Fit for the Future: Fostering a Resilient and Engaged Citizenry

By - Joanne Jacobs, Disruptor's Handbook To be fit for the future, societies need to work on their digital health. Looking at the impact of emergent technologies have on citizens, Joanne considers what role Leep has to play. Fit for the Future Being ‘Fit for the Future’ is something that is increasingly the focus of corporate and small business planning, because there is a clear value in ensuring sustainability and competitiveness of commercial operations. The long term health of an…

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Digital Exclusion: Waiting for the Bus

By Janeen Harris, Leep Senior Project Officer My fellow arts committee members and I were keen to start a Facebook group and I offered to demonstrate how it worked, particularly for those who were unsure about technology. Jodie* had some basic knowledge - she could take photos on her iPad and attach them to emails – and so I was taken aback when she shared her recent story of exclusion. Jodie’s car on one occasion had broken down and was…

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Tips for Recruiting Volunteers

In a rapidly changing environment, effectively recruiting volunteers can be a challenge for many organisations. Volunteer powered digital mentoring programs are not immune to this challenge, and as the volunteer landscape shifts people are increasingly looking to volunteer in ways that make the most of their unique skills and abilities. This webinar, being delivered by Leep NGO for the Be Connected program, unpacks a variety of methods for recruiting volunteers using practical examples. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wWbdT8RkvM Download Webinar Resource Document To download…

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Harnessing Volunteer Motivation

Volunteers come from all walks of life, each bringing with them their own unique perspective and reasoning for becoming a volunteer. Understanding what inspires and motivates us as individuals and volunteers can be a highly effective way for managing and maintaining volunteer engagement. “What motivates us moves us! [But] don’t assume that what motivates one volunteer, or one group of volunteers, holds true ‘across the board.” – Judy Esmond, Ph.D. This webinar, delivered by Leep in partnership with Good Things…

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Being a Digital Mentor: What’s Involved?

Find out how to inspire and support people to use technology and be online as a one-on-one digital mentor. We explore what's involved in the role and some tips and tricks for success! Digital mentors are people who provide one-on-one support to people so that they can use technology and get online. Whilst supporting people to build their digital skills is a large part of the mentoring journey, a digital mentor must inspire their learners to get online and build…

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How to Develop a Digital Literacy Program

This webinar provides a step-by-step guide to developing a digital literacy program using a digital mentoring model. Learn how to deliver basic digital literacy support in your community. We share tips and tricks for running a successful program, based on our experience running the Leep in Lab and other digital mentoring programs in the Leep in Network Learn about and join the Be Connected network here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i77JqYd8_cQ&t=580s

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Building Innovation in Volunteerism through Digital Inclusion

The volunteering landscape within Australian communities is shifting. Many individuals wishing to volunteer are seeking opportunities that meet their own needs and fit within demanding personal and professional schedules. This diverse volunteer pool demands new ways of thinking and planning for volunteer engagement that fosters social, economic and digital inclusion for volunteers and communities alike. Leep believes that the possibilities volunteering and digital technology offer should be available to all, and have been working at the forefront of community engagement…

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The Art of Asking

New Digital Mentor Our CEO Cecily Michaels shares this story... I met Diane at Julia Gillard’s tree planting in the Corridor of Oaks in the Blue Mountains. There have been oak trees planted by each Prime Minister, or their closest living relative, since 1934 in the Blue Mountains. When I arrived I met Barbara, a friend and colleague, who offered me a spot on the fence with her family and friends. It wasn’t until the ceremony was over that I…

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Getting connected: Making a difference at the Leep in Lab

With one in five Australians not online the Leep in Lab is showing how a small action can have a big impact when it comes to improving someone’s life by helping them improve their technology and internet skills. Run twice a week out of Leep’s home office in Penrith the Leep in Lab offers one-on-one support to anyone wanting to improve their basic digital skills and help them build the confidence they need to use technology and the internet in…

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Leep in Lab – Robyn’s Story

Robyn found out about the Leep in Lab through Uniting Ability Linker, Alesha Holmes. Alesha says that Robyn had explained to her that she was becoming depressed from spending whole days at home on her own and that she was interested in learning the basics for using a computer. Alesha suggested that Robyn try the Leep in Lab as a way to meet new people, fill her Wednesdays and learn some new skills. Robyn attended her first digital mentoring session…

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