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eQuality Time is offically a registered Charity!

“Dear Contact You have applied to register the above organisation as a charity. We are satisfied that EQUALITY TIME LTD is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1177233.” Yes, we have finally found time to offically register as a charity! The process involved jumping through a few hoops – changing our objectives as an organisation (the CC thought that… Read Article →

Open Source Medical Devices

The Open Voice Factory is an Open Source Medical Device, so when I saw a video called “Are We Ready for Open Source Medical Devices?” from Hackaday, I was interested. Althought Ashwin is much more hardware-focused than we are, but it’s worth watching the whole video, and my main highlights were: Ashwin gives a nod to the difficulty in registering medical devices “More than the topic of a PhD” – I’d… Read Article →

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Cover story

The books of White Water Writers have some amazing covers. Here’s two of my favourites. These were both produced by amazing artists from the same schools that produced the novelists. I love it when we get great art because it means that yet another student got to see their work be part of something really real. Like the writers, the artists work best when they know what to do and when… Read Article →

White Water Writers Research Snapshot.

The team at Keele Univesity have sent over their a snapshot of their recent research into the White Water Writers project we run  and we thought you might be interested in reading it. There’s a full PDF of the research, and a short summary below. Summary 179 secondary school students were given questionnaires before and after the White Water Writers intervention.    Student questionnaires showed statistically significant gains in: Writing skill Team… Read Article →

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Opening up our bid writing process

Most of eQuality Time’s projects need grant funding to run. So we’re keen to get good at writing grant applications. We also want to be as transparent as possible.  We decided to bring these things together. This blog post was created to document the process of applying to Virgin’s #iwill Take Action fund with the Supertitle project. The Virgin #iwill fund Take Action is awarding grants to organisations with the aim of … Read Article →

On Writing Prompts

I was asked for my thoughts on the writing prompts we use in the White Water Writers project today, and rather than write a long email I thought I’d write a medium blog post. For our writing projects, we start from three different places, depending on the situation. I want to talk about the advantages and also the constraints of each. Blank slate When I train new leaders at camps, and… Read Article →

Uber signs up.

Uber’s highly controversial approach splits people, even within disability – I know people who depend on it, and people who are unable to use it because of the accessibility of the cars. I think that a lot of the decisions made by Uber are wrong – I also think some of them are relics of a time when they were a tiny upstart in a market that is famed for companies… Read Article →

Accelerated Education

Recently I was in Washington, D.C., at an education event. The event was hosted by the  Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG), which is made up of education partners working in Accelerated Education (AE). The AEWG is currently led by UNHCR, with representatives from UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, ECCN, NRC, Plan, IRC, Save the Children, and War Child Holland.  I didn’t take any pictures because it was the sort of room where… Read Article →

Art!

This past week eQuality Time has been at Bath Spa University – launching our first artistic project! Early in the year we responded to this call to produce an artwork for Bath Spa’s Media Wall.  They were looking for a data-driven visualisation that involved creative writing from young people in secondary school.  Thanks to the White Water Writers project – we have the most detailed data on how young people write novels in the… Read Article →

Flowers for Turing 2017

It’s that time of year again… Alan Turing’s Birthday is on the 23rd of June. We’re going to make it special. Every year, people (mostly from reddit, it turns out) pledge bunches of flowers to be placed at Alan Turing’s statue in Manchester for his birthday. In the process we raise money for the amazing charity Special Effect, which helps people with disabilities access computer games. In 2013 we raised… Read Article →