Awaz - The Voice of the Community
Charity registered in Scotland SC045589
Awaz the voice of the community was established in 2015 to promote social inclusion with 2 main aims 1 To advance protection on improvement through the preservation and conversation of the natural environment, through the provision of environmental projects. 2 To advance education and to promote and provide training opportunities. Awaz – Voice of the Community was set up as a direct result to meet community needs for projects which build capacity and enable community to act and engage at a strategic level. We have been successful with the following funded awards: - 3 projects funded by Climate Challenge Funds (CCF) from Scottish Government, - “Jumpstart” programme funded from the Big Lottery - “Our journey” funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. Currently we are delivering springboard project funded by Glasgow City Council the aim of the project is to tackle poverty and inequality by providing welfare rights and money advice.
The project will engage with BME communities by providing one to one counselling support, group activities and training. The proposed project will focus on 50 BME clients who lack experience from confidence and from media/IT isolation. To train clients using Smartphone/Tablet/PC to gain confidence in using online tools to: 1) Communicate with Family, Friends and Acquaintances. 2) Engage with younger generation, building family and child social media relationship. 3) Engage with agencies performing online transactions with confidence. 4) On-line banking. There is a need to deliver training for people in the BME Community, especially to 55+ years old who have become media/IT isolated. This gap is ever increasing as new Smartphone’s and Tablets become more advanced. Younger family members are becoming more distant and the social pressure to keep on top of communicating with loved ones. There is also a further need communicating with friends is becoming more challenging, some friends have adapted while others remain fearful of technology. Using Smartphone/Tablet/PC is also becoming more relevant with the advent of agencies wanting clients and users to submit payment, searching for insurance, communicating with schools via email, and various social apps etc. Our main delivery will therefore be focused on • Weekly drop-in surgeries to our IT suite that will support individuals on ad hoc requests such as completing applications, CV building, job search, welfare forms and becoming active on social media. We will use our computers, tablets and phones for these activities. We will finish the drop-in with a 15-30 min social activity. • One-to-one in-depth support for in need for further capacity building on how to use modern day technology. This will include setting up e-mails, creating social media pages, looking for specific information relating to interest and downloading apps that support health and well-being. • Quarterly Media and Digital skills workshops We will have tools in place such as the Essential Digital Skills Audit, Personal Development Plans, Journals to track changes and case studies to record the impact of our activities. This would be a 6 months project with emphasis on training delivered in the training area at Awaz FM Studios. The project will deliver 4 blocks of training each block lasting 8 weeks 1 session per week each session will have 6 clients, we will run 2 classes per week.
Employ sessional worker
identify clients for the training
The project engaged with BME communities by providing one to one counselling support, group activities and training. The project focused on ME clients who lacked experience from confidence and from media/IT isolation.
we trained clients using Smartphone/Tablet/PC to gain confidence in using online tools to:
1) Communicate with Family, Friends and Acquaintances.
2) Engage with younger generation, building family and child social media relationship.
3) Engage with agencies performing online transactions with confidence.
4) On-line banking.
we delivered a mix of training classes; we had weekly class for 6 clients. some clients found difficult to cope with the training they asked for extra support.
for those clients who needed extra support we provided one to one support sessions at which the tutor spend extra time with the client.