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We are looking for tech savvy volunteers!

Posted on: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Our exciting computer repair project is in need of committed volunteers.

FixIT doubles up as a computer shop and classroom, it takes people experiencing mental health conditions on as students, where they are able to learn new skills in computer repair, refurbishment and maintenance.

The project has a great impact on its users. The support of volunteers is key, as they offer guidance and empathy, as well as teaching valuable skills. The result is a huge boost in confidence and a sort of snowball effect where the student can then move on to learn about more advanced topics.

We have included an attachment on this page which gives full details of the role, as well as ideas on the sort of person we are looking for.

If the role sounds like something you would enjoy please get in touch - admin@band.org.uk

Happily supporting coding classes

Posted on: Friday, February 9, 2018

When not repairing broken computers, FixIT like to spend a bit of time upgrading working ones. They may decide to exchange parts to boost speed, memory or graphics, depending on what the computer is bound to be used for. They may even bring an older computer up to date with a Windows 10 revamp, which is what happened in a recent project for Westhoughton Community Vision.

 

The exiciting vision

Westhoughton Community Vision, a learning centre, offers a variety of social, leisure and vocational opportunities to its community. Already boasting a radio station as well as dance and theatre classes, the hub decided to expand its repertoire to include coding classes, which came with the hefty requirement of 30 PC’s.

Gaynor, lead of the hub, approached FixIT with the idea and in FixIT spirit they diligently got to work. They needed to upgrade a lot of machines to fit the bill as well as keeping continuity throughout the lot, which they were able to do, albeit with a bit of tinkering.

 

Minecraft coding

The result however, has been very much rewarding, as 60 children can now access Minecraft coding classes and the project has a view of expanding into similar adult sessions. It goes without saying that FixIT are extremely proud of their role in setting up the foundations for this and would like to thank Gaynor Ratcliffe as well as Westhoughton Community Vision for the opportunity.

All the best and of course, happy coding!

 

More about FixIT

FixIT are a charity computer repair shop. As well as this they offer free lessons in computer repair, refurbishment and maintenance to anyone who has experienced mental illness. If you are want to support the project, please consider donating your old unwanted computers, tablets or laptops, which will be used for teaching students and then selling to raise funds. You can also pop in the shop with your computer problems and queries.

Contact FixIT: http://www.band.org.uk/fix-it/contact

Rally Round Me - Why we're excited

Posted on: Friday, January 26, 2018

When a family member needs some support, it can be a hard time for both the person supporting as well as the person recieving support. We would always prefer to look after our loved ones ourselves, but the strain on one carer can be very demanding too, which can have knock on effects.

The mobile app

We have recently adopted a resource called Rally Round Me. It is an app designed to grow a persons support network, and eliminate the sole carer. Now the person being supported will have a strong network instead of relying on one exhausted person. There will be adequate support with tasks shared between a larger group of people, all of whom will have unique traits and personalities which will be beneificial.

The support system could consist of family, friends, or professionals, who share duties over the app. For instance, the friend being supported may ask for some help with his shopping on Friday. Which will then be sent out as a notification over the app. Whoever feels it's convinient, can simply accept the invitation and then do the shopping on Friday.

Volunteer support

Among the support network, there is the possibility to include a professional, for this reason we have opened up several volunteer positions. The volunteer would make up one part of the support network, assisting a person day-to-day, working with them on recovery plans and building a positive partnership with the aim of growth and independance. The volunteers would be fully trained and supported by BAND. 

You can find out more about volunteering in this role at our volunteer information days. Details on the next volunteer information day can be found under upcoming events, on our homepage.

If you have any questions, we are available by phone or email.

Christmas Mental Health Support

Posted on: Thursday, December 21, 2017

It is true that Christmas is a wonderful time of year. But it can also lead to high stress and anxiety. If you find that your mental health is suffering there are various organisations around Bolton who can lend some support over the holidays. You can find different organisations and their opening hours here: http://www.boltonccg.nhs.uk/patient-zone

Please do have a lovely Christmas and make sure you look after yourself.

Live a more fulfilled life

Posted on: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Every day can be a great day. Everyone should be in control of their life, experiencing happiness and achievement.

We are running a course for people who want to live life being the best they can, enjoying better relationships, increased confidence and a better ability to deal with problems.

It is free, but we ask that you register as there are limited places on the course.

The course begins Tuesday 31st October, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

If you're interested email: life.skills@band.org.uk or call BAND on 01204 380643

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