COME AND SEE! on Tuesday 18th June 2013 was a wonderful event, involving some of the leading organisations and suppliers of assistive technology and support for people with visual impairment and learning difficulties, plus the chance to try cycling on specially adapted bicycles provided by Wheels for Wellbeing.  Visually impaired members  of our DTVIP group were seen flying up and down Wilcox Close, as were older residents from the Castle House sheltered scheme and St Peter’s Residence.  Hats off to Fred (90) and Rita (99) in particular, who led the field inspiring some of their much younger friends.  Nearly 100 children from Herbert Morrison Primary School, who have been working with us to make the library keyboards accessible, also visited the exhibition. They were particularly fascinated by the chance to talk to Di Langford of Vocaleyes, who provided the audio description for the Harry Potter films. Heartfelt thanks to our partners RNIB, Humanware, Optelec, Calibre Audio Library, Cobolt, Vocaleyes and Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art – and the inspiring team at Wheels for Wellbeing.

Fantastic news! Roger Lewis, the wonderful blind trainer for DTVIP, has been selected as a London finalist for the Talk Talk Digital Heroes Awards.  If he wins, the prize is £5,000 to help buy assistive technology for our library so everyone in the community can use it.  You can find out more about the awards and vote for Roger here: The winner will be decided  by public online vote so we hope you will all support Roger!  Voting ends on 18th November 2012. [sadly, Roger did not win, but we are determined to find the funding for the assistive technology elsewhere]

DTvip sessions to help visually impaired people to use computers, the internet and other digital technologies, will resume at Tate South Lambeth Library on TUESDAY 9th OCTOBER 2012.  The sessions will run from 10 to 12 every Tuesday.

THE DIGITAL BAZAAR® has now started at Durning Library.  The next session will be on SATURDAY 24th November from 10 to 12.  Durning Library is at 167 Kennington Lane, London SE11 4HF.  Tel: 0207 926 8682. 

Before the summer holidays, children from Herbert Morrison primary school came to Tate South Lambeth library to learn about guide dogs for the blind, how to use braille and to try out the Thunder screenreading software.  The children helped make one of the library computer keyboards accessible by using big print stickers.  The large print keyboard has proved very popular with both sighted and visually impaired users, so many thanks to the children and teachers at Herbert Morrison.

In July 2012 the DIGITAL BAZAAR® was runner up in the national CILIP LIBRARIES CHANGE LIVES AWARDS.   Known as the ‘library Oscars’, the awards recognise unique library-based projects across the UK.  We are all very proud – and grateful to the wonderful team of local people who share their digital skills with neighbours each month at Tate South Lambeth library!

Great news – the DIGITAL BAZAAR® has been shortlisted for a big national award.  We are very excited, but we are not allowed to tell you the name of the award until the shortlist is announced at the end of May.  Thanks to all the wonderful ‘trainers’ who have given up their Saturday mornings each month to share their skills with other local people.   It’s been great fun and the sessions continue to create a friendly and vibrant space where you can come to the library and learn just about anything digital – and get to know your neighbours at the same time.

 Our very popular DIGITAL BAZAAR™ continues each month, with the next session on Saturday 23rd June 2012 at Tate South Lambeth Library.  The 9 sessions we ran in 2011 produced fantastic results, with over 120 local people involved as trainers/learners and 300 hours of one-to-one training delivered on subjects ranging from how to use Skype, manage your money with Excel or set up a website to taking your first steps on the internet or learning to send a text on a mobile phone.  We are hoping start events in other Lambeth libraries soon.

The third series of DTVIP  sessions, for those with visual impairment, began on 7th February and will run every Tuesday for 6 weeks until Tuesday March 13th.  This group includes both new learners and others from the DTVIP sessions last year who are developing their skills and sharing their knowledge with the new group members.  After March 13th we will return to Stockwell Community Resource Centre to continue developing the DTVIP project.  If you know anyone in Lambeth with a visual impairment who would like to learn to use the internet using a screenreader, and to learn about some of the new tech gadgets available to assist the visually impaired, we would love to hear from them.  For more information read the DTVIP pages on this website, or get in touch using the contact form.

We are delighted to announce the opening of THE DIGITAL LAUNDERETTE on Monday 31st October.  Based at DIRTY LAUNDRY launderette, 255 Wandsworth Road, SW8 (opposite South Bank Gym, close to Vauxhall Sainsburys), the project is funded by a Nominet Trust/ UK Online Community Outreach grant.  With Stockwell Community Resource Centre we will be offering FREE training to help people to use the internet.  The sessions are on Wednesdays from 1.30 to 3.30 and will continue until the end of March 2012.

The next series of 6 sessions of DTVIP training on the Thunder screenreading software  for visually impaired people will start on Tuesday 20th September at Tate South Lambeth Library, 11.00 to 2.00.  The sessions will take place every Tuesday for six weeks.

The DIGITAL BAZAARTM has started again after the summer break.  29 people were involved at Tate South Lambeth Library on Saturday 3rd September.   Next session is Saturday 8th October 10.00 to 12.00.

Over our first 6 sessions, from January to July 2011,  100 local people have been involved in the DIGITAL BAZAARTM and we have delivered over 200 hours of training.   From older people who are trying a computer for the first time, to young computer whizzes wanting help with an android mobile, to someone needing advice on how to clear a virus from her laptop, a visually impaired person learning how to use his mobile as an e-reader and others wanting to learn photoshop, blogging, Facebook or how to manage their money using Excel or make soundtracks for their movies, we are the most mixed group you could imagine!  There are now 30 active trainers with more coming forwards each month.  To read what people say about us click here

Our DTvip pilot scheme to help visually impaired people use the broadband computers in Lambeth libraries via the free screenreader ‘Thunder’ will start on Tuesday 14th June 2011 at TSL from 11.00am to 2pm.  The scheme will run weekly on Tuesdays  for 7 weeks.  Further blocks of sessions will follow later in the year. This pilot is funded by a grant from Awards for All, part of the National Lottery.

The first DIGITAL TUESDAYS SCREENING,  Alistair Oldham’s documentary BONNINGTON SQUARE, at TSL on Friday May 27th, was sold out, but we managed to fit in all 53 people who turned up on the night.   A wonderful evening which included a spontaneous sharing of memories of growing up and going to school in Vauxhall.  A great start to our screenings programme.  There will  be screenings of new films in the Autumn.

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