Background to the project
The Barmby Moor Boot IT project started as a result of many different people and opportunities coming together at the right time.
The landlords at the Boot and Slipper pub in the village, Andy and John were running a coffee morning which proved very popular with older people. Being very community minded people, the notion of helping people out with computers raised ideas of running training sessions. This was discussed with key people within the parish council which led to an outline proposal being put together for a small fund being managed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Aimed in part at addressing social isolation in older people in rural communities, the ideas being proposed fitted the bill.
With an existing group of people, it was possible to demonstrate the willingness and demand from the group which led to a grant being approved. The East Riding Adult Education Service also saw the great potential of the project and matched the grant to run the first set of courses.
Twelve months and 44 people later, the luxury of funding the sessions is over but this has only spurred the group on to set up independently and apply for smaller sums to subsidise the continuation of the sessions.
The community, with support from the pub, the brewery, the parish council and the local authority have demonstrated that a willingness to get involved and work together can lead to long term benefits within a village.