Six Organisations Secure a Place on #NotWithoutMe Accelerator to Support Digital Inclusion Projects with Vulnerable Young People

June 7, 2018

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Six organisations from across the UK have secured funding and a coveted position on the Carnegie UK Trust’s #NotWithoutMe Accelerator programme to develop a digital inclusion initiative. Each of the organisations have been awarded £3,000 and given a unique opportunity to gain valuable ‘start-up’ support to design and refine its project idea. At the end of this process, the organisations will have an opportunity to apply for a further £40,000 funding and ongoing support.

The #NotWithoutMe Accelerator was set up by the Carnegie UK Trust to allow organisations the time, resources and support from peers and experts to develop their approaches to delivering digital inclusion projects with vulnerable young people aged between 11 and 25. The #NotWithoutMe Accelerator will provide organisations with the opportunity to access expert knowledge and a package of resources, to develop and refine their digital projects over a six month period, through a tailored programme of training and support.

Douglas White, Head of Advocacy at Carnegie UK Trust, said:

“As a society, technology and digital skills are now a fundamental part of everyday life. However, we must not assume that just because young people have grown up in the digital age that they automatically have the skills and confidence to navigate the digital world effectively. Many young people need support to develop their skills, to take advantage of the many benefits that technology can bring while also managing the risks. Removing barriers and creating opportunities to facilitate digital inclusion will have a positive impact on our society as a whole.

“The #NotWithoutMe Accelerator is allowing us to work with some impressive organisations across the UK who are already doing great work in the local community. We hope that this support allows them to kick-start this new digital skills project and help change the lives of more young people.”

The six successful applicants for the #NotWithoutMe Accelerator were selected by the Carnegie UK Trust’s Advisory Group, made up of experts from across the youth and digital sector. Applicants were judged on a number of criteria including their commitment for creating change within their communities, how their project will support digital inclusion amongst specific groups of young people, and the opportunities available to scale and share learning.


Information about successful participants:

  • Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) is a grass roots organisation directly managed by refugee communities which has been providing practical support for those fleeing persecution, conflict, and various forms of injustice and abuse for over 22 years. The network is looking to introduce a new digital skills course as part of wider employability skills training.
  • Your own Place CIC aims to find new solutions to prevent youth homelessness in Norfolk and tackling digital exclusion is a key component of this strategy.
  • Tower Hamlets Young People’s Advice Centre provides support as well as free, confidential and impartial advice to young people up to the age of 25 who have special education needs and disabilities. They want to further support the development of their digital skills, and better navigate the modern technological world.
  • ProMo-Cymru aims to tackle digital exclusion, and the social barriers this often creates in Wales by working in partnership with Cardiff Youth Service to provide a group of young mothers and a group of young people excluded from mainstream education with an opportunity to gain creative experiences and encourage digital skills development.
  • Norfolk Library and Information Service supports a number of vulnerable groups and is looking to work more with care-experienced young people to deliver extensive training to help grow their digital skills.
  • Rural Media Charity uses film, media and digital arts to educate, influence change and celebrate rural life. Rural Media will work with GRT young people locally and nationally to develop their digital skills through specific workshops and creative technologies including film.


For more information about the #NotWithoutMe Programme please click here.


Photo of the #NotWithoutMe Advisory Group (L-R) Colette Slevin (Mencap in Northern Ireland), Douglas White (Advisory Group Chair, Carnegie UK Trust), Kirsten Naude (The Children’s Society), Sally Dyson (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations), Cliff Manning (Carnegie UK Trust Associate), Ian Power (, Avi Gillis (DCMS), Anna Grant (Carnegie UK Trust), Mezz Lewis (Barnardos), Chris Ashworth (Nominet).