From time to time Sandbox applies for funding to allow us to deliver engagement projects within local communities. here’s some of the previous projects we’ve delivered. You can read about ongoing project in more detail by following the links in the menu.

Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities

We have delivered community based learning to adults in Sefton for the last three years, thanks to grant funding from VOLA (on behalf of Sefton Council’s Community Learning Service).

In our first year we delivered 2 Internet for beginners classes at the L30 Community Centre in Netherton. The following year we delivered 2 digital marketing courses to unemployed people, interested in self employment.
We also worked in praetorship with periscope Production CIC to deliver 2 Digital photography courses and a video production course.

In total we’ve worked with 39 learners from the most deprived wards of Sefton.

Awards for All

Who I Am & Where I Come From

In our first year of operation we worked with a group of non-English speakers in Southport that had relocated to the UK from various countries.
We used a series of art based activities to create a short story that demonstrated the experience of the participants in relocating to the UK. From their artwork we created a short animated film and an online peer support forum. (now offline)

Get On I.T.

In 2013 we were awarded a second Awards for All grant to develop a programme of digital inclusion support for older people in the L30 area of Sefton. We ran a summer series of classes covering a variety of internet based topics including:

  • Setting up email
  • Using Facebook
  • Using Skype
  • Researching Family Tree
  • Using Ebay and Paypal
  • Online Grocery Shopping

Out of the Sandbox

in 2014 we worked with LGBTQIA Youth in Sefton.
We realised that there wasn’t very much by way of support for young people across Sefton, partly due to the size of the borough. So we had some discussions with some experts across Sefton’s voluntary & community sector and we came up with this project idea to create a website for young people to access information and advice in the form of videos and online articles, signposting to local services and more importantly support from their peers through a secure online forum.

You can watch the videos and visit the online forum and website – Sefton Out – for more information.

ESF Community Learning Grant – awarded via the WEA North West

In 2014 we were awarded a grant to provide earning opportunities for women interested in digital media careers.

The project included:

  • Short Taster courses:
    • Digital Photography
    • Video Production
    • Graphic Design
    • Social Media
  • Work Experience Placements

By the end of the 9 month project we had worked with 38 participants. 6 progressed in to further study and volunteering, 1 progressed onto a full time course and 2 have moved into employment.