Gwent Federation of WIs

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Gwent Federation of WIs

The Women’s Institute plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

Gwent is a long established Federation with 50 Institutes and around 1500 members.

Digital Communities Wales began working with the National Federation of Women’s Institutes in Wales in November 2016. Following a meeting with the Head of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes in Wales, a Digital Inclusion Engagement Plan was developed so that the 13 federations across Wales could be supported by DCW.

One of the actions to come out of the DIEP was for the WI to submit an application for the loan of some ICT equipment from DCW. The application was submitted and subsequently approved; three iPads and three Galaxy Tablets were delivered to the Head Office in January 2017.  The equipment has been shared between the Gwent and Gwynedd-Merionydd Federations.

On the 7th April 2017 seven members of the Gwent Federation completed the Digital Communities Wales Introduction to Supporting People to Get Online training.

Following the session, a member the DCW Training Team provided the Federation with resources on padlet.

Judith Meese from Gwent Federation of WI’s said

“The impact of your intervention has been great. The course was very good as it helped us to work out the best way to establish our member’s needs.

“So far we have held 6 training sessions and have another 2 booked in. We are averaging 7/8 people at each session. Most bring their own tablets/iPads and some have come along to more than one session. They all seem to be enjoying it.

“We are trying to give one-to-one training where we can and on subjects requested by the ladies.

“We always break for August but we aim to resume the sessions in September.”

Judith reported on some of the things that their members have received help to do as a result of the DCW training.

“We have registered one lady on BBC iPlayer to listen to the Archers. A couple of ladies are now enjoying Facebook. Some of those who love crafts are now on Pinterest and a lady who likes to travel a lot has found the world clock!”

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