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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Questions marks and raised hands

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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Mentor and learner at Leep's Leep in Lab

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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Robyn and Jason

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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Attendees at the Creating Digital Communities Forum

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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Young man with tablet

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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Our digital mentors assisting participants at our Leep In Lab

Digital Inclusion and the Digital Divide: White Paper

Our world is becoming evermore reliant on digital technology, with all signs indicating this will intensify over the coming years. While technology is disruptive, it is also transformative; it has the potential to increase disadvantage, but also to lessen it. What matters is how we use it, and, in the case of digital technology, that we have the skills and capacity to harness its benefits. Sadly, those who are unable to access and master digital technology will find themselves increasingly…

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Cecily Michaels, Leep CEO, and Helen Milner, CEO, Good Things Foundation

Digital Inclusion: What can we learn from the UK

From Cecily Michaels, Leep CEO I was so excited to be visiting the UK to speak about Leep at the Digital Evolution: Social Revolution Conference.  This was such a fabulous opportunity for me to meet with some of the most brilliant digital inclusion initiatives in the UK. Arriving at Heathrow at 5am I made my way to St Pancras Station to meet my digi hero Helen Milner, CEO of Good Things Foundation I’m not alone in my admiration for Helen’s massive contribution…

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Base Jumping with your Volunteers

Recently a Volunteer Manager said to me “On-boarding volunteers feels like jumping off a cliff. Off we go, no safety harness, and a 2000ft drop below. Managing volunteer risk in my program is overwhelming!” Managing volunteer risk does not need to feel this way. Let us help you prepare by packing a ‘volunteer risk management parachute’. Here are a couple of tips to help you get started: Pack a Parachute Before you jump into volunteer management, you should… 1. Review…

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Leep Volunteer Managers October Forum

We all had a ball!

I knew I had picked the right woman for the job, when Moya whipped out a selection of Polaroid cameras. Have you ever tried to document your story using a Polaroid camera?  I hadn’t and in fact I didn’t even know how to use a Polaroid. In this workshop Moya Sayer-Jones led 16 Volunteer Managers on a journey of discovery with simple exercises and deep insights. It was mind blowing to see how taking a simple photograph of the person…

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