Building Employment Pathways. Creating Digital Highways in Rural Byways in D&G Loreburn Housing Association Ltd

Loreburn Housing Association Ltd

Charity registered in Scotland SC029917

Loreburn aims to help communities, and the people who live in them, across Dumfries & Galloway to achieve the best quality of life by provision of quality affordable housing and associated opportunities available. We create great places to live through working together to deliver great homes, great services, great people and great results. Our orgaisational charitable purpose and objective is the relief of those in need by way of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage through the provision, construction, improvement and management of land and accommodation and the provision of care. We have over 2600 properties to meet the needs of everyone from single adults through to large families. We have a range of sheltered and supported accommodation for young people, elderly and adults with additional needs and are developing a range of amenity and extra care provision for those with specific needs such as dementia.

  • From 30th October 2017 to 27th July 2018
  • Award: £5,379.88 via Call 5
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Project plan

Project description

This project will provide 12 laptops for use by the public in community venues in 4 remote outlying communities where there is not currently combination of equipment and access readily available at present. Additionally, 6 supported training and information sessions will take place at each venue around themes of:

  • Making Your Universal Credit Claim Online
  • Managing and Maintaining Your Universal Credit Journal & Claim Online
  • Effective Online Job Search
  • CV's - What They Are, Why You Need One and What Makes a Good CV
  • Creating and Updating Your CV
  • Saving Money Online

These sessions will be targeted at existing benefit claimants in outlying rural villages (both Loreburn customers and wider general public resident in those communities). Priority will be given to those individuals on benefits involving actively seeking employment such as those on qualifying benefits scheduled to transfer / in process of transferring over to / recently transferred to Universal Credit.

The laptops will be left for use for a block of time at each venue - one per district in rural villages of Wigtownshire, Stewartry, Nithsdale and Annandale and Eskdale.

Project milestones

Phase 1

Promotional Materials Produced & Distributed for first block of six sessions, information session held in first village and participants recruited

Phase 2

First block of six sessions delivered and immediate post course feedback received

Phase 3

Course Two commences to tie in with launch of Universal Credit Roll Out in Dumfries & Galloway - content having been adjusted based on participant, staff and delivery feedback from course one

Phase 4

All four blocks of six sessions completed and initial feedback from all four received



Curious About Computers sessions commenced in the small village of Ae in Dumfries & Galloway on 11th May, for a total of 6 weeks.

Curious About Computers commenced in the Burgh of Langholm in Dumfries & Galloway on 1st May, for a total of 5 weeks.

We publicised the project via a variety of routes.
Ae and Langholm – door to door leafleting of properties of Loreburn ( Registered Social Landlord) along with private home owners in Ae.
Recruitment of Registered Social Landlord tenants via Housing and Community Engagement Officers responsible for each of the two geographic areas
Publicising through local partner organisations who promoted by displaying posters via own premises, community shop, library, town hall, schools, bus shelter etc etc.
Publicising via Loreburn social media
Publicising via partners social media – Castle Douglas IT Centre Facebook page etc.

Curious About Computers sessions commenced in the small town of New Galloway in the Glenkens area of the Stewartry in Dumfries & Galloway on 9th February 2018. There have been a total of three sessions held in New Galloway to date (9th, 16th and 23rd February)

Curious About Computers commenced in the small village of Glentrool in the Galloway Forest Park area of Wigtownshire area of Dumfries & Galloway on 13th February 2018. There have been a total of three sessions held in Glentrool to date (13th February, 20th February and 6th March).

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