Community donation supports digital confidence workshops

Realise charity can support more initiatives following a community donation of £2,843 from EEM, the national procurement consortium.

EEM is a non-profit organisation which offers efficiency savings for its public sector members. This year they are celebrating with members to highlight what a difference social housing has made to people’s lives, sharing the quarter of a million pounds form it’s operating surplus between its members.

Roxy Kern, Projects Officer at EEM said “It was fantastic to hear that Aspire Housing chose to forward their annual Community Donation to the Realise charity. Along with Aspire Housing being able to make cost and efficiency savings in their procurement activities by using our services, these donations are another benefit of EEM membership which we take pleasure in distributing. We are so pleased to be able to support Realise and we very much look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Aspire for many years to come.”

Realise charity, along with Aspire Housing and PM Training, work together to support communities across Staffordshire and this new donation will be used to support more people through digital workshops – a partnership between Realise and Stoke-based Wavemaker.

Over the past year, Realise has supported over 340 people to learn digital skills and become more confident with technology. Workshops for over 55s within Aspire Housing Community Living schemes and sessions for apprentices and learners at PM Training have introduced 3D printing, smart devices and video calling to improve people’s confidence and understanding of technology in their lives.

Ben McManus, CEO of Wavemaker said: “This funding allows Wavemaker to continue delivering digital skills and digital confidence workshops to young people in the area. We work with PM Training, offering fun and engaging sessions for learners providing real transferable skills that they can use in the world of work.”

Geoff Beadle, Charity Programme Manager said: “We’re delighted to receive this community donation as it showcases how we use our procurement to give back to local communities. Working with EEM allows us to do more with local partners like Wavemaker and young people to make a real impact on their education and progression.”