Making a difference in our communities through partnership and collaboration
Staffs CAN make a difference!
We set up the Staffordshire University Community Advisory Network (Staffs CAN) to create a forum for civic action and collaboration.
It includes representatives from our staff and student bodies, members of the public, community organisations, alumni, and civic and industry partners. We are now planning sub-groups focusing on the student voice and staff voice.
It builds on the three strands of our Connected Communities work – co-creation, community-giving and place-shaping. Our vision is for an annual programme of civic activities, teaching and research that is responsive to local needs and raises aspirations.
When we embarked on a project to boost digital inclusion, we found many people were terrified of falling victim to online scams. It was a key barrier to getting involved in the digital world.
But through the Discover Digital programme, they were able to build their confidence and digital skills. Some of our students became digital champions, operating from a pop-up shop where the public could drop in for advice.
People also had access to other bespoke support, including grants for equipment. And to encourage interest in digital technologies, we organised community sessions on 3D printing, VR and drones.
The project – funded through the Government’s Community Renewal Fund – was led by Staffordshire University in partnership with a range of other education, community and voluntary organisations.
It’s just one example of how we reach out to communities to make a positive impact.