We’re working with some of the best organisations across the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland through Techies in Residence. We asked each of them their views on why they got involved in the project, and what they want to get out of it.

Tell us a little about your organisation.

Mencap are here to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families now, and work alongside them for a better future.  Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.

What do you hope to achieve from the Techies in Residence Programme?

Mencap want to utilise technology  to support the facilitation of accessing communities by replicating their environment, activity and processes so an individual can experience the opportunity before taking part.

What challenge is your organisation trying to address?

33% of young people with a learning disability spend less than an hour outside their homes on a typical Saturday.  49% of adults with a learning disability would like to spend more times outside the house.

Our challenge it to reduce any anxieties or fears they may have about the activities to increase their confidence to engage and participate

What’s the largest impact that Techies in Residence will have on your organisation?

The largest impact TiR could make is enabling a person with a learning disability to become more independent and more active within their communities.

Our TiR project impact will be measured by how much we can reduce  a person with a learning disability’s anxiety in trying new things and increasing their confidence to become more independent and connect with their communities.

The Techies in Residence programme is an initiative of Social Innovation NI, managed by the Building Change Trust, which in turn has been funded by Big Lottery Fund and also Comic Relief. Innovate NI have been appointed by the Trust as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.