White Water Writers Research

I’m delighted to share some research into White Water Writers peformed by one of our experienced leaders. The executive summary is: All of us are subject to dominant narratives. These are ideas of what is normal, accepted behaviour and attitudes. Dominant narratives are culturally constructed and resistant to change. Personal narratives are associated with identity and are constructed by ourselves. If personal narratives disagree with dominant ones, psychological distress may… Read Article →

Organisational Budget for 2019-2020

We’ve prepared the organisational budget for 2019-2020 (our year starts on September 1st so this blog is less late than it sounds). As part of that process we ran our first proper ‘variance analysis’ (or ‘I compared the budget to the actual spend’) for the last organisational budget and you can see it at  BudgetvsActualsForThisYear.  The variance analysis wasn’t actually complete because the year hadn’t ended and there were various… Read Article →

Long answer to a short funding question

Wrote this because we’ve been asked a simple question in a funding application wanted to put the reasoning somewhere in case we were asked about it in future. We’ve got this question (it’s for Children In Need) Over the duration of your project, how many children and young people in total will benefit from your project? Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total      We’re applying for funds to… Read Article →

White Water Writers Wordcounts

Quick post because I found a file in our dropbox that hadn’t been processed properly. I checked how word count changed over time for 20 white water writers camps over a reasonable period. The camps are all (I think) early secondary school: the outliers are groups with particularly difficult circumstances.  This is what the chart looks like: (this is all very rough btw, I crunched the numbers in excel and… Read Article →

Flowers for Turing Report 2019

Note, this post would normally appear on the http://flowersforturing.equalitytime.co.uk/ website, but I’m currently, ahem, locked out of that wordpress installation… So, this is what Alan Turing’s Status looked like on his birthday! You did this, once again you came together and did this, and you raised £2,100.15 for Special Effect. Accounting! Okay, the accounting part: We were again approached by a private donor, who, at our advice, sent £1,000 to… Read Article →

Communication Matters

We’ll be presenting at Communication Matters 2019. Our abstract is: Last year Comic Relief gave us £45,000 to make copyright-free resources for AAC.  We made what we thought would work, interviewed some AAC VIPs and then found out that we’d built the wrong thing.  So we made them again. We repeated that process a couple of times and rewrote The Open Voice Factory (our free open source AAC-software) completely from… Read Article →


New release for Open Voice Factory!

This Friday we’ll be updating the Open Voice Factory website.  There WON’T be much of a change for users, but there will be quite a lot of back end changes that make life a bit easier for us to add new features. The alteration WON’T affect any existing aids that have been generated, but it might mean that there is some downtime that prevents new aids from being created. Our notes for the release are… Read Article →


New project proposal: Digital Local Heroes.

A project we are currently workshopping…   For UK residents looking for historical information, Wikipedia is invariably the go-to resource. The English Wikipedia alone has over 2.6 billion words, covering 4.4 million articles.  There are many examples of extremely rich, detailed, beautifully illustrated historical articles. Unfortunately, Wikipedia also suffers from a systemic bias of editors. The average Wikipedian on the English Wikipedia is male, technically inclined, formally educated, aged 15–35,… Read Article →