What I’ve learned from my first month of Bournville Village Trust digital workshops

Francis Clarke from OpenUp Digital holding ipad and Sharing digital skills with older couple at BVT digital workshop at Shenley Court

OpenUp Digital is currently working with Bournville Village Trust (BVT) to deliver a series of free digital skills and confidence workshops for local, mainly retired residents. The sessions are scheduled to run from February through to June, with participants learning a new topic every month. This month, I’ve delivered three beginners’ workshops at Shenley Court Hall. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.

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OpenUp Digital to deliver free digital skills workshops for Bournville Village Trust residents

Older woman using Macbook laptop

Following our successful partnership for last year’s Digi-Fayre 2016 digital inclusion event, I’m proud to announce OpenUp Digital will be working again with Bournville Village Trust (BVT) to deliver a series of free digital skills workshops for BVT residents throughout the first half of 2017.

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Why email still matters

Bridget Phillipson MP email newsletter showing photo of MP being interviewed outside the Houses of Parliament

When I talk to potential clients about how they can use digital technology more effectively, often the conversation quickly moves to social media and what platforms a client should use. While it’s great that clients are excited about new opportunities to engage, it’s important they also get the basics right. I was therefore pleased to have the chance to help develop a professional looking email newsletter for Bridget Phillipson MP.

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Helping blind and partially sighted users get the most out of digital communications

A Partially sighted woman sitting on sofa looking at her Android smartphone at close up

Following on from my last post, I want to share with you another project that’s been keeping me from blogging lately. For the past couple of months I’ve been working with residents at Queen Mother Gardens, a sheltered housing centre for blind and partially sighted people run by New Outlook housing association. Here’s what I’ve learned so far about helping blind and partially sighted users access digital communications.

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Optimising Groundwork UK’s online presence

Groundwork UK homepage with scene of people sitting at picnic benches in an urban environment

I’m feeling rather sheepish as I start to write this as it’s been over a month since I last updated my blog. Over the next few posts I’m going to explain what’s been keeping me from blogging and share with you some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

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Five reasons why you should choose open source software

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I’m a supporter of open source software, the name given to software which everyone has the right to study, change and distribute, and try to use it wherever possible to run OpenUp Digital and the projects we deliver.

I was therefore pleased when Bioregion Birmingham, a thinktank interested in how Birmingham can meet the needs of its citizens within the constraints of natural resources, asked me to write a guest blog about why people should choose open source software.

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