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We have been an innovative social enterprise working within the Third Sector since 2001. Much of our work involves developing the Information and Communications Technology infrastructure of organisations through the implementation of software and hardware combined with training.

We have a proven track record in attracting additional funds to support our work which has helped us develop a unique network of partners both within the UK and across the European Union. Our networks give us unique access to a varied range of funding to help us create and develop our work which is creating a fusion between the private sector and Public and Third Sectors.

Our specialities are:

  • Developing and deploying bespoke on line tools that are common place in the private sector for use within the Public and Third sectors.
  • Funding and Project Management helping identify UK and EU funding that small organisations can use to support their mainstream activities.
  • Developing new networks of organisation and individuals to help build more lasting partnerships that can offer greater stability than a small/micro enterprise can achieve on it's own.
  • A full end to end service of design, build and hosting all online solutions with an extensive range of support services.

Third Sector Compliance

Thursday, 14th April 2016

Nornir have recently developed software that is being used in the compliance industry. The to be compliance in the private sector is an essential fact of life and in fact the requirements to be compliant evidence your compliance is set to increase rather than decrease.

Unfortunately, the Third Sector does not have the resources of the time to set up and evidence their compliance and therefore it’s often ignored. To help to overcome this problem we have adapted one of the commercial projects to allow the risk and compliance requirements to be set up by the user (organisation) without the need for expensive consultants and experts.

 We are currently looking for funds to help us develop the schemas that are required and have produced a promotional video to help promote the  work.

Chalk Garden Rail, another My Wargaming Life site

Thursday, 4th February 2016

We have recently developed a simple and cheap e-commerce web site. The main aim is to allow individuals and small organisations to advertise and sell their goods and services without the need to buy into the existing expensive e-commerce web site developers.

Based in Gravesend, Kent, Chalk Garden Rail are a family run business selling G Scale model railway and table top wargaming items. They are also the only LGB Service Provider in the United Kingdom.

Our system provides a cheap (£10 per month) system that’s easy for the user to update and maintain.  It allows people to update their own information as and when they need to, thereby keeping costs down.

They system links automatically to PayPal but if required it can be set up to take payments via other secure methods.

See Chalk Garden Rail for an example of how the system works.

http://www.chalkgardenrail.co.uk/

Hidden Artizans: Darkops

Sunday, 29th November 2015

Darkops are a small micro business who started trading in the autumn of this year (2015) after the disaster of redundency due to the closure of City Link. Steve Perry, the founder, having dreamed of starting a small business related to his passion of table top wargaming, took the plunge and Darkops is the result.

Being a member of and contributer to My wargaming Life, he contacted us and we provided him with our e-commerce platform. One of our hopes for this particular community is to provide small businesses, such as Darkops, who create niche products access to low cost tools like our e-commerce platform. There are many such micro businesses in and around the table top (and board games) wargaming hobby who produce highly detailed and intricate works, from sculptors to graphic artists, figure painters and scenic creators. small publishing houses and more. Aiding these enterprises can only help create jobs and add to our national economy.

To visit the Darkops website, follow this link: www.darkops.co.uk

Bridge Community Farms Website is live

Wednesday, 11th November 2015

Bridge Community Farms have just released their new Nornir developed web site at: http://www.bridgecommunityfarms.co.uk/

The Farm provides employment and volunteering opportunities for local people. It is also engaged with the local community using the produce of the farm to foster healthy eating habits.

We are hoping to use the development of the web site and the links with Bridge Community Farms to expand the concept of Urban Farms.  By setting up a farm that will work with ex-prisoners providing them with employment and volunteering opportunities will help them settle into a more stable life styles.

Our new Community Toolset is in public beta

Saturday, 26th September 2015

The first deployment of the new Community Toolset is now live in the form of “My Wargaming Life”. This community is aimed at hobbyists and is deployed as a "working" public domain  example of the Community Toolset platform.

The Community Toolset will be replacing the previous version used to create the Share On community and we will be moving the Share On community over to it some time in 2016.

In this new version we have completely rewritten our community platform. We have made it  “mobile friendly” by making extensive use of the Twitter Bootstrap framework. As with the previous version, it is fully modular and the API allows custom modules to be added very quickly. Making it, we hope, cost effective to Third Sector clients.

Visit My Wargaming Life at https://www.mywargaminglife.com/

Taxonomies and repository for VET and copyrights and data protection associated

Tuesday, 30th June 2015

The technology is developing rapidly, without pause. Training environments together with web 2.0 are entering VET institutions. So technology is starting to be present every day in the classroom and therefore teachers can (and should) create, search and customise every day web based educational resources to bring to their classes in order to improve the teaching and learning of their students. Their present students are surrounded by technology devices, so approaching their current language in their classrooms will get bigger motivation and involvement from their students.

 

There are not significant reference sites to search for these resources, and when found, you get no information that could show how good that resource could be for your class. In this project we will look for different existing sites and analyse how they are working. Together with that, and having that analysis as an input, we will propose an educational resources taxonomy for store and retrieval. These taxonomies will be tested in 3 different subjects (i.e. ICT, Language training, Situation/Game oriented learning) included in different VET vocations, plus European citizenship as a fourth item. Final selection will be done in the first meeting. This pilot will be carried out using a web based environment that will be developed in the project which will be using the taxonomy worked out in the project for each subject.  This environment will therefore be the first seed of a VET educational resources repository. Creative Commons will be promoted among teachers involved in the project, in order to make wider the possibilities of the repository to be used, but there will also be a study about copyright and data protection issues involved.

 

Project website address               http://revetax.eu

Gain entry to repository               http://revetax.eu/repository

 

Bridge Community Farms Joins Share On

Bridge Community Farms

Tuesday, 23rd June 2015

Bridge Community Farms is a social enterprise based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. We are a working farm that brings together people from all parts of the local community and offers those in need a helping hand. Our main purpose is to offer permanent and sustainable jobs to people who are long-term unemployed, by growing and selling fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs to the local community

Brexit

Monday, 15th June 2015

It seems that before the UK general election almost every news item was about immigration. There were claims and counter claims about the numbers and benefits of immigration into the UK. This was clearly about politics and not the economics of the situation because now we hear very little about the numbers of immigration - immigration is something that is happening to those unfortunate to be drowning in the Mediterranean Sea.

Now the debate has changed and we are now concerned with the effect that leaving the UK and the subsequent drop in immigrants’ rights to work in the UK will have on UK industry and agriculture.

Agriculture is now seriously getting worried – who is going to be picking our fruit is a question being asked.

See the link for an example: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/13/farmers-fear-eu-referendum

Perhaps the deniers and those arguing to reduce immigration and leave the EU can give us an answer?

 

TAT Conference

Monday, 15th June 2015

TAT international conference workshop took place in Rugby College on 14th and 15th May 2015

 

The Warwickshire Race Equality Partnership (WREP) facilitated the event. The event was a dissemination of the TAT Project. During the day partners and colleagues addressed the issues surrounding Xenophobia and the underlying causes that make people feel threatened by immigration.

 

 

Immigration issues in different countries

Networking

Wednesday, 5th November 2014

Immigration tends to be an inward focusing issue for many people. The content and emotive issued raised by immigration are based on what immigration is doing to “your” country.

 

So its a great chance to see how other countries are thinking about immigration through the Guardian newspaper who have published in October 2014.

 

This networking provides good insight to the cross cultural issues faced by all citizens in the EU.

 

Ten myths about migration

Writers from the Guardian, Le Monde, El País, Süddeutsche Zeitung and La Stampa address some common claims about migration and assess whether they are true in their country

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/21/ten-myths-migration-europe

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