Mount Vernon Community Hall
Charity registered in Scotland SC022802
The local community is at the heart of everything we do. Mount Vernon Community Hall in the East end of Glasgow is owned by Glasgow City Council . However it is run solely by the community volunteers. Our aim is to provide a safe, clean affordable hub for local residents and those from surrounding areas to access a range of activities and services including those designed to encourage learning. Our target learners are specifically older people and those with disabilities we hope to improve their digital skills. Young people will also benefit through homework clubs, and we intend to promote intergenerational learning to link the two generations as and when appropriate to do so. In addition to this we will look into to establishing referrals from our local Jobcentre as we are aware that they have issues getting older people who have limited digital skills back into the work place.
- From 9th September 2018 to 9th September 2019
- Award: £10,000 via Call 6
Our intention is that our existing community volunteers will run this project. We intend to run basic fun tutorials that will encourage peer to peer and cross generational learning between local residents and also within families. Our target audience is primarily the over 65 age range integrated with support and involvement from our younger school age residents.
We want to support people who are both physically isolated but also feel isolated due to the barriers that a lack of IT knowledge can create between for example grandparents & grandchildren. The activities will include specific subject tutorials but also less formal drop in 'fix-it’ sessions.
The sessions will run one or two afternoons a week after school. In order that we retain a level of flexibility within the building we plan to use portable IT devices such as ipad's and/or tablets. We would also use gaming equipment to encourage cross generational interaction through games commonly played by younger generations. We also plan to invite people to bring in their console's and games to the hall so that we could hold a games evening where people can challenge each other in a fun tournament type of idea.
We would hope to encourage people to bring along their own devises with them so that they could continue learning at home and become familiar with their equipment. However, the equipment we require from this funding will allow people to allow those who cannot afford their own equipment, convince those who don’t currently own the equipment due to not feeling confident or not yet seeing the advantages of having one in their own home. To having a convenient option where there reliable an equipment at the hall ready and set up for them to start learning.
100 + participants in target group signed up we will use our current marketing strategy to engage with our customers . We will assess their needs and find out what they wish to get from the sessions.
1-2-1 sessions with learners determine support required & create withthem individual plans goals 2review regularly & pairup with others with similar needs& volunteers whocan offerfurther support as asmaller group workthrough proposed outcomes atownpace.
Delivery of IT based learning activities to target group through assistance from Glasgow Kelvin College, managing help people work towards and meet their individual goals building confidence and being able to socialise with others
Evaluate learning & social outcomes check how learners have progressed through their supported learning, look forward to how they can put their skills they have learned into helping others by volunteering to help mentor people through the process.
We have a mix of regular attendees and people who drop in as and when they require help. We have advertised our services locally and with our local Jobcentres to offer employability skills as well as benefit application help.
Our Youth Club also use the electronic facilities to do a variety of activities like film making and cover internet safety
This project allowed us provide IT essential skills, job searches, online help and used for our Youth services. It made our services that we offer at the hall more digital providing essential equipment.
We had a few initial issues with internet installation which delayed our start date however we are now up and running we have a few regular attendees and have new people come along each week.
Our participant numbers are gradually growing and we believe we will meet our target within the first few months of 2018 by linking up with partner organisations.
It has been a positive experience for both volunteers and participants who have came along to learn more about using electronic devices at the hall and their own. They are becoming more confident online and using it to connect with others.