Forum Central is leading on and working in partnership across a number of different Digital related programmes and projects, which are summarised below, with further links and details. If you are interested in finding out more about any of this work please contact us via [email protected]

Mindwell Leeds

Volition works in partnership with Thrive By Design to produce MindWell on behalf of the city of Leeds

MindWell is the mental health website for adults in Leeds. It’s funded by NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group to bring together information from the NHS, Leeds City Council and the third sector into one ‘go to’ place.

You can find out more on the website or by following us on Twitter

Digital inclusion

Digital Inclusion Networks

Facilitated in partnership with 100% Digital Leeds and member organisations, these networks provide a space for people from member organisations across our specialisms of Learning Disabilities, Older People and PSI to come together to promote and improve digital inclusion and participation, supporting the ambition to make Leeds the most digitally inclusive city for everyone.

The networks have been running since the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic and brought people together to discuss how to support people who use their services to remain together and connected to health, wellbeing and community based organisations during lockdown and restricted times. Networks have since evolved and work plans are shaped by member need.

100% Digital facilitate a number of key inclusion networks – you can find out much more about them on their website here

AlaDDin (Autism and Learning Disabilities Digital Inclusion Network)

In partnership with Volition, Pyramid and a wide range of Third sector organisations, you can find out more about the network, its purpose, impact and how to join here or by contacting Nicky Lines – [email protected]

Watch the Aladdin film here. In 2020 the network created a film to promote and showcase its fantastic work being done across its membership.

Sensory impairment Digital Inclusion Network

Set up in 2021 this network in partnership with Volition brings together members from across organisations working with people with sensory impairments. To improve digital inclusion and participation for people with sensory impairments, supporting the ambition to make Leeds the most digitally inclusive city for everyone.

You can find out more about the network and join by contacting us via [email protected] or [email protected]

Digital Inclusion for Older People Network

In partnership with Leeds Older People’s Forum – you can find out more about the network, its purpose and impact and how to join the network  here or by contacting [email protected] or [email protected]

Digital integration

Third Sector Visibility Project

Report coming soon

Provision and translation of core activities

Across the pandemic, third sector organisations within Leeds have adapted their support offer in tune with guidance and good practice. The benefits and challenges for the sector were explored in ‘The New Different’ project delivered by Forum Central. This adjustment in methods and means of service and support delivery has provided opportunities and challenges for organisations and the communities they serve. It has also had immediate and ongoing implications for organisations in terms of development of digital infrastructure (e.g., devices, broadband provision), but also staff training to support the growth in skills, confidence, and trust in digital provision.

Data sharing and information Governance support

The Third Sector plays an increasingly critical role within the health and care system. Third Sector organisations may receive referrals from public sector organisations, but a lack of data sharing infrastructure can limit how joined up collaboration between partners can be.  

Forum Central worked with colleagues in Leeds City Council and the NHS on a pilot project, supporting a cohort of Third Sector organisations to improve their information governance compliance, to support access to information sharing systems commonly used by statutory partners. 

This work was summarised in a presentation delivered as part of Leeds Digital Festival in 2021 entitled  Information Governance Compliance for The Third Sector

Should you want more information on the project, or access to project outputs please contact [email protected]

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