How it all began

Digital Voice for Communities are a CIC  who operate across the North East offering a range of digital based creative art courses in community venues.  They applied to us for funds for the provision of two courses for refugees and BME women in Durham to enable them to increase IT and creative skills, reduce isolation and build self-confidence.

Making a difference

Participants became more digitally included, more confident at using technology and have a greater understanding of I.T and the internet during the project. Most also improved their confidence speaking English. Participants created photographic art and films about their lives that they shared with friends and families. Participants had a positive experience of learning something they needed to learn, in a comfortable secure environment with their peers, so they will be more likely to continue to learn, be more socially included and improve their general wellbeing.

With thanks to you

Suhaila was initially not very confident using a tablet or going online. She quickly learned to find images online and to edit them into a video and to record a voice over for her story. She told an engaging story about tea houses as a corner stone of Iraqi social life and how as a woman she was excluded from it. She was very enthusiastic about the skills she learned and told us she intended to continue making video stories about her life and family to share with them and record a family legacy.

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