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Include-IT Mersey is a new project, jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme.  The project will provide a personalised package of support to digitally excluded residents of the Liverpool City Region that are out of work to help improve their IT and online skills, confidence in using and practical access to digital technologies and, ultimately, support them towards and into employment.

The project will be delivered by a partnership of 23* not-for-profit and public sector partners spanning the six boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, with specific target areas in each borough.

Led by Sefton CVS, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium members, local Housing Associations and Local Authorities, this innovative multi-agency partnership is founded on partners that really care about their local communities.  It will ensure that those in need of support to help develop their IT skills, access to online services and digital technologies will receive the best possible service, whatever their starting point.  In addition to IT skills development, assistance will include employability and personal skills development to support people into or closer to employment.

The project is currently being set up and hopes to start being able to offer services to people from May 2017, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those already online, you can find out more and sign up to receive updates at

The VS6 network is seeking to appoint an Independent Chair (closing date: 5pm, Friday 11th March)

VS6 is the consortium of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) infrastructure providers across the Liverpool City Region (LCR). It has developed to provide public and private sector partners working at the city region level a formal point of contact to engage with the VCSE sector, to debate, influence and shape policy and to consider how to develop a collective response. Members of VS6 have a collective reach, communication and feedback channels to over 8,000 VCSE organisations within LCR. We believe that VS6 has a vital role to play in ensuring that devolution delivers tangible benefits to local communities.

As part of our development, we are looking for an independent chair of the consortium. This is an exciting role, working in partnership with members to develop VS6 strategic objectives, providing leadership and representing the collective voice of VS6 when required and ensuring the efficient conduct of the consortium’s meetings. The successful candidate will have effective networking skills and ability to represent VS6, effective chairing skills and previous experience in the role of Chair and a good understanding of the changing political climate in which VCSE infrastructure support operates. Our new chair will have credibility with external partners and a good understanding of the role of VS6.

We expect the time commitment for the chair to be approximately one day per month. This is a voluntary position.

Supporting information:

•             Role Outline and Person Specification

•             VS6 Terms of Reference

To apply to be considered for the role, please send a CV and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to the address below

VS6 Chair
Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,
L22 0LG

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 11th March . Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates during the week commencing Monday 21 March .


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The way we view websites has changed

In the last few years there has been a minor revolution in the way that we view websites i.e. the introduction of smartphones, ipads and tablets. Websites were then primarily viewed
via desktops and laptops, using a mouse or a trackpad. Today’s new devices are touch screen and, so, in order to be user friendly, websites need to be designed in such a way that they are easy to navigate, using just a thumb or finger. With the release of Iphone 6 and the new Galaxy Note 4, you can see that bigger mobile phone devices are on their way - they are almost becoming a cross between phones and tablets – and are being nicknamed ‘phablets’. So, viewing websites via a mobile phone is fast becoming the major platform for accessing the web and is predicted to take over desktop internet usage this year. Some sites recognise this by currently having a separate “mobile” version of their site but increasingly, new sites are designed so that they will be mobile friendly automatically whatever device they are viewed in and whatever browser is being used.

Joomla 3 was released in December 2014.

It is mobile ready, user friendly and most importantly the latest Joomla 3 templates have a “bootstrap” format - i.e you can view them on your mobiles and tablets.
Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS or JS framework for developing responsive, mobile-first websites. Using these new Joomla 3 templates we can build sites that have:

  • A single column layout. These use the entire width of the screen, and avoid the user having to pan back and forth or zoom in. The content expands down the page- because users intuitively scroll down on a touch screen device. 
  • Buttons or targets for clicking around the site which are big enough to be clicked on with a fingertip e.g they are easily selectable (around 45-57 pixels in size).
  • Less clutter. As the websites are viewed on smaller devices the designs have to be simpler and the text content reduced. The user should scroll down to pages that contain easy to consume bites of information.
  • A better rating by search engines. The SEO (search engine optimisation) of your site will improve and Google now prefer responsive designs when scoring websites.

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