25 May 2013
G2G Communities CIC, in partnership with Penycae CP School and Reaching Wider Partnership initiative delivered a Digital Storytelling course using I pads. The course was for two hours per week for four weeks and twenty parents/family members and their children took part. The course was funded under the Reaching Wider Partnership, supported by Aberystwyth University and delivered by G2G Communities CIC.
Moira Lockitt (Director) from G2G Communities CIC said ‘we were delighted to be asked to run this course’ ‘the School has made us very welcome and we have received positive feedback from everyone concerned’. ‘Most parents had never used an I pad but by the end of the eight hours they all had a digital story to present and are able to take these skills away with them to use at home’. ‘The children were very quick to pick up new skills and working together enjoyed passing these skills on to their parent/family member’.
The Head of Penycae CP Mr Tim Newbould said ‘This has been a very positive experience for the School and we have received some excellent feedback from the parents/family member and children’. ‘It is extremely rewarding to see families working together and learning from each other’. ‘I should like to thank Reaching Wider and G2G Communities CIC for giving us the opportunity to take part in this initiative’.
What the parents said:
Parents/family members, children and others will be attending a presentation day on Friday 14 June. Certificates and copies of the Digital Stories on DVD will be presented by Sarah Al-Asaf from Reaching Wider to everyone that attended the course. After the presentation a coach will take everyone to Llangollen for a boat trip. The event will be recorded by G2G Communities CIC and made into a Digital Story of the day.
G2G COMMUNITIES CIC BRING INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION TO DENBIGHSHIRE
LEGO® Education Innovation Studio
G2G Communities CIC has secured a comprehensive partnership with LEGO®Education to develop a community based LEGO® Education Innovation Studio in the centre of Rhyl. This new social enterprise has been awarded funding through the Cyfenter initiative, supported by the European Regional Development Funding. The Studio will be based in the new North Wales Innovation Centre (NWIC), based within a new and exciting development by Denbighshire County Council at the Bee and Station Hotel. The official opening will take place in September 2013. This New initiative will cover the whole of North Wales and enable individuals and organisations to develop their skills and competences leading toward full and rewarding careers.
Moira Lockitt, G2G Director, said ‘this initiative will make learning Science; Technology; Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects fun and exciting’. ‘At this moment in time there is a shortfall of some 40,000 engineers in the UK every year and this initiative will help to ensure that businesses moving into the North Wales area have people with the necessary skills and motivation available to move into employment’. We have a number of other ideas for the use of LEGO®resources in the future and have already had significant interest from Schools within North Wales and some local businesses looking to up-skill their workforce’. ‘The unique thing about this initiative is that it is focused on community learning, family learning, business/industry and getting people back into employment’. ‘We hope to make learning fun, exciting and rewarding so that individuals will want to continue their education and training and move into higher levels of learning offered by College, Open University or Higher Education’. ‘Another unique feature will be our Mobile Learning initiative. With this we will be able to take the LEGO®resources into areas of North Wales, the workplace, Schools and a range of other venues where it is needed the most’.
A spokesperson for LEGO®Education said:
‘We are delighted to support an initiative such as this because it serves the community, the economy and the best interests of young people. Students need to learn skills that are relevant and applicable for their and our futures and it is great to see local organisations stepping up to help that happen.’
‘Since 1980, LEGO® Education has delivered hands-on, curriculum-based resources for teachers and students worldwide. LEGO Education believes a hands-on, minds-on approach helps students actively take ownership of the learning process and develop 21st-century skills such as creative thinking and problem solving through real-life, engaging experiences.’
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‘POP UP PEOPLE’ PROGRAMME (PUP)
G2G Communities CIC has just been awarded WCVA Gateway (ESF) funding to get people back into employment. The ‘Pop Up People – Back to Business’ project will use empty shops, market stalls and open spaces to encourage those unemployed to start their own business or experience what it is like to be self-employed. It will also provide them with the necessary skills to take their business enterprise forward on completion of their programme. Those interested in starting their own virtual/Web microbusiness will be able to develop their skills by producing the popuppeople.org Web site and also use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social/business networks to develop their business ideas. Virtual/Web based business would also be ideal for Carers who are unable to leave their home for any period of time or those with a work limiting disability. The Pop up People project will not only be innovative and exciting for participants but it could also benefit the wider community by regenerating some of the many empty shops in Denbighshire and Conwy. Individuals in Denbighshire and Conwy that have just started or are thinking of starting their own business and want to gain relevant qualifications should contact G2G Communities CIC.
G2G Communities CIC is working in partnership with Denbighshire Countryside Services to record the new developments at Rhyl Cut due to start on the 4 February 2013. Learners and staff at G2G Communities CIC have already taken photographs of the proposed development in December 2012 and will follow the project through to completion. The photographs and videos will be used to produce a multimedia record/case study of how the project progressed from beginning to end.
The project will transform this area into a community hotspot with walking, fishing and cycling being just some of the activities available, not just to the local community but to tourists to the area and those interested in wildlife and the environment.