Evolve South West - Rural ICT Conference


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  • Evolve South West - Rural ICT Conference

    1. 1. <ul><li>COSMIC </li></ul><ul><li>Evolve Project </li></ul>
    2. 2. COSMIC – www.cosmic.org.uk <ul><li>Social Enterprise – Social Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Over 10yrs experience of working in the VCS </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Focus - Website Design / ICT Training </li></ul><ul><li>Funded Work </li></ul><ul><li>Orbit 2k </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>IT’s NEET and many more </li></ul>
    3. 3. Improving Reach <ul><li>Capacity Builders - Improving Reach Pilot programme </li></ul><ul><li>Fits COSMIC’s aims and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Increase outreach capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping of needs </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to make a significant impact </li></ul><ul><li>Drive Change </li></ul>
    4. 4. Evolve Project <ul><li>Pilot project providing FREE ICT support to small, rural VCOs </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage VCOs to make more effective use of their ICT systems, skills and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Become sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Region wide – Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall </li></ul>
    5. 5. Main Aims - Outputs <ul><li>Work with 20 small, rural, VCOs per county </li></ul><ul><li>Provide ICT benchmarking / basic health checks </li></ul><ul><li>Provide tailored ICT support & advice </li></ul><ul><li>Promote national / regional / local ICT links </li></ul>
    6. 6. Structure <ul><li>Managed by COSMIC </li></ul><ul><li>2 full-time co-ordinators </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Support – within COSMIC </li></ul><ul><li>Key partnerships in each region </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental focus (pilot) </li></ul>
    7. 7. How does it work? <ul><li>3 main phases: </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 1 – Getting to know you </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2 – Follow up </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 3 – Completion </li></ul>
    8. 8. Phase 1 – Getting to know you <ul><li>Arrange a meeting – we come to you! </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know your organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss your needs and what you want to do </li></ul><ul><li>Set projects with outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Agree how Evolve can help you succeed </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a report – Report One </li></ul>
    9. 9. How do I get broadband? CHI How do I set up an email account? How do I get a website? Where can I get ICT training?
    10. 10. Round The Room <ul><li>What are your organisation's main issues? </li></ul><ul><li>What initiatives are you thinking of undertaking? </li></ul>
    11. 11. Phase 2 – Follow up <ul><li>Provide information, advice and guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Study time </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss priorities and plan follow up </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange second meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Directly support implementation of priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Refer where necessary </li></ul>
    12. 12. Phase 3 - Completion <ul><li>Finish identified projects </li></ul><ul><li>Review </li></ul><ul><li>Assess progress against project outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure ongoing network support </li></ul><ul><li>Provide recommendations </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>A small charity that run after school activities for children in the Mid Devon village of Copplestone. They offer something for everyone – an exciting, changing programme of activities every day from 3.45pm to 4.45pm which include learning how to play chess or speak French, making puppets and masks, or playing football, netball or cricket and much more. </li></ul>Case Studies
    14. 14. [email_address] <ul><li>Mission - Increase opportunities for children to be active, learn new skills, have fun, in an area with few opportunities for children </li></ul><ul><li>Based – Copplestone, Crediton (Devon) </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Staff - 2 (part-time) and a number of volunteers </li></ul>
    15. 15. Main Issues <ul><li>Networking (wireless) - To have a wireless network to allow use of laptop in different rooms, separating home and work use. </li></ul><ul><li>Databases - To have in place a system where contact lists can be maintained </li></ul><ul><li>Software - To have a finance software package that will ensure that the organisation’s financial records are managed effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>General – To have information on general ICT issues to help the organisation improve it’s efficiency. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Solutions <ul><li>Networking - Installed wireless dongle & modem, updated security </li></ul><ul><li>Databases – Demonstrated outlook and migrated them from outlook express </li></ul><ul><li>Software - Provided information on different accounting software, including pros/cons and prices </li></ul><ul><li>General - Housekeeping, backing up and health and safety. Tips on software such as word and outlook were also passed on as well as useful ICT publications and website links, to facilitate sustainability. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Lessons Learnt <ul><li>The need was there! </li></ul><ul><li>Time taken to move VCOs forward </li></ul><ul><li>More hand holding </li></ul><ul><li>Some orgs not suitable – Internal process review </li></ul><ul><li>Free service! </li></ul><ul><li>Circuit Riders </li></ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul>
    18. 18. Main Support Areas <ul><li>Housekeeping </li></ul><ul><li>Backing up </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Training </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Policies and Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul>
    19. 19. Future of Evolve? <ul><li>Funding application for a further 3 years </li></ul><ul><li>Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire </li></ul><ul><li>Charge for basic service </li></ul><ul><li>Limited time period </li></ul><ul><li>Standard ICT package </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of ICT support packages </li></ul>
    20. 20. Round The Room <ul><li>Where do you currently receive ICT support? </li></ul>
    21. 21. Further Information <ul><li>www.cosmic.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>01404 813226 </li></ul><ul><li>Project case studies / testimonials </li></ul><ul><li>- www.evolvesouthwest.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Info centre </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge base </li></ul>