Seacole login and become Digital Champions

Seacole login and become Digital Champions

LEARNING new skills helps our clients to turn their lives around and today we live in a  fast paced digital environment where people need to be able to access information quickly.

Many of the young people at our Seacole Intensive Support Environment have mobile phones but many aren’t linked to the internet which prevents them accessing information that could improve their independence and opportunity.

As a first step on the road to greater independence and opportunity Seacole too advantage of Leeds City Council’s Digital Inclusion scheme.  Both our clients and support workers were able to borrow ipads to access the internet wherever the were.

Seacole used the ipads to improve the digital skills of the young people we support.  Having access to the internet all the time also enabled them to start a whole host of other initiatives such as skills training, bid for homes, fill in their universal credit claims and keep in touch with family and friends who prefer email.  Some of the successes include applying for bank accounts setting up email accounts for job applications, submitting sick notes and using streams such as YouTube and video as a distraction from self-harm and anger management.

The Seacole team used the pads to create an online quiz about domestic violence giving each client a set time to research and complete answers.  They also used the ipads to transform the Seacole kitchen into a restaurant with background music and flickering candle. In fact the Seacole support team became so good at digital skills themselves they were made LCC Digital Champions.

And our clients agreed that having the ipads made a massive difference to their lives as you can read from their comments below:

 “I have a very basic phone and can’t access the internet on it, by using the tablet I have been able to keep in contact with my dad. He works away often and finds email easier to communicate with me, without it I wouldn’t be able to speak with him. I use the tablet every day. I have also done my Universal Credit application on it and it helps me keep up to date with appointments.”

“Since we got the iPads I have used it to apply for a bank account with Santander, submit sick notes on the Fitapp, bid for council properties, check my bank account online to check if my ESA has been paid, apply for an email account of my own – it’s very useful, I have anxiety so going out to the library feels too much for me sometimes and I don’t want to go outside.”

“My key worker let me use the iPad in key working to go through a basic computer course, I’m not very good at computers and I learnt from doing the course how to do basic things on them, I am learning to check my emails and use Google.”

“I use Facebook on the ipad – I don’t have a phone so it helps me keep in contact with friends and family. I can Google things that I don’t know and when I feel angry I can go on YouTube and watch funny videos to calm me down. I love it and hope we keep them forever and ever.”