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Digital Communities
Start date: Mar 31, 2016, End date: Jun 29, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Digital Global EU youth project has been developed as a result of the very low levels of awareness of the European agenda amongst young people in a urban and disadvantaged area of Nottingham City and OCT's. The area features relatively high levels of unemployment, young/single parent families, low educational success and a lack of desire to travel beyond a known environment.Our project will focus on supporting young people, to enable them to benefit from the opportunities that can be found outside their own, often restrictive, communities; not only in the local area, but also across Europe.There will be a focus on using the skills of the youth workers who accompany young people from partner countries to share experiences, encourage the mixing of young people from differing backgrounds and to generate a desire for young people to increase their own mobility, and access the opportunities provided by Erasmus+ and other programmes.The project will enhance the skills of the youth workers, as well as the support staff who accompany the young people, enabling them to share ideas, experiences and solutions to issues they face in working with young people from very disadvantaged backgrounds.The project will develop the employability of young people and also support the development of VCS groups in UK to gain an online presence and also research the needs of French and UK OCT youth groups use of ICT and develop a plan to work in partnership in future Erasmus+ bids. Digital inclusions is a vital requirement for young people with fewer opportunitiesWe expect that the project will have positive impacts on the young people taking part, both in the short and longer term. These benefits and impacts will include improved self-confidence, an awareness of European perspectives, a desire to become involved in the wider community, including actions such as volunteering, re-engaging with education and moving into employment.Those who participate in the project will become champions for such activity, sharing their experiences amongst their peers, and helping to raise the profile of Erasmus+ amongst other young people in the their local community, their City, region and wider.

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