Keeping it human conference and accessibility awards

Posted on 2 December 2015

London Voluntary Service Council, HEAR Network, Race on the Agenda, LASA and Women's Resource Centre held their 3rd Annual Conference and the HEAR Networks Accessibility Awards on the 25th November. The conference considered what the challenges and opportunities for VCSE organisations arising from the rapid growth of the use of digital technology.

Accessibility Awards 8 Accessibility Awards 1 Accessibility Awards 6



Miles Maier from LASA spoke on the digital challenges and opportunities facing community organisations PPT

David Wilcox, Social Reporter talked about Maps,apps and storytelling

Amanda Coyle, GLA spoke about about the Mayors Digital Inclusion strategy PPT

Tim Wilson from City Bridge Trust and Simon Marshall from the Big Lottery Fund considered the gaps in current VCSE work with regard to digital tech, the gaps not being addressed by current funding in regard to this area and potential ways forward for funders and VCSE organisations in enabling effective use of digital tech.


We also held workshops and IT surgeries to support organisations make the best use of digital technology to improve their impact and reach:

  • Influencing through the use of digital and social media

Digital and social media presentation

Social media workshop

  • Beyond digital - Accessible services

Accessible services workshop handout

  • Maps, apps and  storytelling - putting the model into practice

Maps, apps and storytelling resources and links

Tackling Racism in the age of Social Media

ROTA: Racism and social media presentation PPT

HEAR Network's Accessibility Awards

The conference was followed by the HEAR Network's Accessibility Awards.

The Access Awards showcased examples of good practice in accessibility and inclusion by HEAR network members in service delivery, and how small changes can have a big impact!

Solace Women's Aid were presented with an award for their work on improving the inclusion of deaf and disabled women in domestic and sexual violence services. A case study has been produced highlighting the challenges and learning from this work.

Solace Women's Aid case study

The conference also heard presentations from Bexley and Bromley Accessible Transport and Young People for Inclusion on their work to support access and inclusion. You ca  fiind the presentations below. To find out more or to find out about training and support to improve the accessibility and inclusivity of your services for all Londoners please contact

Young People for Inclusion presentation PPT

Bexley and Bromley Accessible Transport Scheme presentation PPT

Winner of the award was Solace Women's Aid: presentation PPT