Cyrenians Digital Lifeskills Cyrenians


Charity registered in Scotland SC011052

Established 50 years ago as a registered charity, Cyrenians work with people experiencing exclusion from family, home, work, community. Our Vision is an inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to live valued, fulfilled lives. Our work is underpinned by four core values:
Compassion: Everyone having the chance to change, no matter how long it takes.
Respect: Tolerance, acceptance, valuing diversity and treating all as equals.
Integrity: Committing to highest quality work, grounded in honesty, sincerity and professionalism.
Innovation: Taking risks, challenging convention with creativity in seeking new ways of working.
With 36 services in Edinburgh/Lothians, Falkirk/Stirling, Borders and and one national service - our work is built on the formation of trusted relationships based on our values and informed by the lived experience of those we work with. During 2017-18 we supported 5,954 people in their time of need and an additional 6,759 people accessed events, training and resources.

  • From 30th September 2019 to 31st August 2020
  • Award: £9,944 via Call 7

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Project plan

Project description

The project will be embedded within Cyrenians' current Learning and Work service - working with people who are far from work and/or socially isolated, through unemployment, relationship breakdown, debt, addiction, trauma, mental ill-health:
A relational, psychologically informed approach, where barriers are acknowledged and addressed, informs our teaching/learning methodology. Sessions will be one to one, focused on identified needs and working at the pace of the individual. The initial session (perhaps more than one) will concentrate on:

  1. Discussing why the person needs to gain digital skills,
  2. Finding out what skills the person already has and what they need to gain,
  3. Creating a bespoke individual plan to meet the needs of the individual.
    From this initial session the tutor will assess participants and develop a tailored learning programme which will be drawn from:
    • Keyboard/mouse skills/navigating equipment (primarily laptops/tablets but also smart phones)
    • Creating an online persona
    • Basic online browsing and searching
    • Using email
    • Completing forms
    • Uploading documents
    • Finances online
    • Shopping online
    • Using applications to communicate with friends and family (e.g. Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, etc)
    • Online diaries
    • Staying safe online
    • Job search skills
    • Job CVs and Applications
    • Help with DWP online activity
    • Use of community resources; e.g. libraries and using wifi remotely (including hotspots, Cafes, etc)
    The use of small group learning will be sensitively explored as it may be an appropriate next step for some people.

Project milestones

Phase 1

Tutor appointed

Phase 2

Staff training materials completed

Phase 3

Staff trained

Phase 4

Review of first cohort of trainees

Our digital work is delivered in partnership with: