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Introducing Steve Sherry - Compaid's New CEO

Steve Sherry CMG OBE has been in the sector for over 12 years providing vital support for people with disabilities and health conditions. He is passionate about communities and reducing social isolation. After Stephen Elsden's retirement this March, Steve is now leading Compaid as we deliver transport services and digital training services right across Kent to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Get to know Steve and his vision for the future of Compaid in this video:  Join us in giving Steve a warm welcome to Compaid! We look forward to the future of the charity with his leading. 

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Morrisons Foundation Music Project brings lively music to our training centre

Our Music therapy offers vulnerable people the opportunity to use music to express themselves & explore their creativity, boost their confidence & sense of self-worth. Music brings people together & fosters partnership/group working, and can have a powerful impact on emotions, promoting emotional well-being which can potentially serve as a therapeutic outlet for some.  Thanks to generous funding from the Morrisons Foundation, we were able to buy some specialised instruments and sound equipment. This will enable us to Provide a diverse range of musical activities to cater to different interests & abilities, by offering a variety of options, participants can find something that resonates with them and keeps them engaged.   to enable those with mobility/dexterity impairments, to play a variety of instruments and blend sounds seamlessly to create beautiful compositions.  The impact our sessions have had for some of our clients....  Before his brain injury, Barry was an active member of a band, indulging in a passion that brought him immense joy. Determined to reignite that flame, he's been committed to attending sessions despite the challenges. Through his determination, he's gradually reclaiming his musical skill, mastering chords and blending them with backing sounds to create astonishing sounds.  Zara loves to sing and through our music therapy, we discovered that she has the voice of an angel. With the help of Jonathan, our Centre Co-ordinator, she recorded herself singing while he accompanied her on the piano. Zara has rediscovered a passion that she never thought she would enjoy again.  Despite facing blindness and limited hand function, Samson has adeptly mastered bass guitar and some percussion instruments. With our trainers' support, he has blended these sounds using specialised equipment, resulting in an amazing musical composition.  A few examples of how our sessions have inspired individuals to relive and enjoy their passion.  Samson is blind and only has use of one hand, but with the guidance and help of our trainers, he has learned to play bass guitar and percussion instruments using an electric music board. He was delighted with the amazing piece of music he was able to create with our support.  Stories of progress, discovery, and creativity such as these are shared every day in our Paddock Wood centre, and to our outreach team, who bring digital skills learning to people in the community who are unable to attend the centre. We are here to help people in Kent learn and thrive, and we can help you too.   Click here to find out more about our digital skill service:  

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Digital Skills Training: Our Big Give Christmas Challenge

The focus of our 2023 Big Give Christmas Challenge, which you can donate to from Midday on Tuesday 28th November 2023 - Midday on Tuesday 5th December 2023, is:  Digital Skills Training Digital skills are fundamental to use digital devices such as smartphones, laptops, computers, and the internet confidently.   Many of us take for granted how simple it seems to shop, entertain ourselves, work and manage our lives using these technologies, but according to a recent report by Lloyds Bank, approximately 11 million people in the UK lack the skills needed to get online. As our world becomes more reliant on technology, it is important that everyone, no matter their level of ability, has access to the resources needed to live with confidence.   Our digital skills support is available to older, disabled, isolated and vulnerable people living in Kent. Our experienced and friendly trainers identify learning objectives at the start of sessions, and work with each individual at their pace to learn new digital skills and build confidence. Where our trainer identifies other barriers impacting on an individual's financial situation, such as managing debt or housing benefits, they will work with trusted local advice charities to provide wraparound support.   These are some of the areas our digital skills support covers:   Setting up and using email  Using Google and Outlook accounts  Looking at laptop/smartphone functionality  CV work  Interview questions and techniques  Online job hunting  Looking for online courses on a range of subjects  Social Media usage  Looking at volunteer opportunities  Language and literacy work  By donating through our 2023 Big Give Christmas Challenge, you will be contributing to the provision and expansion of our digital skills support service, enabling our team of trainers to grow, and bringing new learning opportunities and resources to our clients.   Save the date: Midday on 28th November our Big Give Campaign will go live, and you can donate, helping us reach our £10,000 target. For more information about the Big Give Christmas Challenge and to donate, click here: 

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