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Keep Connected grant helps Herefordshire based Social enterprise

10th June, 2020

Herefordshire based Social enterprise, Mission Me, benefits from Fastershire's ‘Keep Connected’ grant. 

Mission Me is a social enterprise providing educational tutoring and mentoring to young people who might be struggling with confidence or have experienced a disrupted academic life.
A key part of the group’s approach was providing support in students’ own homes, which became impossible following lockdown.
"It was a really scary time,’ said Tamla Bowdler, the group’s founder and Managing Director who is based in Herefordshire. "Almost overnight our revenue dried up but more importantly the need for our service increased."
It was at this time that Tamla heard of the Fastershire ‘Keep Connected’ grant of up to £500 available from Herefordshire Council, which is open to community groups and not-for-profit organisations to help them adjust to delivering services online.
Her successful application helped fund, among other things, a video conferencing subscription enabling students to continue to benefit from learning and mentoring following the move online.
"Without this grant we wouldn’t have been able to carry on," Tamla added. "But thanks to it we’ve actually massively expanded our service offering."
This includes launching the Skills Impact 2020 scheme which is a three-day online interactive programme for Years 10 and 11 students offering self-directed learning in an apprentice-style environment.
"Like everyone, our students had received no classroom teaching for a while," explains Tamla. "It’s a critical time for many of them. Work experience placements, for instance, went out of the window. But Mission Me works on a Confidence First model, placing the young person at the centre of their life, maximising skills they already have. We’re confident Skills Impact 2020 will help.  
"The programme runs between July 6 – 17 and is very different to school lessons, helping develop communication, teamwork and leadership in a variety of real-world scenarios. Without the Fastershire funding, this simply wouldn’t have been possible."

Simultaneous use

With a slow internet connection you can have problems doing more than one thing at a time online. With faster broadband the whole family can be online doing homework, watching iPlayer, keeping in touch with friends on Skype or Facetime and doing the weekly shop all at the same time without any time delay or frozen screen.


Work from home

Working from home can now be as fast and effective as working from the office. This could save you time and money, as well as helping you to achieve a better work life balance. With faster broadband you could even consider setting up your own business from home as you would have the world class connectivity that could give you the edge.


Keep files in the cloud

Store photos, documents, music and videos online in the cloud rather than on the computer at home. Your files will be kept safe and you can access them anywhere. Fast upstream speeds mean backing up files is done in the blink of an eye.


Stream films & TV shows in seconds

With faster broadband you can download the latest blockbuster before the kettle has boiled or watch your favourite TV show online instantly.


Take an online learning course

With faster broadband you can study online with flexible hours and video tutorials that work immediately.


Maintain independence

New telecare services mean that people who are unwell, have a disability or older people can stay safe and independent at home.

Stream films & TV shows in seconds

Did you know that you can now access a whole host of council services and information online, such as reporting a pothole, paying your council tax, finding out when your rubbish or recycling will be collected and checking library opening times?

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Free 'Introduction to the Internet' sessions for communities in Herefordshire

Do you know of a group or club in your community in Herefordshire who would like to find out more about using the internet and the benefits of going online? 

Fastershire can arrange for a tutor to bring laptops and tablets to the group’s usual meeting place, or another venue with internet access, to demonstrate how to send emails, search for information about the local area, or shop or pay bills online, and then support them to ‘have a go’ themselves. 

To find out more please email go-online@fastershire.com. These free sessions could lead to a longer course for those who are interested in developing their skills at going online.




Go-online@fastershire Grant funding to help community organisations, groups and clubs in Herefordshire

Local community organisations, groups, clubs and other not-for-profit organisations in Herefordshire can apply for up to £2,500 funding to arrange internet support and training so that local people can make the most of the benefits of going online.

Click here for further information and an application form or email go-online@fastershire.com




Online Training Resources

Learn My Way (www.learnmyway.com) is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you to develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.  It's also got courses and resources to help you inspire people in your community to use the internet and help them improve their digital skills - including a 'How to be a Digital Champion' course.  

We also have a whole host of training guides here that you can download for your own learning or to use when training someone else.

Computer Training in Herefordshire

There are many organisations across Herefordshire who regularly offer computer courses and support for beginners. Information about just some of the training offered is available here.  Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact the organiser for up-to-date information on whether they are open and offering training.

For details of the free monthly workshops at Libraries in Herefordshire visit our events page.  These aren't running currently due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please complete the form and we will contact you as soon as this changes. 

Details of beginners' computer courses offered by Adult Education in Gloucestershire are here.  Please contact them for up-to-date information on whether they are currently able to offer training. 

If you would like to be notified about beginners’ computer courses offered by organisations in Herefordshire please complete this form.  

Where to buy

Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) or Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

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Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) Providers

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) Providers

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) is one of the world's most cutting edge types of fibre broadband with blistering speeds of up to 330Mbps and 1000Mbps.

If you get enabled with FTTP, you can order it through one of the following Service Providers.

We'll update this page as more ISPs start to offer FTTP.

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Here's a list of home broadband providers who offer packages for homes connected to Gigaclear's ultrafast broadband network, with links to their web sites, so you can find out if they're up and running where you live.

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Using mobile technology in the “field”

30 Oct 2018
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Location: Chedworth Village Hall, Fields Road, Chedworth, Cheltenham, GL54 4NQ

Date: Tuesday 30th October 2018

Time: 13:00-16:00

The potential to make efficiencies and improve communications through the use of mobile technology can be significant.

Attend the FasterFarmer's free workshop to learn what improvements in performance, monitoring and day to day work routines are possible.

Ian Beecher Jones, an independent precision farming consultant, will lead an interactive session to help arable farmers from acorss Gloucestershire make informed decision on the use of mobile technology for their business covering:

Use of farming related applications for mobiles and tablets for;

  • Weather prediction
  • Crop management
  • Market insight

Also, social media – friend or foe? 

This session will explore how farming can maximise the power of social media.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To attend

This event is FREE to arable farmers across Gloucestershire and to book your place, please contact the Rural Hub, email: bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk or call, 01432 353465.

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Chedworth Village Hall, Fields Road, Chedworth, Cheltenham, GL54 4NQ

FREE Beginners' Training

Get the most out of the internet with FREE training from Fastershire in Ross-on-Wye and Cinderford.

Booking is essential, please call 01432 260026.

No experience is necessary and equipment will be provided if required.  


The Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, HR9 7QD

How to use your tablet
Wednesday 6 June, 2pm-4pm

How to use the internet
Monday 11 June,10am-12pm

Introduction to email
Friday 22 June, 5pm-7pm


Belle Vue Centre, 6 Belle Vue Road, GL14 2AB

How to use the internet
Tuesday 5 June, 10am-12pm

Introduction to email
Wednesday 13 June, 2pm-4pm

How to use your tablet 
Monday 18 June, 5pm-7pm  

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