North of Scotland Digital Progression Project

What can the project offer me or someone I am working with?

The Digital Progression Project enables adults over 16, resident in Highland, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, and Angus who identify as disabled, experiencing exclusion or a carer, to learn.  We can support learners one to one, often in their own homes.  We also offer support to small groups at local accessible community venues.  Our services are person centred and confidential.

We can also work with practitioners from organisations supporting or providing services to disabled people and carers to deliver Thinking Digitally training at SCQF level 6.

We tailor support to individuals and groups as per their self-defined needs and take participants on a progressive journey through:

1) Enabling activities –development and confidence building in core, reflective and community activist disciplines.

2) Growth activities – focused development in digital accredited learning at SCQF levels 2 to 4, including the Adult Achievement Award and informal, learner-led digital skills.

3) Activities for future engagement – learning at SCQF levels 4 to 7 in our own courses, Thinking Digitally and the Community Action Leadership Award.

Participants can join the project at any one of these levels.

Our work is focused on supporting people to improve the skills they need to reduce exclusion so that they will be able to actively contribute to their own communities and improve their own lives by:

  • Building up confidence
  • Developing core skills and enhance digital skills
  • Exploring Community Action Leadership
  • Studying for the Adult Achievement Award
  • Learnng about Thinking Digitally
  • Undertaking accredited courses

We can also support our learners to achieve a range of qualifications including but not limited to:

Adult Achievement Awards –  SCQF levels 3, 4 and 6, where learners and volunteers can gain accreditation for learning undertaken in the community, work, home, college and in volunteering programmes.

Getting Digital – support for people to develop the five basic digital skills, such as getting online, safety, digital agility, inclusion and enhanced connectedness.

Community Action and Leadership Award – SCQF levels 3 and 5. A group-based personal development, confidence building and active citizenship course exclusive to Lead Scotland.

Thinking Digitally – SCQF level 6.  A course designed to improve digital skills for practitioners to ensure that they are fully effective in supporting disabled people to access their services online.

How do I refer myself, a family member, my team at work or someone I am working with?

We have five Learning Coordinators, covering different areas, they are available to take referrals by email or telephone, please get in touch with  Brigitte, Jan, Paul or Fiona to find out more.

Fiona Fraser – Covering Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Angus

Email ffraser@lead.org.uk Telephone: 07741742560 Working week – Tue/Wed

Jan Harrison – Covering Moray

Email jharrison@lead.org.uk Telephone: 07741899506 Working week – Mon to Thurs

Brigitte Vallance – Covering The Highlands

Email bvallance@lead.org.uk Telephone: 07741742418 Working Week – Mon/Tue/half day Wed

Paul Jarvis – Covering The Highlands

Email pjarvis@lead.org.uk Telephone: Working week – Thur/Fri

How can I volunteer to support this project?

We are always looking for more volunteers to support our projects. We have a range of roles that can suit your available time and experience. We can provide training, out of pocket expenses and opportunities to our volunteers which are as fulfilling as they are rewarding. Please email Gail at gphillips@lead.org.uk  for an informal chat and a starter pack. For more information please see our volunteering page.

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