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Past projects

Nesta Inclusive Technology Prize

In early 2015, we partnered with Nesta to support the delivery of their Inclusive Technology Prize, a challenge prize that aims to foster and champion innovations in Assistive Technology that will positively impact on the lives of disabled people.

Business Booster

We wanted to level the playing field, which is why we ran Business Booster — an exciting new project to support disabled entrepreneurs from February to June 2015.

Whether you were about to launch, running a brand new start up, or seeking to expand, Business Booster provided you with expert advice and support to help make your business a success.

Worksmart

Worksmart was a voluntary programme that supported people to become ready for work, training or education that ran from October 2012 to October 2015.

It was tailored to individual needs. You had your own advisor who supported you into employment, education or training, to hopefully to support you to grow in confidence and live more independently.

Swansea Bay Digital Accessibility

Our Discover IT centre in Swansea ran the Swansea Bay Digital Accessibility Project, from September 2011 – February 2014, which aimed to support more people to get online. 

We provided assessments and training for both participants and volunteers. The project also offered hands-on experience of some of the best assistive technology available today. 

Social Business in Progress

Funded by the EU’s PROGRESS programme, this project aimed to combine the knowledge and expertise of partners from four European countries to create projects to address the problems people face when trying to set up a business. 

A practitioners’ handbook was developed to assess the impacts of social entrepreneurship by monitoring the development of pilot social enterprises and reporting on recommendations to promote the impact of social business in the EU.

Sport for change

Taking part in sport isn’t just a great form of exercise, it’s also great way to engage with local communities and help to improve your self-esteem, self-confidence and all round well-being. 

Thanks to funding from Comic Relief, from 2011 and 2013, Sport for Change ran seven projects across the UK, to help improve access to sport. 

European Highway to Entrepreneurship

Joined by six other organisations from Europe, we worked with people from disadvantaged groups to supported them to become more independent.

The partners produced a manual, which condenses the experiences and findings of the project and includes tips for tutors/advisors and information for people who want to start up a business or tackle the European market.

Download the European Highway to Entrepreneurship manual (PDF).

Ready to Start

The Ready to Start project ran from 2006 to 2009. We supported 735 disabled people to set up a business and a further 274 progressed into employment, training or found the confidence to take on a volunteering role for the first time.

The project provided budding entrepreneurs with training, adapted computer equipment and access to a Barclays ‘buddy’, who supported clients with their expertise in the start-up process.

Regional coordinators and distance mentors motivated clients to move through an individual development path and linked them with appropriate local support and services.

Download Ready to Start's closing report (PDF) to find out more about the project model.