The leaves are falling, the nights are drawing in, but there’s still work to be done.
Earlier this month was a really proud moment when the WHO Standards for Prosthetics and Orthotics were published. About 4 years ago I was asked to do some searching for the initial proposal for these by Sandy Sexton of Rehab Skills and then as the years progressed was involved in the proof-reading of them. Whilst only a small input it’s great to see them published knowing they will inform policies and change lives.
Currently I have several exciting projects underway including searching for research and papers for a project in Vietnam. Another success has been in managing using ipads at a memory cafe once a month as a trial and now extended into the New Year.
Spring has definitely sprung and I’m enjoying working on a variety of different projects for non-profit organisations – ranging from web design, to social media to scoping out an IT project aimed at people with dementia.
Recent training courses on web design, email and even the basics of Ebay held in the June and July. The last few weeks were also hectic with writing the content and proof reading the Dawlish Celebrates Carnival programme and its website in my spare time!
Over the summer and into September the last two IT training workshops under a Devon Community Foundation Grant to Open DAW were delivered. The final evaluation report is currently being written. Plans are underway for two workshops under a separate grant for helping community groups create their own websites.
Two more electronic community screens went live in Teignmouth and Dawlish. Feedback has been great! More and more posters on events are coming in each month.
Open DAW (Dawlish Community Information Centre) enquiry work and ongoing work at Torbay Hospital Library have been keeping me occupied on a regular basis.
We have also been working on a new contract for creating the Dawlish World War One Project website which commemorates those who died or were casualties in the First World War and came from Dawlish, Holcombe and Cofton. Current work is on the database and finalising the graphical design.
On the voluntary basis I have become a Trustee for Dawlish Arts Festival and produced a newsletter for PORT-ER in the last week or so.
Yesterday was the second workshop held under Open DAW’s (Dawlish Community Information Centre) Devon Community Foundation grant aimed at people over 60. The workshop aims to build confidence in surfing on the net and included a look at Council and Government websites with general help to surf around. Angie applied for the grant for Open DAW and is lead organiser and trainer in the project. The workshop involves partnership working with East Devon Council, the CAB and the Library amongst others! The next workshop is already fully booked!! We already have to volunteers helping with the workshops too!!