News

Cerebra Dispels myths with new Toolkit - available NOW posted on 9 Feb 2016
As part of our project working with parent ambassadors (ie those experienced with raising a child with a disability) in collaboration with a law expert Cerebra as produced new resources exploring some of the 'myths' that have arisen due to many people working for public bodies and many parent/carers of disabled children misunderstanding the law. Our toolkit will help to dispel these myths that have developed over time by coming up with solutions in dealing with statutory bodies. Follow the link for info: 
http://w3.cerebra.org.uk/research/problem-solving-toolkit-for-families/



Your ideas in action at City of Bristol College posted on 5 Feb 2016
We've been crunching the numbers this week and are thrilled to see how well VocalEyes is working - give yourselves a big pat on the back!

In just a short amount of time, there have been:
  • 40 ideas,
  • 4382 ratings, and
  • 570 comments or replies!
It's been a great start, but you need to keep adding suggestions - and rating the ones that are there - in order to turn your ideas into actions. Remember, the College considers every single idea that is posted. So...what's yours?

Updates





Welcome to the Gorebridge Futures Group.Let's Begin! posted on 4 Feb 2016
Martin has set up 5 Topics   representing the 5 themes in the action plan.Each priority for action  is listed under each topic. Have alook and see how easy it is to navigate and interact with. Martin suggests that to get the best from this tool, we can generate a dialogue by clicking on the ideas tab.
Enjoy having a go! Enid
Your ideas in action at City of Bristol College - January 2016 posted on 28 Jan 2016

We’ve had a great start to 2016 with two key ideas being put into action already:

Yoga Sessions

The request for lunchtime yoga classes has proved one of the most talked about ideas on VocalEyes with 21 comments.

Having kicked off with a week of free Yoga Yurt classes across three college centres, we’ve now got sessions running for the next six weeks.

The closed sessions will be held on Tuesdays at College Green (2pm-4pm) and SBSA (3pm-4pm) and Thursdays at Ashley Down (2.45pm-3.45pm). And depending on feedback from the trial week, we may be providing more sessions.

Mental Health drop-in sessions

Following a proposal in early January for a “student-run and confidential” mental health group, our Welfare team sprang into action.

The first session was held in the Learning Resource Centre on Thursday 28 January. Students could sign up to lead and participate in the group, as well as accessing resources and information on local services.

If you missed the opening session, you can contact the Welfare team privately and confidentially so that you can receive information on future sessions:  01173122098 / welfare@cityofbristol.ac.uk

What's next?

It's up to you! Keep commenting and rating ideas as they appear - remember, every idea on VocalEyes is considered by the college. It's your chance to have your say and make a difference.

Weekly round-up posted on 28 Jan 2016

We’ve had a great start to 2016 with two key ideas being put into action already:

Yoga Sessions

The request for lunchtime yoga classes has proved one of the most talked about ideas on vocalEyes with 21 comments.

Having kicked off with a week of free Yoga Yurt classes across three college centres, we’ve now got sessions running for the next six weeks.

The closed sessions will be held on Tuesdays at College Green (2pm-4pm) and SBSA (3pm-4pm) and Thursdays at Ashley Down (2.45pm-3.45pm). And depending on feedback from the trial week, we may be providing more sessions.

Mental Health drop-in sessions

Following a proposal in early January for a “student-run and confidential” mental health group, our Welfare team sprang into action.

The first session was held in the Learning Resource Centre on Thursday 28 January. Students could sign up to lead and participate in the group, as well as access resources and information on local services.

If you missed the opening session, you can contact the Welfare team privately and confidentially so that you can receive information on future sessions:  01173122098 / welfare@cityofbristol.ac.uk

What's next?

It's up to you! Keep commenting and rating ideas as they appear - remember, every idea on VocalEyes is considered by the college. It's your chance to have your say and make a difference

Cerebra empower parents and carers to overcome challenges posted on 27 Jan 2016

At Cerebra we believe in listening to families of disabled children and using what they tell us to inspire research, innovation and information.  One area that parents have told us that they struggle with is dealing with statutory agencies in relation to the provision of health, social care and education support services.

As a response to this Cerebra funds research by Professor Luke Clements to explore practical and effective ways of resolving the commonly occurring problems families face. As a result we have developed a number of resources, based on cases raised with us by parents and carers within our Legal Entitlements Research Project and the job now is get that information out there for parents and carers to use to improve their family life.

Funding was awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council to launch a new project, The Family Research Ambassador Project, which will involve parents and carers of disabled children in helping us to make our pool of existing information much more accessible and engaging to others.

The project’s main aims are:

•to produce a ‘Problem Solving Toolkit’ that deals with these commonly occurring problems in accessing services

•to test, improve and build on the toolkit

•distribute this as widely as possible within various disability support groups and to parents of disabled children

•to give parents and carers the confidence to tackle decisions and to feel supported.

We have recruited eight Family Research Ambassadors (FRAs) to assist in bringing this toolkit together and to circulate and promote this to disability support groups and social media.

More to follow…….

First Digital Citizenship Summit in the UK posted on 23 Jan 2016
Attended by a fantastic group of visionaries with a global reach the first Digital Citizenship summit was hosted by Bournemouth University today and featured VocalEyes among many start-ups, ed techs and learner platforms. 
How should the Labour Party select its councillor candidates for Deptford? posted on 22 Jan 2016
The Labour party is committed to widening and improving democracy both internally and in the wider political system. Soon after his appointment as shadow chancellor John McDonnell said "We're going to democratise this country on a scale we've never seen before".  (Channel 4 news http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGDla6aSwng from 14 minutes). Jeremy Corbyn also reiterated this later, “we want to see a mushrooming of online democracy and citizen’s assemblies” (http://bit.ly/1SOaRHs

In this spirit the local party in Evelyn ward has decided, "To immediately encourage everyone to create extensive systems for direct participation...that are autonomous, grassroots and non-party political" and "To require elected members ... to attend constantly and visibly to these discussions and opinions, and act accordingly".

Following on from this they have also decided to create an open process for selecting councillor candidates that includes public events and online discussion (i think this is particularly important in Deptford because historically the Labour candidates have always been the ones eventually elected to the council).  Any member who has lived in the ward since the start of 2016 can be a candidate (so you can join and be one yourself), and the process will end a year before the elections (which are on May 3rd 2018) . However, they decided to open up discussion on the exact details of how this would work, especially the way the final choice is made. 

A vocaleyes topic has been created where you can add your ideas and rate / comment on other ideas at http://vocaleyes.org/vocaleyes/topic/view/id/11144/grp/885 and everyone is welcome to join the discussion - please forward through your networks and also speak to your friends, neighbours, work mates etc (you can also add their thoughts yourself if they can't access the internet)







Have your say - VocalEyes is now live at City of Bristol College! posted on 21 Jan 2016
If you've got a suggestion for how we can improve the college, now's your chance! 

VocalEyes is a place where you can share ideas and rate them. All ideas are considered by the college, and we'll take action and create projects to make the improvements that you want to see.

All students have been pre-registered - just log in to Moodle and look out for the VocalEyes widget on the right-hand side.

Welcome to direct democracy for deptford posted on 21 Jan 2016
Direct real DIY Democracy is coming to Deptford
But we need YOU !
We need your ideas but also your help to get others involved by doing some really small and easy stuff, just in your street, block or online
This site is a great tool to help us share ideas, develop plans and work together to make them happen, We’re also building a network of people who will be talking directly to everyone, and you’ll also be able call/text us about whats happening and what you think. Then we’ll tell everyone else in newsletters and noticeboards that you'll be able to come and help design, we'll also arrange social events where people can eat, drink and talk. This can all be gathered and developed here, but the real stuff happens when people talk face to face.

Interestingly, the new leadership of one of the 2 main political parties say they want us to do this - decide what we want and that they'll actually listen! The local councillors have already been committed to listen constantly to these discussions and opinions, and act accordingly (We’re working on getting our Mayor and MP to do the same). And there are also too many other organisations to mention already doing great stuff locally that we'll get connected and involved with.

We don't have to wait for anything, we can do things ourselves RIGHT NOW. 

BUT, we need people to speak the people in their block / road, on the street, in the shops, cafes and community centres, deliver newsletters / leaflets, or just post links on their twitter & facebook as well as contributing on VocalEyes (for some things you’ll need to set up an account, which is very easy ) - could you do any of that?


or short link http://bit.ly/1ThFZ1u
Phone or text james on 07905 685 906
James@dogmanet.org



VocalEyes Development Updates: January 2016 posted on 20 Jan 2016
Thank you for all your feedback on VocalEyes. There is a development pipeline as long as the river Nile but never-the-less, we're making our way through it one step at a time. Please keep your ideas coming.

- Blog is now the News!
- Design / usability amendments to the mobile version
- Notifications ON/OFF switch has been added to My Groups (on Dashboard)
- More context added to the email content notifications
- Group and Idea description character limit increased to 4096
- SSO (Single Sign On) users can now add their email address (will also get notified about it), and change their username and password
- Resources types now have "Other" in the list, and other improvements
- Login session length increased to 2 years

...and many many bug fixes and slight GUI improvements
Digital Literacy Training posted on 11 Dec 2015

To help staff keep up to date with the latest IT developments, a digital literacy programme will soon be rolled out in conjunction with Barcalys bank.

The programme will be tailored to offer digital solutions which will save time and resources, increasing staff knowledge and confidence in IT solutions.


Updates to follow soon!

WHAT THE DUCK? Anti-bad Language Campaign posted on 11 Dec 2015

As a response to a call for proposals for the new academic year an anti-bad language campaign has been promoted throughout Pembrokeshire College.

Bilingual banners and posters have been created with the strap-line 'What the Duck?' encouraging students (and staff!) to choose their words carefully and to extend their vocabulary instead of swearing. Students and staff wear badges with the slogan and small duck design to further promote the campaign.

COP SWANSEA Events (1, 2 & 3) posted on 20 Nov 2015

For two weeks in November and December 2015, the world’s leaders will come together in Paris for COP21, a crucial conference to try to achieve a new international agreement on climate change, aiming to keep global warming below 2°C. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are also going to Paris to make their voices heard… but like lots of us who care deeply, we can’t be there. So, we’re bringing it back home.

COP SWANSEA (1, 2 & 3) – Three events combining discussions, creative offerings from local performers, and film screenings. Three opportunities to share our concerns and solutions; to talk about our fears and plan actions; to get better informed about the scale of the challenge and what we can all do to play our part in changing things for the better.

Tickets are limited, so book now to secure your place.
Tickets: £5. This is a not-for-profit event. All monies raised will go towards covering costs.
If you would like to come and are unable to pay, please call Emergence on 07555 984986

Please bring a picnic lunch. Tea and coffee will be for sale.

We will be collecting for Swansea Food Bank – please donate non-perishable food items.
Come to one, two or all three – to connect with others and make your voice heard.


To book and for details see: http://www.emergence-uk.org/#coming-up


Innovation 'hub' project is underway posted on 20 Nov 2015
People interested in the establishment of a space for innovation and collaboration are working on a feasibility study to see if this idea can become a reality. Any interested people or groups are welcome to join in - expressions of interest are being invited via a dedicated website:


Carers Assembly Held in Cardiff Bay posted on 20 Nov 2015
A Carers Assembly was hosted by Carers Wales in the old Senedd debating chamber in Cardiff Bay today where carers at the front line shared their experiences in front of a panel of politicians and candidates from all the main political parties chaired by Roy Noble. 
Heartfelt evidence was heard from parents and carers from across Wales, including issues regarding minimal access to information, support and respite when needed. All spoke of the fight that accessing services has become and the worry of cuts and the impact that will have. 
Several themes were debated: rights and assssment, provision of information, respite care and cuts, work and finances, cooperatives and third sector. 
Hafod Morfa Copperworks wants your help posted on 17 Nov 2015
People in Swansea are invited to get involved with the Hafod Morfa Copperworks restoration project by submitting ideas for improving the current masterplan; how to restore the old Musgrave steam engine and what to do about the old canal bridge that's recently been exposed. 

VocalEyes is ensuring that everyone in Swansea can have their say and contribute ideas to this extraordinary project bringing back to life what is described as 'the greatest industrial treasure of Wales'. This site represents 250 years of innovation and change in Swansea - something for us all to be proud of.

As the restoration and renovation takes place there's never been a better time to get involved - either by offering some voluntary hours and doing some hands-on work, or by participating in the suggestion of ideas here. 

More can be seen on this project by visiting their excellent website:

http://www.hafodmorfacopperworks.com/

and be watching this informative video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpNgDYLQW7A

The site is being developed thanks to the Cu@swansea project - is a partnership between Swansea University and the City and County of Swansea which aims to breathe life back into the site of the former Hafod-Morfa Copperworks.

In 2012, the CU@Swansea Project started a programme of physical works to reclaim the site from dereliction and enable people to visit and reconnect with the site.

Works have included:

  • Consolidation of buildings most at risk including Laboratory Building and canal walls.
  • Clearing vegetation and replacing railings to open up views of the buildings
  • Creating new pathways, view points and seating areas
  • Installing interpretation trails and wind up audio trails
  • Installing new art features
  • Creating a new car park

The project also carried out a range of activities to connect with as many people as possible including the public, schools and community groups. The Hafod-Morfa Copperworks occupies an important place in the memories, histories and identities of local people and the process of reconnecting people to this important part of their history has been important and rewarding. A strong friends group has emerged, schools groups and the public have got involved in a range of activities and over 8000 people have attended events at the site.

The Cu@swansea partnership is grateful for funding of £541,000 the Welsh Government’s £19m Heritage Tourism project, administered by Cadw. This comprises £277,000 funds from the Welsh Government and a sum of £244,000 from the European Regional Development Fund.  The project subsequently secured a further £500,000 from the Welsh Government (Swansea Regeneration Area). Three Phd Students have developed their research on the site and another dozen students have leant their research skills and resources to take the project forward). 


Work continues to unlock the potential of the site and restore the function of innovation, education, entrepreneurialism, wealth creation and world leadership that the site traditionally provided. Now's your chance to get involved. 


We've gone Digital! posted on 17 Nov 2015
The TENP committee met today (including Tom Latter, in the photo) and took up the kind offer of one of our members - LocalEyes and VocalEyes Digital Democracy - to make use of this platform to enhance our decision-making and to engage with our member organisations - and their wider membership (and the public). 

Sarah Hoss at VocalEyes sat in on a meeting to show us the ropes and get us started. We used the system to capture our ideas expressed in the meeting and found ourselves using the projects function and reporting some actions. We've also set up a members' group:
https://www.vocaleyes.org/tenp-participate

-  and we've identified that the Pembrokeshire District Group:
https://www.vocaleyes.org/pembrokeshire

-would be the place for the wider membership to engage so we've added a topic in there.
If you'd like to use VocalEyes to enhance engagement in YOUR group please contact VocalEyes - office AT vocaleyes.org


Photo: BenPix Photography




Carmarthenshire Energy Event posted on 17 Nov 2015
Supporters of the Carmarthenshire Energy Group joined Ben and the team at St Peter's Hall today for a drop-in RENEW Wales Regional Event attended by about 15 interested members of the public, RENEW Wales regional co-ordinators and mentors and some several stakeholder organisations (including Helen Murray, CEO Planed) to hear and deliver speeches from key projects and learn more about the share scheme.
As part of the event VocalEyes was on hand to sign up attendees to VocalEyes and engage in the group to post ideas for promoting the share scheme better. People signing up were also inducted into their community groups and left much more aware of how self-organising and crowdsourcing works. 
11 new ideas were crowdsourced live during the event. 

Pic: NewSplashMedia 


Go Bro Gwaun! posted on 16 Nov 2015
The Bro Gwaun Fishguard Transition group has not one but TWO community projects featured in this wonderful new book showcasing brilliant ideas from across the globe that have been turned into action. The book is available for sale at the Transition Cafe in Fishguard. To read more about this:

https://cop21.transitionnetwork.org/the-surplus-food-cafe/