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Debunking Skilled Volunteering: How to Tap into Skilled Corporate Volunteers

Australians are very busy people - working an average of 4 extra hours a week to be able to get through their to do list. Yet we are also extremely generous and looking for ways to give back that use our skills and enable us to volunteer on our own terms. With more and more individuals looking to volunteer in a skilled capacity, or through their workplace employee volunteer program, skilled and corporate volunteering is on the rise. So how…

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How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint

There are over 30 million presentations given daily, many of them using PowerPoint or a similar program to support the spoken word. The problem is that the layout and content of these presentations often take away from, rather than enhance the content. Often the speaker is nervous and believes that by putting lots of details and words onto their slides the audience won't notice. Others believe in the "more is more" philosophy and put every thought they have had about…

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Your Communication Strategy: From Paper & PDF to Digital

Are you sending your newsletters, term programs and other marketing information by mail, or creating a PDF and emailing it? Would you like to increase your reach, lower your costs, measure your impact and help the environment? This webinar will take you through the steps you can take to switch from paper or PDF newsletters (and other marketing documents) to digital. Some of the topics we cover include: The reasons to switch to digital Know your audience: the perils of…

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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 Download Digital Mentoring Toolkit To download a copy of the Digital Mentoring Toolkit…

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Digital Mentoring Volunteer & Learner at the Leep in Lab

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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Creating Digital Communities: “There’s an answer to every barrier”

Whether it be lack of access, skills, motivation or trust - no digital barrier is without its answer, no one should be disconnected from the digital world. As over 100 community members gathered to find solutions to support the one in five Australians not online, this was the resounding takeaway message. The platform for this message was the inaugural Creating Digital Communities forum and interactive workshop hosted by Leep in partnership with Uniting and Ability Links this June. Attended by…

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Digital Literacy Research Report

Informing opportunities for people with intellectual disability Earlier this year, we engaged NSW CID (NSW Council for Intellectual Disability) and syfte (a human design company) to assist us in conducting research with people with mild to moderate intellectual disability, receiving NDIS, to assess their readiness and motivation for digital literacy skills. A focus group methodology was used to gather qualitative data using a semi structured interview format. The research took place in April 2017 with 5 sessions facilitated by CID and…

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