Working in partnership with Sandwell Community Information and Participation Service (SCIPS) £10,000 was made available for Sandwell’s third sector to create their own digital community projects.
Alongside this we are offering in depth mentoring to develop digital social action projects and also learning about civic tech, smart cities and social innovation. We hope this will install a new way of thinking in the area and imbed processes that these organisations can implement in Sandwell through the sharing of knowledge and success.
On this cohort we have funded:
Future VI Festival - a series of events looking at how technology can involve to better support visually impaired people in Sandwell including the creation of a people’s charter that Sandwell Council and stakeholders can use to include visually impaired peoples views in regards to digitalisation plans. Facilitated by Sandwell VI.
#iCanSandwell - a young person’s positive role model that uses social media and physical interaction to promote young people in Sandwell. Facilitated by Creative Academies.
Managing Data Toolkit - an online toolkit and series of workshops to support Sandwell’s voluntary organisations to understand their legal obligations around collecting data, the practical barriers to collecting data and some of the benefits to growing their group. The toolkit will set out best practice, in relation to managing data, as well as developing a structured process to develop a fit for purpose data management strategy. Facilitated by Inside Outcomes CIC.
Interactive Sandwell Community - a community hub that is collecting a digital narrative of what it means to live in Sandwell in 2018, this will be documented by blogs and videos. Facilitated by CBO.
Sandwell Community Hub - a digital mapping project in Wednesbury with 45 citizens highlighting digital issues and offering solutions to close the digital divide for local people by local people. This will be evidenced by a series of written blogs and micro documentaries. Facilitated by Friar Park Millennium Centre.
These successful applications were commissioned via a scoring system chosen by impartial members of iSandwell Commissioning Group and not by Sandwell Council, SCIPS or New Union..