DigitalMe pioneers empowerment project

9th October 2017

Digital Voice has been working in partnership with Gateshead Council’s Children’s Rights Worker and Creative Development Manager to pilot forward-thinking techniques which have the potential to empower people to communicate their stories and views.

This exciting project is being lead by fostered children who are using the latest technology to tell others how their lives could be improved.

Using tablets and a wide variety of apps, the children have examined their lives and drawn up the messages that they wished to communicate to their peers, social workers and teachers. They have written and recorded scripts which are then “spoken” by avatars that they have developed to represent themselves They have then assembled all of their work together into powerful and moving digital LifeBooks.

Project organiser Julie Nicholson said: “The digital tools are so simple and fun to use that the young people can enjoy focusing on what they want to say. Along the way, they have rapidly learned new skills, while also producing valuable insights to influence and improve the ways in which services for looked-after children are delivered.”

The work will be launched at Gateshead Council’s Freedom City event on Sunday 29 October at St Mary’s Heritage Centre between 2-6p.m.

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