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Digital Inclusion Skills for Carers bringing Opportunities, Value and Excellence (DISCOVER)
Date du début: 1 avr. 2012, Date de fin: 31 mars 2015 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

DISCOVER aims to tackle 3 main issues: increased digital competences and engagement of social inclusion actors (carers); increased use of ICT solutions for delivering social support and care; and raising the profile of social inclusion work.The project will create a new service to deliver digital skills training for carers. This will focus in particular on opportunities for informal carers as a socially excluded group. DISCOVER is based on existing eLearning systems in Birmingham (Birmingham City University, The Open University) and Thessaloniki (Aristotle University Thessaloniki). The DISCOVER platform will integrate the existing systems and provide access to rich digital skills learning experiences. Participants will use a variety of channels including computer, mobile phones and digital television. The project will also maximise value through repurposing and improving existing content. The DISCOVER platform will become the single point of entry for carers.DISCOVER will be piloted in 4 testbeds in Thessaloniki, several locations across the Netherlands, Zamora and Valladolid and Birmingham. 400 informal and formal carers will be given digital skills training. Carers will learn to become mentors for their peers and for the older people they care for, thus increasing the initial reach of the project. DISCOVER will enable carers to start on a learning pathway into wider education.Expected benefits are improved digital skills, better communication and support for carers i.e. less isolation through virtual and real social networks, increased confidence and thus a better quality of life. Indirectly a changed attitude towards using ICT for care delivery is anticipated which longterm supports more efficient care services. The 'learn to learn' approach will support personal development ultimately supporting employability. The benefits for the older people will lie in an improved quality of care, greater skills and self-reliance all supporting a better quality of life.



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