget will support the project for the initial five years with any further equipment updates reviewed after this period. We are looking at a fund request of £35,000.
- How the Community IT Project works with other activities
The Community IT Project will work in conjunction with other activities currently taking place within both the village school, village charities and parish council to encourage and empower the lonely, isolated and vulnerable elderly residents to enjoy the socialization with the local community and village school they may otherwise not engage with. This project will be the first of its kind locally to teach, support and offer guidance with basic computer literacy.